On Wednesday November 6th 2019, at the Park Hotel&SPA in Skopje was held the Corporate Sponsorship Reception in which YMCA welcomed the current and previous corporate partners as well as other socially responsible companies present at the event. The aim of the event is to celebrate the youth empowerment and social responsibility honoring the current corporate partners for the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program.
After the Executive Director of YMCA Viktor Iliev was introduced, he made a brief speech about the importance, added value and some of the key benefits of investing in the non-formal education for young people, as well as the rising social awareness among the millennials which need to be followed by the corporate sector.
Then he introduced the U.S. Ambassador, Ms. Katie Mary Byrnes who spoke about her recent visit of the YMLP camp and the importance to invest in our youth to have such experiences so we can become even better in delivering education imbued with sense of strong values modeled around the values of responsibility, courage and democracy.
Following were stories of the campers Spasko and Makedonka reflecting upon their recent camp experience and campers alumni Vjosa and Slave who shared impressions from their times at the camp, but also what inspired them later to become successful in life.
After that followed the ceremonial part to recognize the 2019 corporate partners: Mermeren Kombinat and OKTA as gold sponsors. SASA Mine and TAV Airports as silver sponsors, Alkaloid as bronze sponsor, Kromberg & Schubert as sponsor and ESM as Donor.
For this year we also had support through the Horus Macedonia’s “Sustainable Academy” project activities. From the training provided from them, we’ve learned some very useful practices and methods for communicating with our corporate partners aiming toward building more stable partnerships with them during the whole year round.
After that there was a period of informal socializing with some of our campers and alumni. This was a possibility for the company representatives to become better acquainted with the impact of the program through the personal stories of the campers. The whole event was a great opportunity for companies also to mark themselves as one of the leaders in the field of corporate social responsibility in the country.
Becoming partners in the implementation of the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program of YMCA truly means becoming one of the creators of this awareness, and for these companies means making this new future a reality in the field of non formal education in our country.
Photo gallery of the event here.