An important news update from our LACA General Secretary, Antonio Merino on developments in Nicaragua:

Dear friends,

In recent days, Nicaragua has experienced a tense situation due to students protesting Social Security reforms. The situation turned into violence after the government intervened to stem the unrest. Reports indicate that at least 30 people were killed and significantly impacted the economy.

The population took to streets demanding a peaceful solution. As a result, the government revoked the reforms and opened the dialogue giving hope for the future of democracy in Nicaragua.

YMCA Nicaragua reduced operations during the past few days to protect the lives and security of their staff, volunteers, and participants.

Please keep the people of Nicaragua in your prayers, particularly our colleagues from YMCA Nicaragua and their families.


Antonio Merino




19th YMCA World Council – 75 DAYS TO GO


World YMCA Secretary General Johan Vilhelm Eltvik recently completed a visit to Chiang Mai to oversee the final preparations for our World Council.

“It’s a wonderful venue and a wonderful city. It will be very different to Estes Park of course, just as every World Council is as unique as the city and available venue we have to work with”, he affirmed.

– This month we release the second of our Handbooks covering the Governance aspects of World Council. It is available CLICK HERE

Governance Agenda

– All the documents are available on the public folder CLICK HERE as they are ready.

These photos show just some of the many energetic preparations going on to ensure a memorable World Council:

Security briefing with the Chiang Mai Police Police Meeting with the Police Commissioner Main Conference Room The YMCA of Chiang Mai are fully energised and arranging so many details More meeting and discussions.. making sure of a great event for all

Next month we will release information on keynote speakers, the next Handbook, the event app and more.

Standard registrations continue until 30th May  CLICK HERE and don’t forget the post-event tours offered by Chiang Mai YMCA CLICK HERE.

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.

YMCA WORLD CHALLENGE – June 2nd is getting closer and closer

How’s your planning going?

We are hearing from so many YMCAs across the world who are organising running events to be part of this year’s World Challenge.

From Peru to Scotland, from Australia to Ireland, you don’t want to miss it. Don’t forget there are many rewards to be won and we will show the biggest and best events at the World Council also.

Here’s 3 things to remember about what to do:

– Before the event
– On the day
– After the event

– Use the free resources available CLICK HERE

** don’t forget the global promotional video HERE

– Use the hashtag  #ymcachallenge


YMCA World Challlenge 2018 – RUN THE YMCA WORLD

–  Send photos and videos to:

All these photos will appear on our Flickr Stream and we will display a selection on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

– Post photos on your social media accounts … using #ymcachallenge.                     This will give a massive visibility of our activities all over the world.

–  Send the number of people and their combined distance  to

(You can use Report Form 1–available HERE. Please do this by June 11th latest)

–  Follow the event on World YMCA social media at:


Complete the post-event evaluation and send to
(Use Report Form 2 – available HERE.

Please do this by June 30th  latest

Questions?   Just ask :

Time for me to continue my training!  Run well!

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General

And watch our YMCA World Challenge video 2018: