The event – organised by YMCA Europe – drew upon several UN global Sustainable Development Goals such as education, employment, inequality and poverty. Other prominent themes were opportunities for young people and managing mental health.
Something for everyone
To reflect the YMCA’s 65 million members in 128 different countries, there was something for everyone. Every day, attendees could either choose to participate in interactive workshops, learn from other YMCAs or listen to passionate speeches from prominent people. A heritage exhibition, Christian worship and international entertainment were also thrown into the mix, along with lots of inspiring stories from young people whose lives have been transformed by the YMCA. A wide range of sporting activities were also available including an exercise routine set to none other than the Village People’s ‘YMCA’, courtesy of YMCA Club team – Adrian Walters, Hamit Buhara and Edgaras Lindinas.