My new job at the World YMCA

Dear everyone,

today I want to show you the office of the World YMCA in Geneva, where I work now. My first week here is through and it has been great until now. The international staff team is great. I have my own desk and computer (although I prefer working with my notebook) and telephone. For lunch we sit together and talk. There is a lot of interesting work to be done, but it is a lot… (mehr …)

ETS Conference 2013

Last weekend 22 TEN SINGer from Czech Republic, Norway, England, Ukraine, Denmark, Germany, Malta, Faroe Islands and Switzerland met in the YMCA Palace in Prague for the European TEN SING Conference.
I was there with Friederike „Fiz“ Leitlein from Munich. We both had a special task for the conference: Fiz is responsible for all european TEN SING activities at the upcoming YMCA Europe Festival this summer in Prague. As a member of the ETS-Executive I was responsible for the content of the ETS Conference. And I’m very happy, because the conference reelected me for being in the Executive this year 🙂
Besides many discussions about the TEN SING-Idea the conference decided about the Focus Points 2013-2015, which will be.

  • Strengthen the communication throughout Europe.
  • Develop an inclusive Christian environment, that can be seen, felt and experienced.
  • Reach young people where they are.
  • Hear the relevant needs to enable the potential of the Ten Singers, guide and support them.

After the long conference days we could experience Prague on a guided tour, on a boot-trip on the Vltava or on top of the Prague TV-Tower. The city was all white, it looked magical. Oh yeah, and we were in a Karaoke bar 😛
We from the German delegation want to say thanks to all of the czech TEN SINGers for their help (not that I know any of them personally) for their hospitality and we want to thank the whole ETS Group for an inspiring Conference. (Der Artikel auf Deutsch im CVJM Blog)

The 1st TEN SING Audio-Podcast

Logo TEN SING Podcast

This is a BIG thing. TEN SING Germany did it’s first Audio-Podcast. And besides Krischaan, Sylph and Simon I was one of the lucky people to be part of the podcast. It was really great fun and the idea has a lot of potential not only to reach tech-nerds, but also the normal teenagers.
Episode 1 deals with the introduction to the Podcast Idea.
You can find, listen to and comment on it directly here, you can download it on Itunes or you can subscribe the rss-feed.

The Making-of the Podcast: Simon, Sebastian, Sylph and Krischaan (on the screen)
The Making-of the Podcast: Simon, Sebastian, Sylph and Krischaan (on the screen)

Featured on: YMCA International – World Alliance of YMCAs: Stories of Empowerment „Dude, you got to check this out“ – Sebastian Vogt


The YMCA World Alliance features a new category of stories on their website since last year. In good old blog-manner young people share their experience with YMCA and how the Y empowered them.
My good friend Romulo asked me some time befor Christmas, if I want to write down my own „Story of Empowerment“. So I sat down and would like to share with you my TEN SING and YMCA story. Enjoy!

YMCA International – World Alliance of YMCAs: Stories of Empowerment „Dude, you got to check this out“ – Sebastian Vogt.