Honouring our past, shaping our future Celebrating 180 years of the worldwide YMCA Movement

Join us in commemorating 180 years of the YMCA's incredible journey since 6 June 1844.

What's it about?

‘Honouring our past’

As we celebrate the 180th Anniversary of YMCA, we reflect on our rich history, steeped in a legacy of community service, youth empowerment, and social impact. From humble beginnings to global recognition, our journey has been marked by resilience, innovation, and unwavering dedication to our mission.

How to participate

We invite you to join us as we celebrate where we’ve come from and where we are headed. We seek your photos of times past – first of the past as we highlight the essence of YMCA's journey.

Submit your photos – ‘honouring our past’

By 24 April 2024, select 3 photos showcasing key moments in the history of your national or local YMCA, and upload them with short captions on the form below or email them to communications@ymca.int. Along with sharing images, we’ll compile them into a keepsake photo book to be gifted to each Movement.

‘Sharing our activities’

Does your YMCA National Movement have something special planned for YMCA 180? Let us know how you will celebrate the day and we'll share your event on our social media! Email communications@ymca.int.

Submit the photos on the form below

The YMCA 180 anniversary is coming up soon, and we’re asking all YMCA National Movements to share a few photos from their history. Please use the form below to upload your images!

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YMCA History

Explore our rich history dating back to 1844!