The Youth in Governance Roles (YGOR) program focuses on the training, promotion, and development of youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing the theoretical and practical tools to influence the construction of more just, equitable and sustainable societies.



To promote Latin American and Caribbean youth as transforming agents with the ability to actively participate in the decision-making process through experiential learning and the construction of youth networks, strengthening participatory democracy and good governance of non-governmental organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Train and empower young leaders of the YMCAs of Latin America and the Caribbean, providing them with the necessary tools to develop as transformative agents with a global vision, capable of influencing decision-making in any public or private organization through comprehensive training in spirit, mind and body supported by the values promoted by YMCA, favoring the development of individuals, groups, organizations and communities.


To be an innovative and constantly evolving program for the training and empowerment of young people from the YMCAs of Latin America and the Caribbean with a global vision and social commitment, promoting the YMCA values.


Its essence

The essence of the program lies in youth empowerment through governance.

This has a direct positive impact on their communities since it encourages their incidence within it. An empowered youth is an active agent who cares about his/her environment and participates in improving it.


Program components







What does the program offer?

A curriculum that starts from a holistic vision.

Coexistence with young people and teachers from different Latin American countries.


Characteristics of a young YGOR


decision-making capacity

Ability to serve as a member of boards or steering committees

Provision of Service and Delivery

Initiative and proactivity

Interest in positively transforming society


Ability to socialize with people with other cultures and ways of thinking




For the Latin American and Caribbean Alliance


Training of future executive members.

Training of young leaders representing the Alliance in space, international events inside and outside YMCA.


For young people

Youth empowerment


Young people are agents of change. YGOR contributes to the construction and development of the necessary capacities to take an active part within its society.


Knowledge in project management


Provides tools and knowledge for planning and developing social projects.


Global citizenship thinking


It is a window for young people to know the different realities that surround them. This fosters the idea of ​​global citizenship, making them aware of their belonging to a local and global community and their role in building a better future for all.


For YMCA movements


Empowered youth are young people who get involved in carrying out projects.

Preparation of volunteers.

Institutional governance evaluation.

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YGOR's impact in Latin America and the Caribbean

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They find a safe space and the necessary support to develop their potential.

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They participate in YMCA programs strengthening values, skills and knowledge.

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They bring their knowledge and skills to transform the lives of thousands of people.

“I am very happy to have been able to live this experience and I feel prepared and with great enthusiasm to accompany my movement from my role as a young leader. I am very grateful to my movement for having applied and helped in all instances, and without a doubt to the YGOR program for having teachers and coordinators who make each moment unique ”.

Analía Nuñez. YMCA Uruguay


How do I apply?

To apply you must be aware of the call through your local YMCA movement. Normally the information of the next edition is shared in the months of January and February (this edition call will start in May). We ask you to be aware of this page for more details.

To apply you must meet the requested profile (see participant profile section) and have the endorsement of your YMCA movement.


You can send an email to daniel.galan@lacaymca.org for more information.


If I am not part of any YMCA movement, can I participate?

For now it is mandatory to be part of a YMCA movement or have the endorsement of it, so if you are not part of any of them you will not be able to participate in the YGOR program, although there are many other alternatives to link with us.


Does it have any cost?

The program is free, however depending on the opportunity to participate in the face-to-face component, you must take into account the cost of travel, accommodation, food, and international medical insurance for the days of the event.


What happens if I cannot travel to take the face-to-face component?

The practical component is mandatory and is part of the commitments made in the program both by the participant and by the movement that nominates him/her.


At the end of the course, do I have an academic or professional certification or diploma?

At the end of the course, you will be given a certificate of participation and satisfactory completion of the program endorsed by the YMCA Latin American and Caribbean Alliance.


Is it necessary to have a knowledge of the English language?

It is not an essential requirement to handle the English language, however, we recommend some basic knowledge in case of participating in international events.


How long does the program last?

The times vary from one edition to another, however, on average the program with its three components lasts about a year.


How much time should I invest per month to cover the 3 components of the program?

On average, you will have to invest 3 to 5 hours a week to participate in all the activities of the program.


Do I need to have a minimum academic degree to participate?

We request that you have a minimum of high school studies, however, this is not a mandatory requirement and each case, in particular, can be evaluated.


Is it necessary to have previous knowledge or studies on governance or International Relations?

It will not be necessary to have this knowledge, the most important thing will be that you show a real interest in participating in the decision-making processes and playing leadership roles either within or outside the YMCA.