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History

YMCA Georgia was established in 1991 and therefore is one of the first and still active Non-governmental organizations operating in Georgia.

 

it has enjoyed steady and regular growth and from one sports program (baseball) in 1991-1993 it has reached the capacity of 1 National Association and 4 local organizations, with National Association and 3 local organization having real estate operation facilities in ownership.

 

In 2006, The YMCA of Georgia became the full member of European Alliance of YMCAs (YMCA Europe). 

 

Currently the YMCA operates in 4 major locations in Georgia: Tbilisi (Capital), Telavi, Kutaisi and Batumi.

 

Main Programs

 

“Roots for Reconciliation” - This International Project aims to promote peace-building and civic participation process in the Caucasus region through the implementation of various camps, workshops and trainings in Georgia, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, with particular focus on involving youth from conflicting areas in the region. 

Orphan Children – The main purpose of the program is to provide assistance to orphan and underprivileged children that lack the opportunity to be fully involved in social life.

Refugee/Internally Displaced Children – The work with this particularly vulnerable group of youth focuses of their integration into society via providing various educational and recreational activities.

Baseball – The oldest program within YMCA in Georgia, upon which the organization was built. The YMCA of Georgia runs “The Georgia YMCA Little League”. The biggest achievement of this program was the victory of the YMCA team in EMEA Senior League Championship and participation in World Series in 2005 and 2007.

Jazz Program - The program started in April 2008 aims to support and endorse young musicians and create relevant creative atmosphere for them. Two Jazz Music bands are currently the part of the program: Children’s Quartet “J & T” and Youth Octet “The Groovers”. They use the YMCA facility for rehearsals. The members of the program are actively involved in other programs, especially the refugee assistance program.

Youth Civic Engagement – The National YMCA program operates in all four local organizations and aims to promote and develop the values of democracy and civil society.

Cultural Heritage – Provides youth with the knowledge of national and international cultural values via seminars and excursions. The particular focus is placed on literature, art, folklore and history.

 

Announcement

Operation 5 Project

December 25, 2012.

YMCA Georgia will take children from Kojori Oprhanage to the Movie Theatre.

Implemented through "Operation 5" Project.