YMCA Tirana is an Albanian non-governmental, non-profit organisation which aim is to empower young people, by assisting and strengthening communities’ development.
YMCA Tirana was originally registered with the Tirana District court in 20.02.2009 under the name Albanian Centre for Community Integration and re-established in 13.10.2014 as Albanian Centre “YMCA Tirana”. It was made up by a group of young professions, which voluntary have offered different services and humanitarian aids to most vulnerable groups in Albania
YMCA Tirana provides services which address young people and communities’ needs in the following sectors: health, citizen and community education, environmental, social wellbeing, capacity building, public awareness and promoting their active participation in each step of development. Our aim is to give to young people opportunity to become leader and change maker in their community in order to live in the world where young generation will be active, and will have the possibilities to practice the skills in order to make changes in society. We believe in movements where people grow in body, mind and spirit.
YMCA Tirana has organized different community based activities, including young people in order to increase their participation in local community for different issues related to their groups and community in general. Our volunteers putt efforts and work with different target groups of different cultures, in most problematic issues that concern our society, focusing mostly in making the young generation more active and coordinating these activities, using different creative methodologies and tools. We are now in the second year of implementing the project “Youth advocacy on participatory government” in the frame of Global youth voice campaign, supported by UNFPA Albania, which is focused on building capacities of young people, students in high school, from suburbs or towns, in identifying youth related concerns and addressing to the local government units. They advocate for young people voice to be heard and their recommendations to be included in strategic LGU plans and budget. Within this project, we have organized a summer camp mixed with training sessions on participatory governance.
Involving in this network will improve and enrich the capacities of YMCA staff, volunteers and partners, but in the mean time will help the network with its experience in youth field, human rights, youth actions in national and international level. Being part of YMCA world Alliance, it is an additional value of our organization, which will be reflected in our profesional relations and will help in exchaning best experiences in international level. On the youth initiatives, we have been very active in international events and actually have submitted different partnerships with other YMCAs in Europe for building the capacities of young people in different fields. On this initiatives we can involve young people from your network, which will improve the quality of the services and national initiatives that network will be involved.
We will be exposed to enormous and amazing experience from the network members, their succeful projects and initiatives, their ways of working, and any other benefit we can easily adapte to albanian context.