About YMCA România Founded in 1919 by Queen Maria of Romania, the Federation of Young Men`s Christian Associations (YMCA Romania) is part of the worldwide YMCA family that operates since 1844 in 122 countries, with the mission to empower young people in order to develop characters and strong communities, in the spirit of Christian values, creating contexts open to all. The vision of YMCA Romania is to build strong children, strong families, respectively, strong communities, in which everyone has equal opportunities to learn, grow and prosper. The member organisations of the federation carry out their activities in Baia Mare, Cavnic, Timișoara, Constanța, Bucharest, Arad. YMCA Romania programs are relevant to the communities it serves, offering real solutions and concrete answers to the problems that young people, families and communities currently face: education, social, healthy lifestyle, climate change, structured dialogue and public policies. Asociația Young Initiative – România The Young Initiative Association (AYI) is a Romanian educational NGO that was founded in 2009 with the mission to empower people through education. AYI is doing that through 3 main pillars of action: Social Inclusion, Youth Empowerment and NGO Development. AYI aims at contributing to children’s and young people’s personal and professional development and to their education, so they can shape a life and career matched to their true potential. We believe in the power of education to change people and communities, to create opportunities and to support children and young people in reaching their true potential. A quality based education develops not only a free spirit, but also the spirit of initiative, critical thinking, curiosity and creates the premises of an independent life. Sdrujenie “Nadejda-CRD” – Bulgaria “Nadejda CRD” Sdrujenie is a non-governmental organisation from Sofia, Bulgaria working with children, youngsters and adults to promote cultural and educational values. Their aim is to encourage people to participate in clubs and activities, to develop their features, abilities and interests. Yearly the organisation works with more than 3,000 families as organises and supports club activities, concerts and performances, exhibitions, seminars and social clubs, and also takes part in national and European projects. As a cultural, educational and social organisation “Nadejda CRD” works also with youngsters with behavioral problems, people at the end of social exclusion and people with disabilities. The organisation believes that non-formal learning provides unique learning opportunities that bring big social change in the young European population. The Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service – France (CCIVS) Founded in 1948, CCIVS is a coordinating body for international voluntary service (IVS) organisations it is made up of over 180 diverse independent grassroots organisations in 90+ countries around the world (including the international networks SCI, ICYE, IBO and Alliance of European Youth Organisations) coming together under a common banner and vision that of social change through IVS and the ultimate goal of world peace. These organisations mobilize 30,000 volunteers per year and work with 3,000 local communities. CCIVS acts as a link to establish relations between the members and international institutions such as the EU, different UN agencies or foundations, organises interregional projects for IVS organisations, global meetings, participate in institutional forums at UN, INGOS, other public and private stakeholders in order to promote IVS, holding trainings for volunteers, leaders, trainers and for IVS organisations personal in order to develop its organisational capacity. Alliance Europeenne des YMCA-Belgia (YMCA Europe) YMCA Europe is a working fellowship to strengthen YMCA European movements where people grow in body, mind, and spirit, operating in Europe as an umbrella organisation serving 31 national members and 7 national associated movements. Through its members unites also over 4,200 local YMCA associations in this region of the world. YMCA Europe primarily organises/coordinates activities and events at a European level. It organises yearly several activities and exchanges of all types involving more than one million young people across Europe. The main beneficiaries of all actions are young people from different social, cultural and religious backgrounds. YMCA`s objective is to reach out and engage young people and their movements to become active and participate in society, connect them across Europe to learn from each other and empower them to fulfil their potential and influence decision making, as per the new EU Youth Strategy and Youth Goals.