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NEWS ABOUT YMCA EUROPE TRAINING COURSE “LEADERSHIP ACADEMY” 2018

22nd February 2018

The training course is aimed at training young Board members (potential and promising young leaders) who will be able to work in local, National and International contexts as well.

We would like to announce that the first workshop of the Leadership Academy "Strategic planning and Project management" will happen 24-29 April in France.

YMCA Europe and several National Movements applied to Erasmus+ so to receive support for the course. YMCA Europe is thankful to YMCAs of Italy, Portugal, France, Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia, Finland, Ireland for possibility and great assistance to apply to National Agencies of Erasmus + through them. We have already received support from French National Agency of Erasmus + for the 1-st workshop and continue searching for funds for the 2 and 3 workshops.

The National Movements who have signed the mandates can still register their participants till the 12 of February 2018 here: https://ru.surveymonkey.com/r/82PKSNF

As new generations of leaders are growing, we want to ensure their growth as professionals and create an International network.

The "Leadership Academy" will consist of 3 workshops and fulfillment of homework between the workshops. Each session will last for 4 full days.


Schedule of the sessions:
1st workshop: 24-29 April, 2018, France
2nd workshop: June 2018
3rd workshop: November 2018


The "Leadership Academy" invites about 30 participants from various countries of Europe. The participants of the "Leadership Academy" will receive knowledge and master their skills in topics as:

1. Leadership: human rights, human rights based approach, leadership in an NGO, main competences of a leader, self-development, etc.;
2. Governance: democratic governance, governance and management, functions of governance bodies, main responsibilities of the Board;
3. Strategic planning: mission awareness, social relevance, understanding the needs of the target groups, how to make a strategic plan;
4. Advocacy and lobbying: the notion of advocacy, political system and decision making process, levels of social participation, instruments of advocacy, partnership and cooperation;
5. International cooperation: global citizenship, peculiarities of International work, Inter-cultural communication.


Homework will include:

  • "Seminars on Governance" to the Board members in their NGOs;
  • Elaboration and implementation of socially relevant mini-projects aimed at answering the needs of the target groups and providing adequate services for young people;
  • Advocacy campaign on relevant social issues.

Key criteria for choosing the participants:

  • Active or potential Board members of YMCAs (National and local Boards) and other NGOs with a potential to grow further, aged 18 to 29 years old;
  • The participants should possess a good command of English to be able to communicate;
  • The participants should have strong motivation for development as a YMCA leader;
  • The participants should agree for participation in all three sessions and fulfill homework;
  • The participants (or their YMCAs) pay participation fee (see details below).
  • The project team will agree the selected participants with National movements.

The responsibility of National movements:

  • To provide mentoring at all levels, especially at the stage of mini-projects' implementation and organizing seminars on governance;
  • To provide further involvement of the participants in YMCA activities at local and national levels.


We encourage National movements to share the total cost between the participants, local and National organizations. Such politics will minimize costs for each mentioned body and will raise motivation for a person to participate actively; for local and National Ys - to include these people fully in work of the Y.


Participation fee

The participation fee for the first workshop is:

  • Northern and Western Europe: 150 euro
  • Southern, Central Europe and Baltic: 100 euro
  • Eastern Europe, Balkan and Caucasus: 50 euro

The collected fee will cover participation of YMCA leaders in YLA who are not included to the grant, as well as other program costs (local transportation, stationary and materials, excursion, etc.) The Erasmus + grant covers travel cost (within the limits set by Erasmus +, which we will send to each NM), board and lodging.

We encourage National movements to share the total cost between the participants, local and National organizations. Such politics will minimize costs for each mentioned body and will raise motivation for a person to participate actively; for local and National Ys - to include these people fully in work of the YMCA.

The fee for the 2 and the 3 workshops is expected to be on the same level, however everything depends on the success of grant applications submitted.


The project's team:

experienced YMCA leaders and trainers, including:

  • Tina Larionova (YMCA Russia President, as trainer),
  • Martina Hudcovska (YMCA Europe Financial Executive Secretary),
  • Ilenia Ventroni (YMCA Europe Advocacy, Project and Fundraising Officer),
  • Olga Lukina (YMCA Europe Regional Assistant for Movement Strengthening and Project Management, as trainer),
  • Annika Thomsson (YMCA Sweden trainer and staff person)
  • Other experts.

The methodology of the training course will be based on interactive methods of education.


Read the Laedership Academy 2017 Report or download the pdf version here.