„YMCA Europe is a working fellowship to strengthen movements where people grow in body, mind and spirit.“

EUROPEAN NATIONAL GENERAL SECRETARIES MET IN LE ROCHETON

25th November 2013

YMCA Europe´s 2nd National General Secretaries Forum took place in Melun, France, from November 18th to the 20th. Le Rocheton YMCA International Centre was the venue chosen this year and its staff joined efforts with YMCA France and YMCA Europe in order to provide this experience to 29 participants from all over Europe.

EUROPEAN NATIONAL GENERAL SECRETARIES MET IN LE ROCHETON

The two main objectives of this 2nd NGS Forum were to update the NGS´s about the YMCA-EU representation project seeking for further agreements on this strategic field of work and to share best practices, identifying relevant programmes among National Movements.

The draft of a Development Plan for the establishment of a YMCA Europe´s programme office in Brussels was presented and discussed among the participants. 11 programme initiatives that are being developed across Europe on the local and national levels were also presented during the Forum. A summary of the evaluation of the Festival, an input by YMCA Europe´s President Ed Eggink, an update on the World Alliance of YMCAs Change Agents and One Million Voices projects and a presentation about the structure and programmes of YMCA Le Rocheton were some other highlights of this year´s Forum.

The NGS Forum consolidates its purpose as a key working platform within our structure in the frame of our Movement Strengthening approach. It has become a strategic annual meeting for YE´s Secretary General, Staff and Executive Committee as we implement the 2011-2016 plan. We want to especially thank YMCA France for their warm hospitality, YMCA Canada for the outstanding support to this initiative and all participants representing 20 national YMCAs across Europe.



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