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20th November 2016

The Youth Policy Group will play a central part in the creation of the policy document upon which YMCA Europe's advocacy will be based.

As a follow-up to the previous article on our new Advocacy Body, the Youth Policy Group (YPG), we have the pleasure to inform you all that it has finally been selected.

7 new members were selected to work on our Policy Papers, Policy Positions and External Representation, adding to the existing members, our Representative to the Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth, Tinna Steinsdottir and our Representative to the European Youth Forum, Heidi Silven. The new YPG members are:
- Gerald Chifamba (UK)
- Eliza Vas (Romania)
- Janette van Kalkeren (The Netherlands)
- Phillippa Lewis (UK)
- Martina Vitezova (Serbia)
- Eglantina Lula (Albania)
- Lea Suzanne Wisseler (Germany).

More information on their profiles here.

The YPG will have its first meeting at the start of December via Skype, and will meet in person around January 2017. Before this meeting, the YPG will be sent the drafts of 4 Policy papers on the 4 main priorities of our Strategy: Migration, Youth Unemployment, Peace and Justice, Youth Empowerment. These papers will then be sent to the Executive Committee, to a YMCA Network of Experts and to other YMCA youth platforms, like YES and Change Agents, to have the largest possible input and feedback on these first documents. We remind you that if your YMCA has an advocacy/policy department, please contact us and we will include you in the network of experts, to make sure that you will be able to participate as well in this process.

For any question you may have, please feel free to contact us at ilenia@ymcaeurope.com

Author/Source: Ilenia Ventroni