World YMCA President addresses YMCA England & Wales on ‘the global YMCA’

Topic: 180 Anniversary

Date: 08 July 2024

“Part of our YMCA magic is that we are both local and global”.

On 5 July 2024, the second day of the YMCA England & Wales National Conference, World YMCA President Soheila Y. Hayek examined the YMCA’s global evolution from our beginnings in London to our presence today in 120 countries.

“Rejoice in the fact that you are embedded in your local communities and known and loved by them. But never, ever, feel small and local”, she said, as she discussed our shared resources and collective strategy in YMCA Vision 2030.

Read the full (illustrated) speech here.