The global Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has brought about the best and the worst of times for young people, and for the worldwide YMCA Movement.
Read about our Covid-19 work – from supporting our communities, to rallying round one another as national YMCAs, to global advocacy, to rethinking our purpose and practice
‘Resilience’ has been our watchword in facing up to hardships, and ‘Reimagination’ in going forward stronger, better and more focussed.
Young people have been at the centre of the response, and they will be at the centre of mapping our future.
Covid-19 has hit the global YMCA Movement hard, and it has hit young people hard
Many YMCAs have had to stop doing the things they have been doing for years, and doing best: meeting people face to face, supporting them, empowering them. Many have had to close premises and activities; some have had to lay off staff.
As a global YMCA Movement, we have shown Resilience, and the need for Resilience remains as high as ever.
Geneva, 15 December 2020. The Big Six – the world’s six largest youth organisations ...15/12/2020
World YMCA and five other youth organizations join WHO in launching global mobilization to...14/12/2020
YMCA Europe response to Covid-19: during the pandemic, YMCAs across Europe have been determined to help their communities as far as possible, establishing some best practices.
YMCA Latin America and Caribbean web section dedicated to Covid-19: videos, articles and information in spanish
Impact and survey data: YMCA Europe implemented the COVID-19 Impact Survey to understand how the crisis has influenced the situation in YMCAs and what kind of support is the most relevant (September 2020)
YMCAs responded rapidly on multiple fronts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19
Coping with coronavirus: a guide for young people by the Mental Health Foundation
What we know about young people and COVID-19: a report from WHO (August 2020)
Youth & COVID-19: Impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being: global report by ILO (August 2020)
The YMCA Solidarity Fund was established in April 2020 to offer institutional support to national YMCAs who are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic