UNESCO Youth Club of Thessaloniki (UNESCO YCT) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, based in Thessaloniki. Founded in 2004, UNESCO YCT works under the auspices of the Hellenic National UNESCO Committee. It is a member of the Movement of Clubs of UNESCO and a member of the Greek National Youth Council.
Based on the fundamental goals of UNESCO the YCT is guided be the following axis: education, science, culture, information and communication. Our goal is to bring those axis into proportion to match the young peoples’ needs, prioritizing their voice in formulating our agenda.
The activities of the YCT are based on volunteerism. A notion that he hold dear as it represents the dignified and utter contribution of a person to the idea of a common goals, without losing the individual characteristics and traits, always respecting diversity and promoting tolerance. This culture of the civil society is bound to build a social cohabitation with values of outmost importance at its core.
In its twelve years of existence, UNESCO YCT has supported and organized a lot of activities in the fields of culture, education, and science. Organizing public events; promoting the International Days launched by UNESCO; scheduling seminars of formal and non-formal education; realizing regional projects with partner NGOs from other countries; running actions based on volunteerism; dealing with issues concerning the Monuments of the World Cultural Heritage of the city of Thessaloniki, are only some examples of what has been done through the previous years.
UNESCO YCT has been a partner in more than 500 youth exchange programs, giving the opportunity to almost 4000 young people to participate and live the unique experience of non-formal education. Through their participation, young people have acquired valuable experience, as they have managed to get in touch with other cultures and share their perspectives on topics concerning youth.
As an NGO, UNESCO Youth Club of Thessaloniki is a member of many national, regional and international networks. Among others:
• the Hellenic National Council for Youth
• the European Network Youthnet
• the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Platform
• the Greek Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation
• Network of Thessaloniki’s NGOs - Thess-DIKTYO
• The Hellenic Platform for Development
• A representative of Greece in ‘’Great Silk Way’’ – International youth Organization