The mission of YMCA and the GLOW and YMLP Youth Development Progrаm is to empower the young people and develop the inherent potential they have by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become active leaders in their communities. This is realized through experiential education that celebrates diversity, builds academic and social competencies.
YMLP – Young Men’s Leadership Project – is an eight-day, multi-cultural camp for 80 boys that promotes leadership, civic engagement, and friendship. YMLP is implemented by the Youth Association YMCA in partnership with Peace Corps and it is staffed by YMCA, Peace Corps Volunteers, and YMLP alumni. YMLP is an annual summer program that has been held in North Macedonia since 2006 in various locations. YMLP empower the young leaders to create positive changes in their communities.
The core curriculum of YMLP includes:
Leadership – Campers become role models in their communities.
Civic Responsibility – Campers will learn about their community and how to become active participants in shaping it.
Personal Development – Campers will be empowered by new skills in personal
assessment and emotional health.
Youth Employability – Campers will learn how to develop, market, and employ their skills to search for and attain future employment.
Environmentalism – Campers will learn how to appreciate and positively impact the environment.
Additionally camp offer Special Elective Classes. Examples include: American sports (baseball, ultimate frisbee, American football), music, yoga, creative writing, other outdoor activities. and more.
YMLP is an American-style summer camp. Campers rotate between sleeping in cabins or in tents. In addition to attending classes, students learn about environmental awareness and participate in outdoor activities. During camp, teams will compete at Field Day. This competition will help develop a team bond through intellectual and physical games. On the last day of camp, campers will also participate in a local service project where they will apply skills learned at camp that will help them serve in their communities. Even though the majority of this camp occurs outdoors, the camp will run in all types of weather, sun or rain!
To ensure the safety of all campers, the following camp policies are enforced. Violation of any of these rules may result in dismissal from camp.
1. Buddy System – Campers must always be with at least one other camper at all times.
2. Camp Schedule – All campers are on time for all sessions and activities. Campers will stay in the designated location until dismissed by the advising staff member.
3. Attendance – All sessions are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.
4. After hours – Campers are expected to be in their designated sleeping areas as directed by the camp staff.
5. Positive Attitude – Respect and understanding of fellow campers and staff is expected at all times.
6. English language – Every camper is expected to speak only English at camp. Camp is delivered in English and the rule is enforced to promote unity and respect of campers from all backgrounds.
7. Tobacco, Drugs, Alcohol – Drugs, cigarettes, and drinking alcoholic beverages are strictly PROHIBITED.
8. Mobile Phones, Tablets & Laptops – Use of all technology by campers is PROHIBITED during all camp activities. Campers will be allowed to use mobile phones during scheduled breaks.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE (ELIGIBILITY)?
YMLP is open to all young men who are entering years 1-4 of secondary school the following autumn and be proficient in writing and speaking English. All programs are in English. Returning YMLP participants who are invited to return in leadership positions within the camp including the Counselors in Training (CiT) and staff positions may be attending university.
YMLP is looking for applicants who possess strong leadership potential and a commitment to community service as demonstrated in school events and volunteer work. Eligible applicants MUST be available for the entire camp week.
The application timeline is as follows:
(1) Application Period: April 1-30: Prospective campers apply to camp via the online application.
(2) Camper Interviews: April 1-May 31: Selected applicants are interviewed by a YMLP representative in a nearby community.
(3) Notification: June 1: Campers will be notified via email of their application status (accepted, waitlisted, etc.) by early June. (4) Camp Preps: June 1-20: Campers must pay the fee, submit required forms and prepare for camp!
(5) Wait list: June 1-July 22: Wait listed participants will be notified of potential openings.
(6) Camp Date: July 14-21.
Application for, the camp can be found HERE.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 30th, 2019!
Caring – To care for yourself, community, and others.
Honesty – To be truthful in what you say and do.
Respect – To treat all people, yourself and your community, with dignity and acceptance.
Responsibility – To be accountable for your promises and actions.
Courage – To face challenges and lead.
Creativity – To find new solutions to challenges.
Passion – To find your inspiration to create change.
YMLP is held at the Begova Korija’s Campground (formerly known as Shula Mina) located in the city of Krushevo.
The campers will stay in dormitories equipped with beds with access to toilets and showers. For a few nights, they will be staying in camping tents with sleeping bags.
Can parents or family members visit YMLP?
Visitors are allowed to attend a special camp tour for parents and other interested parties organized by YMCA staff upon request. Outside of this special tour, YMLP cannot accommodate extra unscheduled visitors throughout the week, except in the case of an emergency or picking up a camper.
Transportation to Krushevo is the responsibility of each participant. Transportation from the Krushevo bus station to the camp ground for all participant’s luggage is provided by YMLP. Walking directions to the camp ground will be provided by YMLP staff on the day of arrival.
Thanks to generous philanthropic support from our corporate sponsors and individual donors, YMCA covers 90% of the operating expenses. Campers have to pay a participation fee of 2.300 MKD. Campers are also expected to arrange and purchase their own transportation to/from Krushevo.
Camper cost includes accommodation, three meals and two snacks per day, camper materials, programming costs, and group insurance during the camp. Campers are required to pay the fee after their acceptance and before attending the camp. Payment process information is provided when the camper is notified of selection.
If a camper is unable to pay the camp fee, then may apply for a full scholarship via email after acceptance: email@example.com.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
What happens if my daughter is sick or hurt? Is there a doctor at camp?
A doctor is present during the entire week of camp to offer support as needed. The doctor is a trained professional and has experience working with youth. YMCA will secure medical supplies for general first aid purposes. If campers require more advanced medical attention, we will take the camper to a nearby medical facility. If a camper has any prescription medication needs or pre-existing medical conditions, it is important camp staff is notified via the required medical form.
What if something happens to a camper? Does camp have insurance?
Our insurance provider protects and covers all campers from injury or accident during camp. In addition, we have a dedicated night watch team that provides 24-hour surveillance. Because safety is our number one priority, YMCA also has an emergency evacuation plan, should the camp need to be evacuated because of wild fires, natural disasters, or other emergency.
What food options are available at camp?
Beside the regular menu which doesn’t include pork, vegetarian and vegan (non-dairy) options are also available at every meal. Campers will be asked for their food option and food allergies (via the medical form) before camp. The camp menu includes three balanced meals and two snacks a day.
Campers should bring enough clothes for the entire week including:
– Clothing for the duration of the camp (8 days)
o Comfortable, warm clothing (it may be cold during morning or night)
o Clothes for the outdoors (campers may get dirty)
o Extra socks and underwear
o Athletic clothes
– Sneakers, trainers, or gym shoes, sandals
o Toothbrush and toothpaste
o Shampoo and Soap
o Sunscreen (suggested)
o Bug Spray (suggested)
o Appropriate medication (if needed)
– Snacks for between meals
– Plastic Bag for dirty or wet laundry
– Money to purchase snacks or drinks
– Reusable water bottle (suggested)
– Backpack (suggested)
– Sleeping Bag + pad (can be rented at camp for 300 MKD for the entire week)
At anytime, questions and comments may be directed towards the following email address:
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
- YMLP camp is operated and staffed by 30 adults comprising YMCA staff, Peace Corps volunteers, and YMLP camper alumni. YMLP camp is developed and operated by YMCA with partnership from Peace Corps.
- Camps are funded in large part by our partners and supporters including: OKTA, Mermeren Kombinat, TAV Airports, Alkaloid, Kromberg & Schubert, and dozens of individual contributors to our annual crowdfunding campaign.
- We have worked together with our friends at the US Embassy since the beginning of the GLOW & YMLP Youth Development Program.
Info graphic from the survey at YMLP Camp 2018
The YMLP (Young Men’s Leadership Project) was initiated in 2006 by Peace Corps volunteers, in part to balance the question, “What about the young men of Macedonia?” In 2011, YMCA partnered with Peace Corps volunteers by refocusing its mission “to develop the core values of social inclusion, commitment to democratic processes, and civic engagement in the emerging male leaders of the country in an inter-cultural environment while providing them with the personal and professional life skills that will make them effective and responsible citizens.”
The National Leadership Camp evolved into the Young Men’s Leadership Project, developing its program, activities and structure. These changes have led to the creation of new project goals in camp youth development. The core curriculum of the Young Men’s Leadership Project was modified to align with the newly set goals. These changes can be seen in the new objectives for the goals of the camp.
These kinds of changes have rerouted the aim of the camp, to make this year’s camp better and distinctly different from previous years. The National Leadership Camp (and later known as YMLP) was created in a format of a 7-day, 6-night residential camping experience for 50-100 (this number of campers has varied through the years) boys aged 15-18 from different social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds across the country.