Roots for Reconciliation is a YMCA Europe initiative for stronger youth activism towards peaceful transformation of conflicts in Europe.


The Roots for Reconciliation project was established in 2007 with the objective to strengthen and extend the YMCA Movement in the region of South Caucasus, as a mass-membership, ecumenical network standing for integrity of creation, peace and justice.

Central to the way the project has worked is the enhancement of camping programme as a shared activity that unites young people across socio-political and cultural dividers, with added value for the YMCA`s sustainable development.

The Roots for Reconciliation project implementation plan for 2012 – 2015 primarily presumes two sets of activities:

  • Peace Work Institute: designed for capacity building of youth opinion leaders from all over Europe, the conflict affected regions such as the Caucasus, and the Balkans especially considered.
  • Regional ProFests: or in other words programme festivals, are annual activities primarily designed for the YMCA Movements in the South Caucasus and their international and local partners. The ProFests are aimed at facilitating joint service learning and sharing best practices.

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