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


17th May 2018

2018 is the second year when YMCA Europe is running the educational course Leadership Academy.

It has already become a signature program of YMCA Europe as it empowers young people and equips them with relevant knowledge on human rights, social relevance of an NGO, strategic planning, project management, democratic governance, advocacy and communication.

The 1st session of Leadership Academy 2018 was organized from the  24th to 29th of April 2018, in Paris. It was supported by the French National Agency of Erasmus + through YMCA France.

30 young people got together from different corners of 17 countries: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Macedonia, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine.

The first session was devoted to mission and history of YMCA, target groups, social relevance, vulnerability, needs analysis, strategic planning, project management, coaching leadership, fundraising and included lots of interactions.

The participants received a homework to create, describe and implement social mini-projects, which should be relevant to their communities. It is important that young people understand what the real needs of their target groups are, what actions they can provide to solve these problems, how to put it in correct words in a format of a project application, how to plan, implement and evaluate a project. As always, the trainers team uses “Learning by doing” approach.

The trainers team included Annika Thomsson, a trainer of YMCA-YWCA Sweden, Tina Larionova, the President and a trainer of YMCA Russia, Olga Lukina, YE Regional Assistant for Movement Strengthening and Project Management, Martina Hudcovska, YE Finance Executive Secretary.

The workshop has shown that there are plenty of talented and motivated leaders in European YMCAs who can create changes by empowering other people.


Learn more about the 2nd workshop held in Slovakia - 19 - 24 October 2018

Author/Source: Olga Lukina

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