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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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Rooters wish you a Happy Birthday, YMCA!

For every YMCA person and no matter where we hail from, June 6th is a special day – this is when our organization was born way back in 1844. And ever since it has been the journey that touched and changed the lives of millions around the world! Generations are inspired by the story of […]


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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.