The Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs was established in Bangkok, Thailand in 1949, and started functioning from February 1950 in Hong Kong. It currently represents the 24 National YMCA Movements of the region.
Some 8.7 million people a year are the direct beneficiaries of the YMCAs of the Asia and Pacific region. The YMCAs number some 1.1 million members, with about 17,000 staff working in almost 1,900 units or local YMCAs.
YMCA Asia Pacific’s priorities under its current Strategic Plan are Movement Strengthening, Youth Empowerment, Gender Equity, Ecological Concerns, Alternative and Sustainable Tourism, Peace and Justice; Social and Solidarity Economy, and Disaster Risk Management.
Three members of each YMCA National Movement combine to becomes the 72 members of the YMCA Asia Pacific Council, which meets once every four years to elect the Board (the Executive Committee).