What is the Mission of the Youth Policy Group?
The Youth Policy Group (YPG) focuses on building and promoting the policy and advocacy work of the YMCA at the European level, being active and present in various formal and informal settings.
The group’s main task is to form and present positions on behalf of YMCA as well as to write papers on policies and topics.
To do so, the members consult and connect with the Executive Committee, programme groups and representatives within the Movement on the national and international level, as well as with other Youth Organizations, the European Youth Forum, and the European Institutions.
The group aligns with the YMCA Europe Strategy and puts into practice especially the pillars of Representation and Relationship:
- Representation: “YMCA Europe is recognised as a Youth focused Organization that represents the voice of young people across Europe and its mission empowers young people”
- Relationship: “YMCA Europe unifies the YMCA movement across Europe, maintaining open and transparent communication and promoting a spirit of collaboration and joint working.”
The YPG organizes itself through Working Groups that specialize in different topics linked to the four pillars of the Vision 2030:
- Community Wellbeing
- Meaningful Work
- Sustainable Planet
- Just World
The working groups can consult in the drafting of a policy document together with other institutions, write a policy paper on their own or represent YMCA in conferences linked to the topic.