„YMCA Europe is a working fellowship to strengthen movements where people grow in body, mind and spirit.“

YMCA Europe Roots for Peace

The YMCA has historically assumed the role of working in and with conflicts as central to its service delivery. Committed to these historical roots and legacy, YMCA Europe has constantly initiated and implemented one-go projects and long-term programmes in the conflict transformation field.

Peace and Justice continuously remain a key priority within the YMCA Europe Strategy. The YMCA Europe Roots for Reconciliation long-term and large-scale initiative, successfully ongoing since 2007 remains a best practice in this line, continuing to build capacities and organisational culture for peace within its network and constituency and for the communities they serve.

The original aim of the project was to strengthen and extend the YMCA in the region of South Caucasus as a mass-membership movement standing for peace, justice and integrity of creation. Central to the way the project worked at that stage was through enhancement of camping programme as a shared activity that connects young people across socio-political and cultural dividers.