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  1. CHANGE AGENT TRAINING Welcome! We are glad you are here.

  2. Welcome to Prague! Welcome to Change!

  3. 270 Total Change Agents OUR GROUP 200 Change Agents in Prague 33 Africa 46 Asia and Pacific 24 Canada 63 Europe Latin America and the Caribbean 52 16 Middle East 36 United States

  4. OUR GOALS: Change Agents will… • Become a cohesive and dynamic globalteam. • Enhance individual leadership skills. • Gain knowledge of global issues that relate to youth empowerment. • Advance ability to implement the YMCA Change Model. • Understand role in One Million Voices research and World Council 2014.

  5. OUR PROGRAM Monday Orientation | Youth Empowerment Where You Live Tuesday Team Building | Connections Wednesday Going Deeper | The Change Agent Role Thursday Youth Empowerment in Action | Stories Friday One Million Voices Research | World Council 2014 Each day we begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12:15 p.m. Back at Festival site tomorrow (our tent is just inside gate).

  6. What ONE WORD best describes your feelings as we begin this training?

  7. RESOURCE TEAM BOB CABEZAYMCA of Greater Long Beach, California, USA ROMULO DANTASWorld Alliance of YMCAs SAMUEL DIAZ-FERNANDEZ LITTAUERColombia, World Alliance of YMCAs JOHAN VILHELM ELTVIKWorld Alliance of YMCAs GIL HARPER South Africa, Africa Alliance of YMCAs JEN HUTCHINSON Canada, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo MATHEUS MEDEIROSBrazil, World Alliance of YMCAs/YMCA Brazil RODRIGO MERINO Mexico, YMCA of the USA ROGER PEIRIS Sri-Lanka, Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs ALVARO RODRIGUEZ YMCA of Greater Long Beach, California, USA IDA THOMAS Canada, YMCA Canada BOB TOBIN Williams Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA GERARD TOSSERAMS Netherlands, YMCA Europe TRANG TRUONG YMCA of the USA JOSE VARGHESE India, World Alliance of YMCAs/YMCA India SELMA ZAIDI World Alliance of YMCAs

  8. The Big Picture Johan Vilhelm Eltvik Secretary General

  9. NEW WAY Strategic Plan 2011-2014 From Hong Kong to Prague } YOUTH EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT STRENGTHENING RESOURCE MOBILISATION IMAGE AND IMPACT GOVERNANCE GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

  10. NEW WAY Strategic Plan 2011-2014 From Hong Kong to Prague } YOUTH EMPOWERMENT Jobs Health Civic engagement Environment GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

  11. Strong Local YMCAs X Sleeping Global Dimension A travel through history...

  12. STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING 31 March – 1 April 2012

  13. NAIROBI STATEMENT The YMCA wants to achieve its full potential We therefore must be a stronger movement We therefore must attract greater resources We therefore must have more visibility We therefore must demonstrate greater impact We therefore must have a shared focus Relevant to the world Grounded in our mission Worthy of our aspiration Connected to our current work We therefore choose to collectively stand for youth empowerment

  14. THE VISION

  15. THE ROLE OF CHANGE AGENTS Be the change Communicate the vision Inspire action

  16. Youth empowerment where you live

  17. Global realities, YMCA implications Small groups Share your name, home, YMCA connection Appoint a facilitator Turn off technology Give everyone space to talk Listen fully

  18. SHARE AND DISCUSS What is your personal story of empowerment? What does youth disempowerment look like in your country or region? What are its causes? What is the YMCA response and opportunity? What is the opportunity for you, as a Change Agent, to help the YMCA improve its response?

  19. Romulo Dantas World Alliance of YMCAs

  20. FESTIVAL ORIENTATION What to expect: Participants and program What to do: Change Agent role

  21. SelmaZaidi World Alliance of YMCAs

  22. One Million Voices

  23. THE YMCA CAN CHANGE LIVES Change Agents collect youth empowerment stories at Festival Focus on stories that illustrate the YMCA Change Model: Useful questions: How did you first come in contact with the YMCA?How has the YMCA helped you or someone you know? You already have a powerful, personal story: Yours!

  24. START NOW! BE CREATIVE! On Thursday, we will share stories with each other. All week: Post stories of life-changing YMCA experiences Photos and videos can be uploaded, with permission of the person/s featured. facebook.com/groups/YMCAChangeAgents/ #YMCAchanges Photo@YMCA.int

  25. NETWORKING You can be the one who makes everyone else’s world bigger and better. Prague is your opportunity to connect with others, and to help others form new relationships that enrich their lives! The key to strong networking is to bring value to others.

  26. NETWORKING MY PERSONAL ASSETS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Name: __________________ Message: _______________ ________________________________________________________________________ Sharing your personal assets • Write down 3 to 5 things you have to offer others. • Form groups of two. Exchange and explain lists. • Write a message to the person whose assets you are learning about. • Return the sheet to its owner.

  27. SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER… As you collect youth empowerment stories at the Festival Get contact information for any personal story you want to tell.

  28. Have a great Festival Day! See you tomorrow. facebook.com/groups/YMCAChangeAgents/ #YMCAchanges Photo@YMCA.int

  29. CHANGE AGENT TRAINING Tuesday Welcome! Please sit with people you do not know.

  30. Turn to the people on either side. Introduce yourself, and your home. Share one sentence about someone (not a Change Agent) whom you met at Festival.

  31. CHANGE AGENTS MISSION: Change Agents will unite and lead the YMCA global movement into the future through a focus on empowering young people.

  32. TODAY IS ABOUT Connections | Doing the Work To form bonds, to address challenges…

  33. LEADER TO LEADER Ida Thomas YMCA CANADA

  34. Team Building Bob Cabeza YMCA of Greater Long Beach

  35. Change Agent Role BROADENING OUR UNDERSTANDING Johan Vilhelm Eltvik Secretary General

  36. THE ROLE OF CHANGE AGENTS Be the change Communicate the vision Inspire action

  37. Change Agent Concrete Projects One Million Voices World Council YMCA World Challenge Resource group on environment YMCA global digital accelerator

  38. Challenges you are facing 1. Risk that our “youth empowerment” focus is only internal—only about youth involvement in the governance processes of local and national YMCAs 2. Balancing investment of time and resources between actions at local/national/international levels 3. Cooperation with other Change Agents, especially from outside your country or area

  39. Have a great Festival Day! See you tomorrow. facebook.com/groups/YMCAChangeAgents/ #YMCAchanges Photo@YMCA.int

  40. CHANGE AGENT TRAINING Wednesday Welcome! Please sit with people you do not know.

  41. Turn to the people next to you. Introduce yourself. Share one sentence about your most amazing moment in Prague so far.

  42. CHANGE AGENTS MISSION: Change Agents will unite and lead the YMCA global movement into the future through a focus on empowering young people.

  43. TODAY IS ABOUT Working on the Work Describing a concrete, and game-changing, project. Addressing Change Agent questions and challenges.

  44. LEADER TO LEADER JOSE VARGHESE INDIA AND WORLD ALLIANCE OF YMCAs

  45. Selma Zaidi World Alliance of YMCAs

  46. One Million Voices

  47. What it is Comprehensive research for and with people ages 15 to 24. Project goal Bring young peoples’ voicetogether (individual and collective opinion). Outcomes we expect Contribute youth perspective on social justice issues, barriers and opportunities relating to employment, health, civic engagement, and environment.

  48. Participants Young people 15 to 24 years from diverse backgrounds in at least 60 countries. Meaning for youth issues Bring youth voice and perspective on policies and practices of youth-serving agencies everywhere. Impact and action Inspire new programmes, funders and advocates for empowering youth.

  49. Why the YMCA?

  50. Our unique position and advantage Globally: 119 national offices (average: 30% of national office board members are youth). Locally:11,200 locations, reaching 58 million people (28 million between ages 11 and 30). Worldwide reach: 7 regions - area offices in Africa, Asia and Pacific, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and USA.