GYCO Academy Programs

1. GYCO Academy Academy Art and Education Center

We already set up the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center in Gulu, North Uganda. GYCO Academy Art and Education Center is a place for the ongoing and permanent encounter between local, North-Ugandan craft, art and artisanry and the Gulu province civil society, businesses and entrepreneurs. GYCO Academy Art and Education Center is the place for the youth of Gulu who have been affected by post-conflict strive to begin a new self-determined life. In close cooperation and even closer collaboration with local businesses, politics, NGOs who are active in the region and – most importantly – civil society, GYCO Academy creates a youth center for experimental and interdisciplinary artists and craftsmen of a variety of fields and disciplines.


Goals of the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center

GYCO Academy Art and Education Center will be an employer for a minimum of 4 permanently employed young adults by end of 2019 and will forge close partnerships with local small enterprises, craftsmen and craftswomen. GYCO Academy Art and Education Center will serve as a place for encounters, a place for discourse, reflection and discussion and as a training center for Gulu youth


Mission of the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center

Through the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center we support local GYCO Academy youth leaders (at the moment 9, who have taken the first steps to become the driving force for change in their respective communities) in their work with Northern Ugandan youth on a local day-to-day basis to effect change. It is in particular the UN Sustainable Development Goals 4.7 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality) and 10.2 (Reduced Inequalities) that we aim to contribute toward and create a measurable and visible impact that can be audited by independent auditors at any point in time.

All members and participants of GYCO Academy Art and Education Center are given a chance to acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.


Our next steps for the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center

Until June 2020 selected leaders will be trained as certified coaches by Erickson Coaching International to ensure high quality of the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center.


Training Opportunities of the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center

Starting with June 2019 the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center will offer following trainings, coaching and workshops run by own staff: Trainings in Art theory, Drawing, Painting, Sculpturing, Selected crafts, Poetry. Coaching and workshops in Goal setting, and Strengthening the mindset.

Starting with January 2020 the GYCO Academy Art and Education Center will offer in addition following trainings, coaching and workshops run by own staff and in cooperation with external partners. Trainings in Performing Arts , Film and animation. Coaching and workshops in Personal development, Leadership qualification,Coaching,Train the trainer,Negotiation & communication skills,Personal branding,Public speaking, and Small business setup & operation .


2. GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club

We already set up the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club in Gulu, North Uganda, providing at the moment about 30 young girls not only training in football by professional football coaches, but also in personal development, goal- and mind setting.



Goals of the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club


GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club is one permanent initiative to communicate and promote GYCO Academy’s vision and mission in the region by having the soccer girls our ambassadors. This is an initiative that is untypical for the region and therefore highly eye-catching. In this way we create a waterfall effect thus attracting even more young people to participate in the GYCO Academy initiatives.



Mission of the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club

Through the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club we support local female youth, who have taken the first steps to become the driving force for change in their respective communities in their work with Northern Ugandan youth on a local day-to-day basis to effect change. It is in particular the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 10.2 (Reduced Inequalities) that we aim to contribute toward and create a measurable and visible impact that can be audited by independent auditors at any point in time.


Our next steps for the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club

We are looking for a conservation sponsor with long-term commitment for the continuous operation and permanent equipment supplier for the necessary equipment (football boots, dresses, uniforms) for the GYCO Academy Girls Soccer Club to ensure the continuous operation of the club and thus the transport of the GYCO Academy-message in the long term.



GYCO Academy Projects

All short-term activities (besides the operation of the organization) and investments of GYCO Academy are operated as projects with separate funding not within the operational budget. Thus, we ensure a strict management of these activities and a lean operational budget.

A list of current projects is always available on request.

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