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The Next Roots Quarterly is Issued

While global pandemic is still a major issue across the globe and mass gatherings are not an option in the majority of places, the Roots has been buzzing nevertheless – the digital space providing a very effective remedy for organizing a wide variety of actions that kept the project flag flying high during this challenging […]

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ProFest “Be a Voice not an Echo” – preparation starts

December is a month of presents, and Roots got a major one last year when our application for “Be a Voice not an Echo” study session was approved by the Council of Europe. Aiming to scale up the capacity and actions of YMCA Europe against hate speech using counter and alternative narratives as a tool, […]


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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.