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Discover the positive organizational and community impact of Youth Exchanges. Learn how these types of initiatives can provide youth with new and relevant community experiences while opening a whole …

Discover the positive organizational and community impact of Youth Exchanges. Learn how these types of initiatives can provide youth with new and relevant community experiences while opening a whole spectrum of opportunities for your community, staff and members to explore global issues and cooperation North-
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  • The YMCA of GTA is the largest of Canada’s 53 YMCAs, connecting with more than 504,000 people at 274 locations across the GTA. Our Association serves the population of the GTA including Toronto and the surrounding regions of Durham, Peel, York, Halton and Dufferin County. In partnership with more than 250 organizations, we offer a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment education and placement, newcomer programs, youth and outreach intervention, fitness and recreation, child care and camps. Program Sites: 9 Early Year Centres 1 Resident Camp (Pine Crest) 1 Outdoor Education Centre (Cedar Glen) 72 Preschool Child Care Centres 7 Newcomer Centres 21 Employment Centres 8 Health Fitness and Recreation Centres 82 School Age Child Care Programs 12 Summer Camp Sites 9 Youth and Community Outreach Sites 1 High School Program (Academy)
  • We use evidence based conceptual tools to program design, delivery, evaluation and resear.ch
  • A way of thinking about health that includes social and evironmental factors, in tandem with biological and medical factors; corrsponds to the World Health Organizaiton definition “Helath I sa complete state of physical, mental an dsocial well being, not mereely the abasence of diesease or infirmilty. Economic and social conditions that influence the health of individuals, communities, and jurisdictions as a whole. • Determine whether individuals stay healthy or becom e ill • Determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment -Are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that a society makes available to its m embers
  • A collaborative process emphasizing the strenghts and positive features of an individual or a comuunity as the startign point for development rather than gaps or deficits (Search Institute) A concept researched and constructed by the Search Institute (non-profit, independent organization).
  • 40 Developmental Assets® for Adolescents (ages 12-18) Search Institute® has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets®—that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. A collection of experiences, competencies and values that researchers have identified as being deciding factors of success in the lives of young people.
  • You may well have come across the notion of 'Global Citizenship', but what does it mean? It is a term being used increasingly in educational circles, and consequently there are a variety of views about what it is. These range from the idea that everyone is a citizen of the globe to the standpoint that in a legal sense there is no such thing as a global citizen. Global Citizenship is more than the sum of its parts. It goes beyond simply knowing that we are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgement of our responsibilities both to each other and to the Earth itself. Global Citizenship is about understanding the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and having the desire and ability to work actively to do so. It is about valuing the Earth as precious and unique, and safeguarding the future for those coming after us. Global Citizenship is a way of thinking and behaving. It is an outlook on life, a belief that we can make a difference. We see a Global Citizen as someone who: is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen; respects and values diversity; has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally; is outraged by social injustice; participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global; is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place; takes responsibility for their actions.
  • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen; respects and values diversity; has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally; is outraged by social injustice; participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global; is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place; takes responsibility for their actions
  • Embedded  in who we are : it is in the DNA of the YMCA since its beginnings. It is how the movement grow across the world into the 124 Ys that are part of our network today.  It was first through the Foreign Service that later transformed into the World Service, and it is today through the International Program that we continue strengthening the global network through mutual cooperation, enabling local YMCAs to serve better the communities we work in.  Each of the commitments of Challenge 21 is a call for action at the global level that we will not be able to fulfill unless we work in cooperation:   “• Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and striving for spiritual, intellectual and physical well-being of individuals and wholeness of communities. • Empowering all, especially young people and women to take increased responsibilities and assume leadership at all levels and working towards an equitable society. • Advocating for and promoting the rights of women and upholding the rights of children. • Fostering dialogue and partnership between people of different faiths and ideologies and recognizing the cultural identities of people and promoting cultural renewal. • Committing to work in solidarity with the poor, dispossessed, uprooted people and oppressed racial, religious and ethnic minorities. • Seeking to be mediators and reconcilers in situations of conflict and working for meaningful participation and advancement of people for their own self-determination. • Defending God’s creation against all that would destroy it and preserving and protecting the earth’s resources for coming generations.   To face these challenges, the YMCA will develop patterns of co-operation at all levels that enable self-sustenance and self-determination.”     It is an effective mechanism to strengthen our own communities, our youth, and our association – we have realized that International Cooperation is not just about what we can do for our partners and their communities but it is about what we can do together and also about what we can learn from them. We have discovered that there are areas in which we have great lessons to learn from our partners as individuals, as organization as a society from learning about Southern partners.  We believe our mission goes beyond our borders . Environmental, economic, and cultural forces move across the globe with increasing fluidity. In an area like the GTA, the international flow of people, goods, ideas, and challenges is especially palpable. As of 2006 about half of Toronto residents were foreign-born. Statistics Canada projects that by 2031, four in five Torontonians (78%) will be an immigrant or the Canadian-born child of an immigrant.  Given these circumstances, it is only by understanding and engaging with the global context that we can truly understand and engage with our own local communities. The international aspect of the YMCA’s work deepens our relationships with those we serve in the GTA, especially youth, who are increasingly global in their thinking. Many members and staff are also more convinced of the YMCA’s relevance because of our international activities.
  • Embeded – solidarity, parternship and cooperation - the YMCA since its beginnings has done international work, it is how the movement grow across the world into the 124 Y that are part of our network and up to today the network gets stronge through mutual cooperation, enableing local YMCAs to serve better the communities they work in. It is an effective mechanism to strenthten our own communities, our youht, and our association. We believe our mission goes beyond our borders. Environmental, economic, and cultural forces move across the globe with increasing fluidity. In an area like the GTA, the international flow of people, goods, ideas, and challenges is especially palpable. As of 2006 about half of Toronto residents were foreign-born. Statistics Canada projects that by 2031, four in five Torontonians (78%) will be an immigrant or the Canadian-born child of an immigrant. Given these circumstances, it is only by understanding and engaging with the global context that we can truly understand and engage with our own local communities. The international aspect of the YMCA’s work deepens our relationships with those we serve in the GTA, especially youth, who are increasingly global in their thinking. Many members and staff are also more convinced of the YMCA’s relevance because of our international activities
  • In our commitment to mutual learning and growth we have eight international partnerships. Each partership is very particular and adapts and changes according to the circumstances of both YMCA, its strategic plans and their enviroments. That is how we currently support projects in Senegal, Ghana and Colombia that target particurlary youth and women in the local communities. This projects are implemented by the local association who is the expert in the local issues. Some of the areas of this projects are: Sexual Education, Civic Engagement, Environment, youth entrepreneurship. Through this projects over 20,00 0 youth are reach out every year. It is our commitment in this strategic plan to deepen our partnerships. GHANA 3323 COLOMBIA 2435 SENEGAL 24532
  • Embeded – solidarity, parternship and cooperation - the YMCA since its beginnings has done international work, it is how the movement grow across the world into the 124 Y that are part of our network and up to today the network gets stronge through mutual cooperation, enableing local YMCAs to serve better the communities they work in. It is an effective mechanism to strenthten our own communities, our youht, and our association. We believe our mission goes beyond our borders. Environmental, economic, and cultural forces move across the globe with increasing fluidity. In an area like the GTA, the international flow of people, goods, ideas, and challenges is especially palpable. As of 2006 about half of Toronto residents were foreign-born. Statistics Canada projects that by 2031, four in five Torontonians (78%) will be an immigrant or the Canadian-born child of an immigrant. Given these circumstances, it is only by understanding and engaging with the global context that we can truly understand and engage with our own local communities. The international aspect of the YMCA’s work deepens our relationships with those we serve in the GTA, especially youth, who are increasingly global in their thinking. Many members and staff are also more convinced of the YMCA’s relevance because of our international activities
  • Educate and inform members about current global issues and encourage global responsibility and action towards positive change. Global awareness is integrated into programs for children, youth and adults at YMCA Centers across the GTA. Each year over 24,000 people participate in gobal awareness events and activities.
  • This program started in 2007 Every year it reaches
  • To foster a sense of youth global citizenship through a direct experience of international realities and to provide opportunities for capacity building to young leaders in Southern countries that will support local organizations in processes that involve youth engagement, youth leadership and diversity. To provide a space for exchange and learning between young leaders from the South, who will meet in Toronto simultaneously during this exchange
  • When I presented the S2C concept in Toronto, I learn that even if youth here look different to youth in Africa, this concept can be spread and run here, because as a youth, we all have essentially the same problems. …we can start changing this from wherever we are”
  • Bring our partners to live Makes global issues real and with them the urgency of action – we see the reprecusions of what we do here and that is a call for responsible decisions (story of Cesar) Expose our leaders to other leaders – here we are not talking about youth and young leaders but also and specially senior leaders (story of Daniel) Make us think about our own potential – open new windows for us to how our partners engage youth in their local communities – apply to our context New local partners – ever lasting relationshisp for them but also for us -
  • Linking it with other services gets you knew allies, increase the visibility while it creates learning for the program who receives them Taking it outside the Y not only to other organizatios that may be of interest of the participants but also to forums where the youth can presnet their ideas and generate dialogue and udnerstnating: OCIC and to the city Hall – Member of parlament Flexibility because they are the priority – it is not the program is the youth. Allowing them the space to contribute to the plan and make changes to it when needed. – example of the interviews and newspaper articles.
  • Contact (Thank-you) slide

Transcript

  • 1.  
  • 2. Effective Youth Exchanges Patricia Jimenez International Relations Coordinator YMCA de Mexico Esperanza Monsalve Manager, International Program YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • 3. Goal
    • Share best principles that have been successful in our communities to the design, implementation of youth exchanges programs,
  • 4. ¿Qué es un intercambio juvenil? What is a youth exchage?
    • Oportunidades para compartir lo que aprendieron en su YMCA local/ the opportunity to share what they have learnt at thier local YMCA
    • Interactuando con jóvenes de otros países en su lugar de origen/ to interact with youth from other countries in their host country
    • Son las experiencias que tienen los jóvenes en un país extranjero/ are the experiences of the youth in other country
  • 5.  
  • 6. Intercambios
    • COMPARTIR
    VIVENCIAS FORMAS DE SER, PENSAR Y SENTIR VALORES
  • 7. Juveniles
  • 8. Efectivos
  • 9.  
  • 10. ¿Por qué hacemos intercambios? Why do we do exchanges?
    • Para permitir a los participantes tener nuevas perspectivas, compartir sus culturas, ejercer su liderazgo, y tener mejor comprensión de diferente culturas / To allow the participants to have a new perspective, share their culture, show leadership, and have a better understanding of different cultures
  • 11. ¿Efectivos? ¿Por qué? Why are they effective?
    • Porque las experiencias en países extranjeros proporciona algo diferente y único, y al interactuar con jóvenes de otras culturas permite su crecimiento integral/ because the experiences in a foreign country are different and unique, and the interaction with youth from different cultures allows integral growth
    • “ Para que todos sean uno”
    • “ For everyone to be one”
  • 12. 3 ejes/ 3 axes :
  • 13. Porque… Because…
  • 14. IDENTIFICAR CUALES SON LOS EJES DE TUS INTERCAMBIOS JUVENILES…
    • IDENTIFY WHICH ARE THE AXES OF YOUR YOUTH EXCHANGES…
  • 15. ¿Qué hacemos? What do we do?
    • Relaciones internacionales de la YMCA México fortalece el desarrollo de los participantes y sus competencias a traves de diferente programas: / International relations at the YMCA Mexico, strengthen participant development, and skills through different programs:
    • Liderazgo/ leadership
    • Crecimiento personal y profesional/ personal and professional growth
    • Voluntariado / volunteering
  • 16. A lo externo
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  • 21.  
  • 22. A lo interno Trabajo entre pares: joven-con joven. Fortalecimiento del liderazgo -trabajo en equipo. -conocimiento de la cultura mexicana Desarrollo del voluntariado Fortalecimiento de los vínculos Entre las YMCAS Trabajo entre pares: joven-con joven. Fortalecimiento del liderazgo -trabajo en equipo. -conocimiento de la cultura mexicana Desarrollo del voluntariado
  • 23.  
  • 24.  
  • 25. SPRING BREAK -Actividades que desarrollan el liderazgo -trabajo en comunidades vulnerables beneficiando su identificación ante problemas sociales -trabajo en equipo . -conocer las tradiciones mexicanas NKU-UNIYMCA -Desarrollan en los jóvenes una mejor visión de la economía del pais -desarrollan sus capacidades intelectuales-conocen la cultura de otro pais- -incremento del idioma español.
  • 26.  
  • 27.  
  • 28. ¿Cómo lo hacemos? How do we do it?
  • 29. Para qué? What for?
    • Contribuir a las estrategias propuestas por la Alianza Mundial de YMCAs, siendo una de ellas empoderamiento juvenil/ to contribute to the World Alliance strategies including Youth Empowering
    • Alcanzar los objetivos del Milenio de la ONU/ to reach the Millenium Development goals.
    • Cumplir con nuestra misión como individuos, como Institución en un mundo globalizado/ To reach our misión, as individuals and as Institution in a globalized world
  • 30. Te invito a / I invite you to :
    • Formar lideres en tu YMCA local / create leadership in your local YMCA
    • Fomentar el voluntariado/ encourage volunteering
    • Atreverte a innovar….. / dare to innovate
    • Creer y confiar en los JOVENES! SON NUESTRO FUTURO! / believe and trust the YOUNG! THEY ARE OUR FUTURE
  • 31.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnnUERV40tA
  • 32. YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • 33. YMCA four fold approach
    • Conceptual tools:
    • Determinants of Health
    • Asset Building Approach
    • Harm Reduction
    • Stages of Change Model
  • 34. What are Social Determinants of Health? Que son los Determinantes sociales de la Salud?
    • Economic and social conditions that influence the health of individuals, communities, and jurisdictions as a whole. / Condiciones economicas y sociales que influencias la salud de individuos, comunidades y jurisdicciones como en su totalidad
    • - healthy or ill / saludabe o enfermo
    • - possesses the resources / posee los recursos
    • - society makes them available / la sociedad los hace disponibles?
  • 35. A Strength Based Approach: Asset Building Una perspectiva basada en fortalezas: Construccion de activos
    • Collaborative process/ proceso colaborativo
    • Emphasizing the strengths rather than gaps / Enfasis en fortalezas mas que en falencias
  • 36. How do we use the strength based approach?
    • Problem Based Strength Based
    • Basado en Problemas Basado en fortalezas
    • Youth problems Youth strengths
    • The work of experts Everyone’s work
    • People absorbing resources People as resources
    • Programs alone Relationships
    • A focus on troubled people All people
    • Blaming others Claiming responsibility
    • Helping/giving others Mutual strengthening
    • Development Cooperation
  • 37. Developmental Assets (ages 12-18)
    • External Assets
    • Family support
    • Other adult relationships
    • Caring neighborhood
    • Community values youth
    • Youth as resources
    • Service to others
    • Positive peer influence
    • Youth programs
    • Internal Assets
    • Caring
    • Equality and social justice
    • Responsibility
    • Planning and decision making
    • Interpersonal Competence
    • Cultural Competence
    • Peaceful conflict resolution
    • Sense of purpose
  • 38. Global Citizenship
    • “ It goes beyond simply knowing that we are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgement of our responsibilities both to each other and to the Earth itself”
    • Oxfam
  • 39. A global citizen is someone who:
    • is aware and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen;
    • respects and values diversity;
    • has an understanding of how the world works;
    • is outraged by social injustice;
    • participates in and contributes locally and globally
    • is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place;
    • takes responsibility for their actions
  • 40. Why we do International Work
    • It is embedded in the essence of our organization
    • It strengthens us, our communities and our youth
    • Our mission goes beyond our borders:
    • Our communities will be home to
    • the healthiest children, teens and young adults
  • 41. International Programs
    • International Partnerships
  • 42. International Partnerships
    • Senegal YMCA
    • Ghana YMCA
    • Liberia YMCA
    • Lebanon YMCA
    • Mexico City YMCA
    • Medellin, Colombia YMCA
    • Kingston, Jamaica YMCA
    • Myanmar YMCA
  • 43. What we do
    • International Partnerships
      • Global Awareness
  • 44. Global Awareness Program
      • Educate and inform about current global issues
      • Encourage global responsibility and action
      • Global awareness is integrated into programs:
        • YMCA Academy
        • YMCA Camping and Outdoor Education
        • YMCA Child Care
        • YMCA Employment
        • YMCA Family Development
        • YMCA Health, Fitness and Recreation
        • YMCA International Development
        • YMCA Newcomer Services
        • YMCA Youth Leader Corps
        • YMCA Youth Outreach
        • Support Services
  • 45. What we do
    • International Partnerships
    • Global Awareness
          • Exchanges
  • 46. Youth Exchanges at a glance
    • When: Every summer – since 2008
    • Who : Young leaders - From partner Ys - Ages 15-30
    • Where: Greater Toronto Area
    • For how long : 5-6 weeks
    • Reach out: 2,000 people in TO every summer
    • Connections with new organizations : 20
    • News paper articles /interviews: 3
  • 47. Programs Objectives
    • Foster a sense of global citizenship
    • Provide opportunities for capacity building
    • Provide a space for exchange and learning
  • 48. Evaluation Selection/ seleccion Logistics/ Logistica Preparation/ preparacion Partners agreement Acuerdo Departure/ partida Orientation/ orientacion Camp/ campamento Placements & community connections / interaccion con organizaciones Sharing & Learning Compartir y aprender Reflecting/ reflexion Return/ Regreso Sharing &learning socializacion Youth Exchanges: The Process
  • 49. What makes it unique
    • Outstanding YMCA leaders
    • From the Global South
    • From vulnerable communities
    • Individualized experience
    • New partnerships
  • 50. In their own words….
  • 51.
    • Being immersed in a culture and society, totally different from mine, allowed me to generate permanent reflections about the lives and freedoms of the majority of citizens of the world. There are extreme differences between the freedoms that exist for Canadians in comparison to our rights in Latin America. That has confronted me greatly, and has pushed me to keep working hard, to become a stronger individual, as well as to make more significant contributions to the transformation of our individual realities– Julian
  • 52. “ “ Sharing my experience was also, one of the greatest moments of this trip. It is true that at first I thought there was nothing people from Toronto could learn from me, but then I found that the discussions I had with people, as well as the presentations I was doing , allowed them to learn a great deal about me, my role in the YMCA, in my community, my country and my culture” Maryse Guinez Coly Subject to Citizen Ambassador ,YMCA of Senegal
  • 53. In their own words…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9hn2s6z6V0
  • 54. What is the value to us?
    • Bring our partners to live
    • Makes global issues real
    • Foster global citizenship in Toronto
    • Expose our leaders to other leaders
    • Make us think about our own potential
    • New local partners
    • Help us build our own community
  • 55. Transformative Partnerships
    • Transformational Relationship.pptx
    “ It all began when my mind opened up to the unlimited number of possibilities that life has to offer. I began taking risks and exploring possibilities and now I don’t want to stop! I continue finding new answers that my finite eyes once saw as impossible. Barriers have been removed through the powerful tools of knowledge and education. Education not only makes us human but also acts as an agent in transforming our world” Daniel Correa – Young Leader YMCA of Medellin
  • 56. Effective exchanges /principles
    • Define the “why” before the h/w - strategic relevance
    • Partners’ dialogue – knowing each other
    • Southern partners involvement in the process
    • Get allies/champions within the organization
    • Create opportunities for youth to interact with senior leaders
    • Integrate to other programs and services
    • Taking it outside of the YMCA/Keeping the connections
    • Letting the youth space for growth – flexibility
    • Evaluate – measure and communicate
  • 57. Indicators of success
    • Quantitative/short term
    • # of participants
    • Evaluations
    • Number of articles, newsletters,etc
    • # of new partners
    • # of programs involved
    • Qualitative/Strategic
    • Strategic Relevance
    • Senior Leadership engaged/action
    • Integration with other programs
    • Language change
  • 58. What are the positive outcomes for your organization and your partner that a youth exchange could bring? / Cuales son los outcomes positivos que un intercambio de jovenes puede traer para su organization y para su partner?
    • For your organization
    • Para su organizacion
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • For your partner
    • Para su partner
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    Are there any specific steps/ actions that need to happen to make those outcomes evident ? - - - -
  • 59. THANK YOU Esperanza Monsalve [email_address] www.ymcagta.org Manager International Program - YMCA of GTA Lic. Patricia Jiménez International Relations Coord. - YMCA México [email_address] www.ymca.org.mx