YMCA Argentina

Argentina – National Council of YMCAs

Date of foundation of the YMCA:1902
Membership Status :  Full
Full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs since: 1972

Brief YMCA History

The first YMCA was formed in Buenos Aires in 1902 (May 6th). Despite the fact that an emphasis was given to physical education programmes -in which the YMCA was a pioneer and outstanding organization in the country- the work of the YMCA have included several actions on various fields: youth programmes, boy’s work, work with disadvantaged children, recreation, camps, educational programmes, Christian orientation programmes, leadership training, culture and arts programmes, among others. Later, YMCA actions also focused on community development, including Primary Schools (with Pre-school sections), work with Street Children, community centres in several neighbourhoods, work with shanty towns communities and vocational training. A second YMCA was founded in 1929 in the city of Rosario and -later- a third in the city of Bahía Blanca.

As from 1983 the YMCA became a National Movement (the same YMCA at the National level -one single Legal Capacity- with several branches and programmes units in different locations in the country). Currently there are 16 different operating units.

Mission Statement

The YMCA of Argentina has the Paris Basis as its Mission Statement and in its framework affirms that its purpose is to promote the common and collective welfare and the spiritual, moral, physical and intellectual growing of people as well as the values of Justice, Peace, Love and Solidarity (in order to define its concrete actions, the YMCA formulates strategic guidelines for 5-10 years periods, which are reviewed on yearly basis).

Main Programmes

Camps
· Counsellor in training camp
· Family camps
· Outdoor education camp
· School camp
· School vacation camp
· Sport camp
· Summer day camp
· Summer residential camp

Childcare/Children’s programmes
· Children’s programmes
· Occasional childcare
· Outside school hours care
· Vacation care
· Child abuse
· Child labour
· Children’s rights
· Pre-school education
· Formal education (primary schools)
· Recreation and non-formal education
· Street Children programme
· Home for underprivileged children

Communication
· Advocacy
· Newsletters
· Public opinion
· Theatre
· Open conferences, workshops and debates on social, political, economic and cultural issues.
Christian education
· Christian emphasis in regular programmes
· Ecumenical development
· Inter-religious dialogue
· Participation in ecumenical movements on regular basis
Development
· Community development
· Personal/professional development
· Rural development
· Sustainable development
· Urban development
· Human Rights

Education and Training
· Computer training
· Continuing education
· Cultural education
· Elementary school
· Feeding programme
· First aid training
· Independent living skills
· Interpersonal skills training
· Language courses
· Pre-school
· Promote active living
· Rehabilitation: cardiac and physiotherapy
· Tutoring
· Vocational school/training center
· CPR training
· Lifeguards school
Employment and Economics
· Agricultural training
· Employment services/counseling (Youth)
Environment
· Family activities
· Family and community programmes
· General education
· Orphanage
· Street children and youth
· Youth gatherings/groups
Health
· Child health care
· HIV awareness and prevention
· Preventive health education
· Cardiovascular rehabilitation programmes
· Health-fitness programmes
Indigenous
· Cultures
· Support to and participation with NGOs focused on indigenous peoples
International
· Civil society strengthening
· International development
· International internships
· Peace and reconciliation
· Study and exchange
Leadership training
· Citizenship classes
· Community leadership training
· Fitness
· Indoor/outdoor recreation
· Music
· Outdoor education
· Physical education and leisure
· Racism and discrimination
· Recreational leadership
· Refugee/immigrant
· Sport activities
· Volunteer training
· Youth leadership
Women
· Education
· Health
· Vocational training
Youth
· Communication and networking
· Culture and arts
· Education
· Employment
· Health
· HIV
· Youth at risk
· Youth rights
· Inter-institutional relationships

Address – National Office

Mr Norberto Rodríguez
ACJ/YMCA de la Rep. Argentina
Reconquista 439
C1003ABI Buenos Aires
Argentina
E-mail: norberto.rodriguez@ymca.org.ar

For hotel information, please contact YMCA National Offices directly.

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