YMCA to address UN on youth employment

The 50th session of the Commission for Social Development will be convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2012, and will address the priority theme of “Poverty eradication.” The panel discussion on the session’s emerging issues, “Youth: poverty and unemployment,” will take place on Monday, 6 February from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm (New York Time) and will focus on social and economic policies to foster decent work opportunities for young people.
The young leader from the YMCA in Uruguay, Ines van de Kerchove will represent youth organizations during a  special panel together with Mr. László Andor: European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission  and – Mr. David Blanchflower: Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, USA.
Ines works in one of the employment programmes of the YMCA in Uruguay as coordinator and her participation in the panel was possible through the YMCA relations with ICMYO  – International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations, a network that gathers 28 International Youth Organizations and Youth Regional Platforms and the UN Focal Point on Youth.

About Inés van de KerchoveInês, 30 years old, has studied higher education at the Psychology Faculty of Universidad de la República, Montevideo Uruguay. She has also attended specialized courses in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology.
From 2005 Inés is a member of the YMCA of Uruguay, working with management and development of public policies addressed to improve the employment possibilities of young people with difficulties to reach a successful labor integration.

She works with training and work skills formation. Moreover she is responsible for the relationship between the corporate sector and the governmental departments managing these programmes. From 2010, she coordinates sheltered employment programmes aimed at young people and adults in socially vulnerable situations.

Rio + 20 The YMCA Participation at the conference

The World Alliance of YMCAs will facilitate the participation of YMCA leaders at Rio+20, Sustainable Development Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 20-22.

Participation at Rio+20 Conference.

YMCA Delegates will be registered by the World Alliance of YMCAs for the conference using its ECOSOC and UN status.  The registrations are unlimited but, require approval of the UN.  The registrations should be submitted to the World Alliance of YMCA and approval will be confirmed in due course.
There is no age limit for participation in this event.

The deadline for submitting registration requests is: May 1st 2012.

Travel Costs, Accommodation and Visas.

The National or local YMCA is responsible for making the necessary arrangements for travel and accommodation, including travel within metropolitan Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Due to the large number of participants, reservations should be made well in advance.  Likewise, delegates should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance prior to their arrival in Brazil.

Participants are also responsible for ensuring that he/she meets the necessary visa requirements for entry into Brazil.   The World Alliance of YMCAs will provide invitation letters for immigration authorities.
The YMCA of Rio de Janeiro does not have any accommodation services.
Conference Venue:

Riocentro Convention Center
Avenida Salvador Allende 6555
Barra da Tijuca
Rio de Janeiro

Kenneth B. Colloton Appointed Albany Med’s Senior Vice President, Center for Innovation

One of the region’s leading business executives and a recognized leader in innovation, growth and efficiency has been named senior vice president of Albany Medical Center and will head its newly created Center for Innovation.

Kenneth B. Colloton, whose career has spanned more than 35 years in banking and finance, joins the senior leadership team of the Medical Center, charged with leading the critical effort to improve competitiveness by efficiently delivering the highest quality of care at the lowest cost.

In his new position, Colloton will develop strategies and improvements to increase efficiency and help ensure continued success for Albany Med in the rapidly changing health care environment. In this role, he will also help shape the Center for Innovation, exploring new ways to advance Albany Med’s mission and improve the bottom line.’

The press release also states:

‘Colloton also brought these skills and experiences to numerous non-profit organizations, most notably the World Alliance of YMCAs, the oldest and largest health and human services organization in the world, where he was elected the first American president in 30 years and worked to transform the organization’s image to increase its global competitiveness in the areas of membership, employment and philanthropy.’

In his congratulatory note to Ken, our Secretary General stated on behalf of all his YMCA friends:

‘These are wonderful news and please receive my most sincere congratulations! We are proud of you and your new and prominent position in a field of work I know you will excel in and I am pretty sure it will make you thrive and enjoy and that you will lead this new department to great success.I cannot imagine anyone better placed to do such an important and challenging job and all your friends at the World Alliance of YMCAs and the worldwide YMCA movement stand together in wishing you every success in your new responsibility! God bless you, dear Ken!’