At YMCA, we are truly ‘inter-generational’. Our first task is to empower young people, but we also have a lot of projects and activities for babies, toddlers and youngsters. As a matter of fact, many young people who are now volunteering or working for YMCAs have been involved since childhood. They and their families took part in YMCA Summer Camps when they were as young as 5 – and they have stayed with us all their lives.
As we marked World Children’s Day on 20 November 2020, we took the opportunity to highlight a few programmes focused on little ones.
Yokohama YMCA in Japan organised the 23rd edition of the YMCA International Charity Run from 14-30 November 2020, in support of children with disabilities.
During the Covid-19 pandemic
- The YMCA in the USA is offering emergency child care at more than 1,000 sites for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders.
- To read: What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns – an article by US media outlet NPR (National Public Radio)
- An iceberg of impact: Covid-19 and early childhood mental health – a web article from the YMCA USA
- Stewards of Children is a prevention training programme run by YMCA of Centre County (USA) which teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
- The Street Children Project from Cambodia YMCA distributes food to the vulnerable girls and boys living in the streets of Phnom Penh. (photo on the right)
- The YMCA of Greater Seattle provides meals and snacks to thousands of vulnerable children.
- In October 2020, YMCA Guardians for Child Protection (USA) launched the #5DaysofAction: a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.
- The Y Academy (USA) provides programmes that support the social, emotional and academic needs of vulnerable youth. See the video below
- YMCA Edinburgh is encouraging children in protecting the environment. Look at a few photos of green activities they have been sharing.
- YMCA Liberia shared a colorful video of little athletes happily playing basketball.
- YMCA Madurai (India) aims to provide better education to children with special needs.
- YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs (Canada) asked children to reflect on what peace means to them, through drawing and painting.