Roots at the “Campacity” – A Capacity building through camps

On February 26 – March 04, YMCA Camp Duncan, USA hosted 23 participants from various US YMCA Camps and six European YMCAs for “Campacity”, International Conference organized by YMCA of the USA. Camps have always been a vital part of the YMCA movement. Camps that have changed the lives of thousands. The “Campacity” project is […]


I am Roots: Max Danner

My journey with the Peace Work Institute started in an extraordinary way. It started with an old friend, a cup of coffee, and a December day. I was living in Baku, Azerbaijan at that time and had decided to use the chance to meet up with an old friend who was flying to Tbilisi to […]


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The YMCA has historically assumed working in and with conflicts as central to its service delivery. Committed to our roots and legacy the YMCA Europe pursues peace and reconciliation as a strategic priority.

The Roots for Peace programme, ongoing since 2007, remains a best practice in this line. In the framework of this initiative the Peace Work Institute scheme was piloted during 2012 – 2015 and approvingly evaluated by an externally facilitated outcome assessment process.

This evidence-based evaluation highly recommends the YMCA Europe to repeat the series of the Peace Work Institute for the next generation of the YMCA pan-European peace-cohort.