YMCA in the Czech Republic
Date of foundation of the YMCA: 1921, re-established in 1990
Membership Status: Full Member
Full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs since: 1994
Czechoslovak YMCA was re-established in 1990. However the history of YMCA in the area dates back to 20s. In 1922 Czechoslovak YMCA was accepted as a full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs. Supported by the US YMCA Czechoslovak YMCA played an important role in political, religious, social and cultural life as well as in sports until 1948 when communists took over the government and YMCA was banned as undesirable.
The YMCA in the Czech Republic was founded in 1992 after the split of Czechoslovakia. It works through 28 local associations in towns and villages all over the country and has approx. 3.600 members. The Czech YMCA is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs and YMCA Europe.
The Czech YMCA aims to develop all sides of human being (body, mind and spirit). It is open to anyone regardless of their nationality, sex, religion, social background or physical and mental abilities. Czech YMCA is bringing Christian values into the life of society.
Czech YMCA offers safe space for meaningful and quality free time activities. It helps others to safely develop, grow, belong, educate and explore not only within the country but also abroad though the cooperation with other organisations.
The Czech YMCA is fulfilling its mission through various programmes:
· summer and winter camps
. children´s clubs (pre-school centres)
. Ten Sing (teenagers’ singing)
· social activities for children and youth
sport, art, music activities
Address – National Office
YMCA Czech Republic
NGS, Vojtěch Rálek
Na Porici 12
110 00 Praha 1