Serbia – National Council
Date of foundation of the YMCA: 2008
Membership Status: Cooperating Movement
Full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs since: not yet
Brief YMCA History
YMCA-SERBIA-Bački Petrovac was founded in 2008 as non-profit/non-governmental organisation as Udruženje YMCA Bački Petrovac. We started with active work and with office work in 2011, with 4 activities, Summer day camp, Easter and Christmas creative workshop for kids and Kulpin Fest- today Backup Fest. In 2015 we change our name to YMCA –SERBIA- Bački Petrovac. With this change we are now national YMCA in Serbia .At this moment YMCA – SERBIA- Bački Petrovac is the only YMCA in SERBIA. In the future, we are planning to found more local YMCAs.
YMCA-SERBIA-Backi Petrovac is a non-profit/non-governmental organisation founded in 2008, focused on youth work (aged mainly between 8-30 years of age). Our aim is to support personal development of young people by organizing leisure time activities that contribute to their physical, mental and spiritual growth. Since we want to make sure that our programmes are accessible for most young people, we provide these activities for a minimum charge or free of charge. YMCA organization is a worldwide organization and in Serbia, YMCA Backi Petrovac is still the only one, which is active at a local level, but in the future our aim is to establish several other local organisations and create one national YMCA organisation.
Our regular activities are: music festival Backup Fest – two day punk and rock music festival, carried out regulary, every year since 2005. Summer camp for kids from 9 to 12 we organize during the summer holidays. In five days children visit institutions and companies that are important for our village and municipality. All locations are visited on bikes. The main aim of this activity is physical activity for children, creating a team environment – group work and exploring their surroundings. Approximately 30 to 40 kids take part in this activity. Thus, this activity takes place for one full month. Our weekly activities are several creative workshops for children.During the year our volunteers are part of many leadership camps in Serbia but also they take part international leadership camps, seminars and youth exchanges.
Address National Office
NGS, Ivana Ilic