Celebrating 180 years of the Worldwide YMCA Movement

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

Our History

Explore our rich history dating back to 1844

The YMCA Ethiopia women’s basketball team, 1970s

A major milestone

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

Enjoy a gallery of anniversary photos submitted by National and Local YMCA Movements. Hear from our President. Watch video pieces and read other stories about how we as a Movement are marking this moment.

And if your YMCA National Movement has special plans for YMCA 180, let us know how you are celebrating, and we’ll share your event on our social media.

Email us at: communications@ymca.int

A photographic journey through YMCA’s 180 years 1844-2024

We invited YMCA National and Local Movements to send us some of their favourite photos of the last 180 years. Some went back to their beginnings; some focussed on the last 180 days or even hours… We received an extraordinary response – colourful, fun, diverse – and we present them here by theme. There are of course many thousands more images under each theme, but these were the precious images shared with us from across the YMCA Movement from February to April 2024, and we have faithfully grouped them here. Thank you so much to all who contributed: every photo tells a story.

To learn more about the YMCA and our history, see our new video, 180 Years of the YMCA Movement, on our YouTube Channel.

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