Empowering young people and communities to be and to lead the change they want to see

Join us in honouring our past, shaping our future Celebrating 180 years of the worldwide YMCA Movement, born in 1844

Celebrate with us!
Two people having fun
Group of happy people
YMCA 180 Logo
YMCA Summit

12,000

local YMCA branches

90,000

YMCA staff

920,000

YMCA volunteers

65 million people

reached every year

Our latest news

Organisations in India come together to empower young p...

22 July 2024

Read full story

Meet Meaningful Work Youth Champion Natan Jesse

22 July 2024

Read full story

YMCA announces new approach to tackle youth employment ...

16 July 2024

Read full story

World YMCA Executive Committee Meeting, 6-7 July 2024

08 July 2024

Read full story

Vision 2030 was adopted at the 20th World Council, in Aarhus, Denmark, in July 2022

Vision 2020 Logo

Worldwide, our community has adopted one mission:

To empower young people and communities worldwide to build a just, sustainable, equitable and inclusive world, where every person can thrive in body, mind and spirit.

Learn more

There are 1.2 billion young people in the world aged 15-24

This is how we support them, and their communities:

Community Wellbeing

We nurture young people in body, mind and spirit.

Community Wellbeing
Community Wellbeing
This matters because...

1 in 7

young people aged 5-19 worldwide experience a mental health disorder

UN/WHO

Meaningful Work

We support worthwhile jobs and sustainable livelihoods.

Two women talking
Meaningful Work
This matters because...

264 million

young people aged 15-24 are not in education, employment or training (two-thirds are girls and women)

UN/ILO

Sustainable Planet

We channel young people's commitment to climate justice and sustainability

A group of people planting trees
Sustainable Planet
This matters because...

1 billion

children and young people worldwide are at ‘very high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis

UNICEF

Just World

Young people demand justice. We amplify youth voices and actions in communities.

Community
Just World
This matters because...

400 million

children worldwide face discrimination because of their ethnicity or religion

Save the Children

Features: Read how we're making an impact

YMCA Camp Duncan: A century of fun, learning and global...

09 April 2024

Read full story

Norris Pritam: A YMCA story of sports and inspiration

01 February 2024

Read full story

Campaign for microplastic reduction

18 January 2024

Read full story

University YMCA in Seoul: Climate action

20 December 2023

Read full story

Where we make our impact

We are in 120 countries. Find your National Movement:

YMCA Africa

Regional HQ (Area Alliance)

Nairobi, Kenya

National Movements:

17

View all countries
YMCA Presence in Africa

YMCA Asia Pacific

Regional HQ (Area Alliance)

Hong Kong

National Movements

24

View all countries
YMCA Presence in Asia Pacific

YMCA Europe

Regional HQ (Area Alliance)

Brussels, Belgium

National Movements

37

View all countries
YMCA Presence in Europe

YMCA Latin America & Caribbean

Regional HQ (Area Alliance)

Cancun, Mexico

National Movements

25

View all countries
YMCA Presence in Latin America

YMCA Middle East

National or Local Movements

6

View all countries and associations
YMCA presence in the middle east

YMCA North America

National Movements

2

View all countries
YMCA Presence in North America