YMCA World Challenge

YMCA marks the day – 6th June 1844 – when George Williams, later Sir George Williams, founded the first YMCA in London, England. The first meeting was held in Williams’ drapery shop in St Paul’s Churchyard and included 12 young men in total. Their objective was the “improvement of the spiritual condition of the young men engaged in houses of business, by the formation of Bible classes, family and social prayer meetings, mutual improvement societies, or any other spiritual agency.”

To celebrate YMCA’s 176th anniversary in 2020, World YMCA is taking our World Challenge digital! We are challenging YMCA members across the globe digitally to connect/reconnect with their members while also enjoying global digital content throughout the day.

This year many of our YMCAs will be closed on our Birthday or trying to re-establish themselves with thousands of YMCA members still potentially on lockdown or having their movement restricted.

The main point of the 2020 World Challenge will be encouraging you to connect/reconnect. For those out of lockdown, it’s a chance to reconnect, and for those still under lockdown at that time, it’s a chance to meet digitally and connect for reasons other than work.

So, organise your own digital activities, join the World Alliance ones, get your cameras and T-Shirts ready, and let’s celebrate our birthday digitally!!! #YMCAStandsTogether

The Challenge
We challenge you to join the global photo competition and submit photos of your members/participants in their YMCA T-Shirts or merchandise on World Challenge Day using #YMCAChallenge and tagging the World YMCA on social media.

We challenge you to connect with the rest of the global movement by joining in with the World YMCA content on Facebook and sharing or creating your own content within your YMCA networks.

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