Date: 03 September 2014

Young people are part of an untold story – a hidden story of injustice on a major scale. Statistics show young people facing difficulties and greater challenges than ever before – in employment (projected at 75 million unemployed), health (lack of access, abuse, and loss of hope), civic engagement (alone, displaced, and vulnerable) and their local and global environment (on issues of safety, security, and sustainability).

We believe young people are our hope and our collective asset and we must do more and be more for the 1.8 billion young people around the world. We are working for change. In the long-term we aspire to reach 5 percent of these young people (90 million young people). Our past tells us we can achieve big impact. Our present tells us the time to act is now.

The YMCA lives our mission as a Christian and ecumenical organisation and we are called to welcome and serve all young people through the unconditional love of God. We are rooted through our common heritage as stated through the Paris Basis and Challenge 21. We are called to serve. The YMCA since its origins has been called to serve – to protect and care for the mind, spirit, and body – and to nurture the potential for change through Space – Transformation – Impact for all young people.

During the 18th World Council of YMCAs in Estes Park, USA, YMCA Leaders from all over the world decided upon a new strategy for the World YMCA, “OUR WAY, which will guide our collective work from 2014 until 2018 and this strategy is all about youth empowerment.

The World YMCA staff is now working on the implementation plans, which will involve greater involvement of area alliances, national and local YMCAs to be delivered.

Get to know “OUR WAY” by clicking here! (https://www.ymca.int/wp/fileadmin/app/Documents/Governance_Documents/OUR_WAY_STRATEGY_Proposal.pdf)