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|About||The YMCA is passionately committed to empowering young people in 119 countries. We are the #WorldYMCA movement.|
|Mission||Empowering Young People|
The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is one of the oldest and largest Movements for youth in the world. Founded in 1844, it now operates in 119 countries, and reaching 58 million people. The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture.
The World Alliance of YMCAs, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a confederation of National Councils of YMCAs around the world.
The World Alliance:
- Strengthens the capacity of National YMCA Movements by providing training and technical support, sharing good practices, resources, and minimum standards
- Advocates globally on issues affecting young people in collaboration with, and on behalf of YMCAs
- Represents the YMCA at global level with media, donors, United Nations bodies, ecumenical organisations and other civil society partners
- Develops programmes to promote youth leadership
- Provides leadership to the YMCA Movement on thematic and mission issues
- Coordinates YMCA emergency response efforts
- Facilitates communications within the world Movement through publications and multimedia
Local and National YMCA Associations are strongly rooted in their communities. Depending on the local context and priority issues affecting young people, YMCAs operate in a wide range of programme areas including:
Education & Vocational Training
Health & HIV/AIDS Prevention
Civic Engagement & Human Rights Education
In addition to undertaking research, awareness-raising, and training in these programme areas, YMCAs also advocate to ensure adequate national and international public policies that protect and promote the rights of youth and women in particular. Through these actions, YMCAs are creating long-lasting change in the lives of millions of youth and the communities of which th
1901: Henry Dunant, who co-founded the Geneva YMCA in 1852, and was one of the founders of the World Alliance of YMCAs, won the first ever Nobel Peace Prize for founding the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863, and inspiring the Geneva Convention (Convention de Genève). He shared the prize with Frédéric Passy, founder and President of the first French peace society.
1946: John R. Mott, USA, President of the World Alliance, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his "long and fruitful labours in drawing together the peoples of many nations, many races and many communions in a common bond of spirituality". John R. Mott also played an important role in the founding of the World Student Christian Federation in 1895, and the World Council of Churches in 1948.