The 13th of November has been a memorable day for YMCA Slovakia, as the team celebrated 100 years since the establishment of the YMCA building in Bratislava, a cultural landmark and a cradle of the work our movement has been developing in the country.
Our Secretary General, Juan Simoes Iglesias attended the festivities, which included a “Scientific conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the YMCA building in Bratislava.”
The event presented the fascinating history of the building, the YMCA’s work in developing communities and also a detailed presentation of the remarkable work in the field of youth empowerment, camping, and community building during the 20th and 21st centuries of the YMCA of the Czech Republic.
The team responsible for the Refugee Skilling and Support Project, powered by Accenture Foundation, were present, outlining the meaningful work they do with the Ukrainian refugee community at the eDU and Mobile Youth Hubs.
Meeting in person with the leadership of the YMCAs of Czech Republic and Slovakia was a highlight this week. Learning about the deep and ongoing commitment of both movements with the response to the humanitarian crisis as a consequence of the war in Ukraine and about the plans for the future, showed the impact of our two member YMCAs at local and national levels.
Vision 2030 is in the agenda of both YMCA Czech Republic and YMCA Slovakia as a relevant strategic space for movement development.
As we conclude this momentous celebration, we carry forward the spirit of unity and purpose that has defined the YMCA’s presence in Bratislava for the past century. The connections renewed and the insights gained during this event will serve as a catalyst for our ongoing efforts.
With a shared commitment to the YMCA’s mission and the Vision 2030 goals, we look ahead to the future with enthusiasm and dedication. Together, we will continue to build a legacy of positive impact, community empowerment, and youth development in Slovakia and beyond.