GLOW-YMLP Youth Development Program
The program is based on a combination of non-formal education composed of core curriculum and elective classes with experiential outdoor education. The program builds on many years of experience in the field of non-formal education, camp organization and volunteer service, gained locally, nationally and internationally independently and in collaboration with the YMCA Europe, Peace Corps and numerous other stakeholders in the mentioned areas.
The mission of YMCA and the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Progrаm is to empower the young people and develop the inherent potential they have by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become active leaders in their communities. This is realized through experiential education that celebrates diversity, builds academic and social competencies. The Program consists of 3 elements: Camp GLOW, Camp YMLP and GLOW-YMLP volunteer alumni clubs.
Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) is an eight-day, multi- cultural camp for young women that promotes leadership, civic engagement, and friendship. GLOW is implemented by the Youth Association YMCA in partnership with Peace Corps and it is staffed by YMCA, Peace Corps Volunteers, and GLOW alumni. GLOW is an annual summer program that has been held in Macedonia since 2002 in various locations. GLOW empower the young leaders to create positive changes in their communities.
The lessons include civic responsibility, leadership, environment, youth employability and women's empowerment. In addition, the camps provide opportunities for outdoor camping, teamwork, learning different sports and recreation, artistic expression and other useful and practical skills.
Young Men's Leadership Project (YMLP) is an eight-day, multi-cultural camp for boys that promotes leadership, civic engagement, and friendship. YMLP is implemented by the Youth Association YMCA in partnership with Peace Corps and it is staffed by YMCA, Peace Corps Volunteers, and YMLP alumni. YMLP is an annual summer program that has been held in Macedonia since 2006 in various locations. YMLP empower the young leaders to create positive changes in their communities.
The lessons include civic responsibility, leadership, environment, youth employability and personal development. In addition, the camps provide opportunities for outdoor camping, teamwork, learning different sports and recreation, artistic expression and other useful and practical skills.
GLOW-YMLP volunter alumni clubs
The impact of the camps is intensified through GLOW-YMLP leadership clubs housed in diverse communities around the country. The clubs provide an outlet where GLOW and YMLP alumni can share what they learned at camp with their community, though monthly activities focused on leadership and service to their communities. Clubs are developed and operated by YMCA with partnership from Peace Corps. Clubs are operated and staffed by YMCA staff, Peace Corps volunteers, and GLOW-YMLP camper alumni.
There are two different ways clubs can be realized, one is through regional clubs and the other one through the satellite clubs. Regional Clubs create spaces where club leaders and members follow a specific program with enhanced support from YMCA, while Satellite Clubs are mostly following the program of the closest Regional Club which is in their proximity, but also allowing their members to be creative and flexible in the implementation of the activities of their club.
Through different kinds of international opportunities such as personal and professional development trainings, youth exchanges and short and long term voluntary service, we enable our young people to gain and upgrade with necessary knowledge and skills to develop character so they can better answer to the nowadays challenges they face!
In this field we collaborate with World YMCA and YMCA Europe as part of few international program groups such as: Camping Program Group, Volunteers for Europe, with the non-formal network International Synergy Group as well as with other organizations.
Social Responsibility and Community Development
The civil society with involvement and active contribution of all stakeholders in public policies and processes is crucial for the development of local communities in which we live in and the society in general.
In this direction as organization we get involved and give our contribution in the fields of: youth work recognition, its development and relevant youth policies and strategies, implementation of youth programs in schools by empowering youth participation in the decision making, promotion of philanthropy by promoting volunteering and encouraging corporate and social responsibility among companies and citizens.
In that process beside with the above mentioned networks, we cooperate with other community stakeholders such as: Coalition of youth organizations SEGA, Union for Youth Work, Network for financial sustainability of CSOs, primary and secondary schools, municipalities, companies, governmental and local institutions.