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Roots for Prospective Memory

The week of May 3 – 10 was planned to hold the first International Activity (“Prospective Memory” ProFest) within Roots in 2020, in cooperation with YMCA Netherlands and with engagement of partners from different parts of Europe and beyond to get together in Leusden, Netherlands and explore the shared history and legacy in the aftermath […]

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Roots Quarterly Report The Quarantine Edition

There are quite a few reasons why Roots has been around for so long, but if to have those listed – accountability and innovation would definitely feature among others. Doing the job well is the key, of course – but getting your story out and in the right way are by means less important.  With […]


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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.