Today we heard from Mark Bryant of the Clermont County YMCA who spoke on the Global YMCA. The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London. Today, they are in 119 countries and serve 58 million people. They focus on local leadership and local needs and are far more than a “swim and gym.”
The Global YMCA Structure looks like this:
- World Alliance of YMCAs
- YMCA Area Alliances
- National YMCA Movements
- Local Y Associations and Branches
The Global YMCA currently has 270 Y-to-Y international partnerships to help 63 underserved countries. Mark shared that, in some countries, a YMCA is not a gym but rather a university because some countries do not have quality universities. Some YMCAs provide education and literacy programs. In Jerusalem the YMCA offers counseling to people who are hurting. The YMCA is the #1 provider of daycare in the United States. Global YMCA invest over $3million annually to help people all over the world.
There are many ways to get involved in with the Global YMCA. There are committees, global exchange programs, world service campaigns, fundraising efforts and volunteering at local YMCAs.