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“Bike & Upcycle” Erasmus+ Youth Exchange

From 2-10 October 2022 in Bitola, N. Macedonia was held this Youth Exchange with participants from 🇭🇷Croatia, 🇩🇰 Denmark, 🇧🇬 Bulgaria and 🇲🇰 N. Macedonia.
 

The participants were faced with the topics of transport, environment, climate change and sustainability. They were able to get deep insights into the situations of the other countries that were partners in this exchange, which let them compare the situation with their own home country. They reflected on the similarities and differences in their urban transport realities, and they better understood the context they live in.

The working methods were based on non-formal education principles. There was diverse indoor and outdoor workshops that started with introduction games, then team-building games, lectures, brainstorming activities on various related issues, study visits, movie nights and individual and group reflections. Learning by doing methodology was implemented in the outdoor settings – riding bicycles in the city, bicycles repairing, discussions and mural painting. Participants rotated in different group activities such as digital activism, bicycle repairs and the artistic expression.

Gallery from the event see here.

Articles from our blog you can see here.

This project was approved by our Nationa Agency.

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The call for paid internship is now closed

Opportunity for a three-month paid internship at the YMCA. Deadline for registration until 20.08.2022.

More details here.

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West Balkan Initiative

West Balkan Initiative started during the pandemic period and with the idea of improving self-sustainability, good governance, and idea-sharing for strategical funding as a group in the balkan region. The leaders of YMCAs in N. Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, and Serbia hold regular meetings where they discuss joined strategies and national plans in order to create the action plan for this West Balkan Initiative.

The goal is to develop every YMCAs local movement, reaching out to more communities with this joint effort, sharing our mission and vision.

Follow our facebook page for updates on this!

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Peace Makers Global Week

In July 2022 the Peace Makers Global Week was held in Oslo, Norway. We have been present in this event with a group of young people eager to learn more about fighting injustice and sharing experiences with other frоm around the globe!

More for this event you can see here. To read about the experience for our participants, see our article here.

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Empowering Summer Camp Youth Leaders or ESYL

After the short break, the ESYL training for camp leaders in the YMCA continued. Again in The Netherlands, in May 2022 leaders form several YMCAs from around Europe gathered to learn about camping, camp rules, camp games and other activities relevant for them as future leaders. We have sent our young leaders for this training, and their experiences you can see here.

Youth Center in every Municipality

Opening of the youth center in Bitola is ongoing work in progress. In the meantime, the Union held press release with the status of the youth centers across the country that you can see it here.

In the winter of 2020/2021 the first educational program for recognition of youth work on a state level was held. This program also provides means for formal recognition of youth workers who are working with youth for many years informally. YMCA Bitola was part of this process, and it is now among the first organizations in our country that has state recognized youth workers among it’s staff. 

Since 2019 YMCA Bitola is in collaboration with several local youth NGOs in order to foster establishing youth center in the city. The process for recognition of the youth work in N. Macedonia is lead by the Union for Youth Work, which is a network of organizations that promote youth work.