World YMCA is proud to be a founder member and a key player in the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM), which aims to address the negative impact of the Covid pandemic on young people and support them to build back better.
Alongside the five other members of the ‘Big 6’ (the world’s largest global youth organisations, World YMCA joined the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation in establishing the Global Youth Mobilization in December 2020.
Phase 1 of the GYM ran until March 2023, and it now seeks USD 15 million to launch Phase 2 to continue working over the next three years to 2026, with young people at the helm.
Said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, “WHO remains committed to continuing to work with the Global Youth Mobilization, and we encourage other partners to join the next phase of the initiative and invest in the health and well-being of future generations”.
World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee also looks to the future here.
Global Youth Mobilization Phase 1, 2020-2023
In Phase 1 of the GYM, nearly 600,000 young people were engaged and over 3.6 million people have benefitted from national and local projects in over 125 countries. Projects funded to the tune of USD 5 million focussed on mental health, gender inequality, education and employment, and protection against – and prevention of – Covid.