The mission of the GLOW and YMLP Youth Development Progrаm is to develop the inherent potential found in the young women and men of Macedonia 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, and promotes English language literacy.
GLOW and YMLP Clubs are youth-led Clubs housed in diverse communities around Macedonia. The Clubs provide an opportunity for young men and women to become leaders in their communities. These youth are often GLOW or YMLP Camp alumni who, through GLOW and YMLP Club activities, are able to apply what they have learned at Camp about leadership and civic engagement in their communities.
Clubs are local spaces for youth to empower other youth and foster leadership in communities around Macedonia. They are created and led by youth who usually have attended either GLOW or YMLP Camp or would like to attend either Camp in the future. The leaders apply the skills they have learned at Camp in their home communities. Clubs are a space where youth can deepen their knowledge of YMLP and GLOW core values, and share what they are passionate about with other youth in their communities. Leaders and members work together to choose topics for each meeting, which are held at least twice a month.
The GLOW and YMLP Youth Fund by YMCA Bitola provides opportunities for GLOW and YMLP Clubs throughout the country to implement skills they have learned in service project design and management by writing a grant and implementing a project to improve their community. In the first ever round of grant applications, seven GLOW and YMLP clubs were awarded the grant based on their project proposals, written by youth leaders, in the areas of environment, civic engagement and the arts.
At this moment we support 23 youth clubs in 17 communities all over Macedonia. There are 15 GLOW clubs, 7 YMLP clubs and 3 clubs that serve both GLOW and YMLP Alumni.
GLOW and YMLP clubs is result of the successful partnership between YMCA Bitola and Peace Corps Macedonia since July 2016.
In 2017 the GLOW and YMLP clubs service projects were possible thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners:
OKTA – gold sponsor
Lynx Resources – silver sponsor
Alkaloid, EVN, and Zdravje Radovo – bronze sponsors and
TAV Airports and TTK Bank as sponsors.
as well as, via our crowdfunding campaign, lots of individual donors who fully support our cause and the mission of our youth development program.
This program since the beginning has been supported by the US Embassy in Macedonia.