YMCA World Challenge 2018 – Well done YMCAs everywhere

Thank you for your participation to the YMCA World Challenge

Dear YMCA friends,

What a great few weeks we have had watching local YMCAs create events and ways to engage with their communities through World Challenge 2018. Simply fantastic. I really want to congratulate you all and say “well done” for your amazing community impact.

If you were following the event via our social media you would have seen a symphony of color, smiles and amazing impact. This one was really big.

A few reminders for you all:

> We are sharing all your photos on our Flickr page CLICK HERE.

> Some YMCAs are still running events and we are collating results. Please remember to send them to : challenge@ymca.int

> We shall announce the results – and the award winners – at the World Council and then via our website and social media.
HERE is a thank you video you can share. We really want to say “Well done everyone!”


HERE you can download a certificate to share and congratulate those people within your YMCA who participated. It can easily be personalised with your event and their name.

I want to encourage you all with a couple of stories I received about the World Challenge that really sums it up for me. Whilst we always have a big challenge associated with this event, more importantly this is the great opportunity for YMCAs of the world to do what they do best – communities are sharing, YMCAs are innovating and young people are leading. This is GREAT! The World Challenge really works!

The stories are impressive and inspiring… and too many to possible share here.

Empowering young people

“We have started running and walking clubs for both parents and young people recently in anticipation for the World YMCA event. We hope that this legacy continues and through running Carrickfergus will be changed, one step at a time.”

“We organize this event every year and this is one of the biggest events we have to reach out and impact young people in our society. We are planning to charge a small amount of fee from the participants and all the fee/donations will go toward poorer community and its people in Ulaanbaatar.”

“This year YMCA Madagascar is participating and we choose to oriente the education side of the event into ‘Ecologic and Environement awarness raising’ and the main activity will be running a half-marathon.

“In Kenya we are organizing a community marathon that looks into creating safer cities for women and girls. We have brought in new partners in line with the SDGs.

“Ours (in Australia) will be a distance challenge where we will count the collective kiloemtres run over the day and have our members sending screen shots of Strava, Garmin (etc) or treadmill screen photos of their distances to our Facebook page, Front Desk or Reception email addresses. We will collectively add these up on an in-centre distance counter doing social media coverage as we go.”

I’m sure you will agree these – and all of your events – are creative and inspiring.

Thank you and well done again.

The YMCA World Challenge is an integral part of our strategy to gain more profile and reputation for YMCAs everywhere.

Well run!

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik
Secretary General

21st June, 2018

Questions? Send e-mail to : challenge@ymca.int


50 Days to go! 50 Days to go – 19th YMCA World Council Preview

“We are counting down the days to our governance and family highlight; the 19th World Council.  This is all about Movement Strengthening and ensuring our strategies are aligned globally to reach more young people” –Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General.

Keynote speakers announced: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda from Zimbabwe is a trained human rights lawyer with extensive experience in conflict resolution and mediation who has worked tirelessly for advancing women and children’s human rights. Nyaradzayi served Secretary General for the World YWCA in Geneva.

Howard Smith is President of the Harlem Globetrotters, which, as part of the Herschend Enterprises Group, combines their Christian values with sport and humanity. Howard has a background from entertainment brands across the globe and he also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Naismith
Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Peter Burns is Chief Executive of YMCA Victoria Group. Peter has a lifetime involvement with the YMCA movement and has led his YMCA through a time of unprecedented growth and diversification. This period is grounded deeply in the mission achievement of the YMCA, and underpinned by his commitment to build enduring partnerships and ensure equitable access for
all to the YMCA’s programmes and services.

We have released a number of new resources for Participants:

The Nominations Booklet for candidates for Officer and Member roles on the Executive Committee CLICK HERE.

More papers for the Business Agenda available on our public folder – CLICK HERE

Our Event App for smartphones is live so you can have everything at your fingertips.

To download The App (1) go to your App Store and search for Crowd Compass Attendee Hub, (2) search for YMCA World Council and sign in – or follow this Information CLICK HERE

The World Council Handbooks series is now completed with the release of 3, 4 and 5 – HERE.

Last call for registrations. Registrations close on 30th May – HERE or https://worldcouncil.ymca.int/

About the YMCA World Council:
The 19th YMCA World Council will be held between 8-14 July 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Over 1,200 delegates will attend the event from the 120 members of the World Alliance of YMCAs. The World Council meets every four years and is the movement’s highest decision making body. The theme for this World Council is “Youth Empowerment 4 Good”, focusing on the long-term commitment to young people through focusing on 4 strategic areas.