Founded in 1919, YMCA Romanian Federation is part of the wide world YMCA family which operates in over 120 countries. Between 1945 and 1989 the activities of the association in Romania have been stopped by the communist regime. In 1991, YMCA has been re-open for activities dedicated to young people, having also branches in some places around Romania.
The main activities are designed for young people, teenagers and students, and are focused on trainings, social services, camps and outdoors, international exchanges, workshops, sports, community and youth centers and activities in rural areas. In Romania, YMCA is operating over 100 projects each year, having over 300 volunteers and 10 000 beneficiaries.
Since 2009 they are certified as sending, coordinating and hosting organization for EVS projects, with a renewal certificate in 2015.Their programs and projects are clustered accordingly with the YMCA Europe Strategic Plan in the 3 signature programs that reflect the YMCA unique character, ambitions and achievements as well as the Mission.
– Peace, Justice and Democracy: raising awareness courses or campaigns/events on different topics as peace, multiculturalism, flight against racism, stereotypes, xenophobia, promoting human rights, active citizenship, diversity, personal responsibility in a multicultural context, leadership development-local, national and international ones, related with different methods (coaching, mentoring), TenSing (leadership workshop using as tools music, dance and theatre), promoting active citizenship, civic engagement, European Voluntary Service, international youth exchanges, international training courses.
– Healthy Living: aikido, basketball, dodgeball, outdoor adventure combined with environment protection/awareness/solutions, after school classes, creative workshops, summer camps, antidrug campaigns; educational programs fighting child obesity
– Inclusion: programs promoting social, cultural, economical, religious, etc: for gipsy community, youth coming from disadvantaged areas/with less opportunities, orphanages, rural communities, unemployed people, refugees, asylum seekers; educational programs – for children, youth and elderly people – foreign language courses, IT courses, creative workshops, after school programs.
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