Last month, our first live Ignite Show gave us a closer look at how YMCAs worldwide are implementing YMCA Vision 2030. We’re reminded daily how vital our work is. Only last month, for instance:

A new report from OxFam International shows extreme wealth and extreme poverty are simultaneously increasing worldwide. While the richest 1 percent captured about half of all new wealth in the last 10 years, 1.7 billion workers live in countries where inflation is outpacing wages. As we work for a Just World, the YMCA is a voice against this inequity.

Climate change was center stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where young activists, including Greta Thunberg, demanded climate justice. We join their call for a Sustainable Planet and youth-led solutions.

As the need for action grows, YMCAs are making great strides in all four Vision 2030 Pillars. From partnerships (YMCA Europe/HP), to government support (YMCA Canada) to new programmes (Y Australia), to name just a few that are featured in this newsletter, we are making steady progress. I hope you are as encouraged and inspired as I am.

Carlos Sanvee, World YMCA Secretary General