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World YMCA Newsletter - January 2022

All strength, all purpose and all hope to the global YMCA Movement for 2022. I believe that Covid has done us a service in making us think again about the future of young people, and the future of the things we collectively believe in.  It has been the accelerator for change, and the motivator for the world of dignity, equity and compassion that is our collective goal. 
Maybe, in retrospect, we let 2021 happen to us, in incredibly tough circumstances. We cannot be passive in 2022: we have to make change happen. Learn from our mistakes; learn from our new approaches. Make sure that the new normal is not the old normal. Manage this pandemic, and don’t let it manage us. 
So we go forward into a big year with utter determination: 2022 will see the 20th YMCA World Council – a hybrid live/online event on 3-9 July (see below – and REGISTER NOW!). And at World Council we will adopt YMCA Vision 2030: one shared Movement-wide vision, one shared mission, and four shared goals to take us to 2030.  
And day by day and week by week, our National YMCA Movements all over the world will continue to serve young people and communities.
We have journeyed together for 178 years. Onwards!

Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General, World YMCA

PS, we are recruiting. We are excited to be seeking a Content and Digital Communications Officer: the deadline for applications is 28 January (see People below). We're also delighted to welcome Kathleen Elsig as Director of Global Partnerships.
World Council 2022 – REGISTER NOW!
As announced, the 20th YMCA World Council on 3-9 July 2022 will be a hybrid event: live in Aarhus, Denmark and online. 
REGISTER NOW now for the in-person and on-line events, and take advantage of Earlybird’ fees which are now available up to 18 February.
We are of course watching the Covid situation very closely, and will reimburse fees if the live event cannot go ahead.  
We will also take the utmost Covid precautions when we are gathered in Aarhus. 
We will continue to send monthly World Council News bulletins right up until the event: the 3rd edition is due next week. These will cover all logistical details, as well as introducing the big themes of the meeting: strategy, governance, ‘CoLabs’ and more.  
Feel free to contact us at
We go forward! #YMCAignite2022

New Year video message

Read the full transcript. More

Climate action projects - NEWS

New funding for climate action projects: apply by 21 February


Building on the 35 projects funded worldwide after the October 2020 Youth Led Solutions climate action summit, at COP 26 Y USA announced a further USD 165,000 in seed grants (ranging from USD 3,000-10,000) to strengthen and scale innovative youth-led solutions to deepen and expand our collective impact on climate action. Teams who have successfully completed solutions from the first round of grants are eligible to apply for funding to expand their ideas by 14 February, and proposals for new solutions should be received by 21 February.

Apply here

Six YMCA climate action films to be released in January/February 

Over six Thursdays in January and February, at 4pm CET/Geneva time, join World YMCA on our YouTube Channel for the launch of six films sharing the story of inspiring youth-led solutions on climate action from around the world. Each conceived during the Youth-Led Solutions Summit on Climate Action in October 2020, the initiatives all received seed funding to bring their ideas to fruition. Young leaders are championing change in communities around the world, and these are their stories. 
See the films and set your calendar reminders now: More

🏫 6 January - C.A.R.E for Climate (Albay, Philippines/Ann Arbor, USA)
🌳13 January - #TeamTrees (Kosovo)
🪱 20 January - Global Worming/E-Waste Recycling (Hawai’i, USA) 
🪴27 January - BrinGreen (East Jerusalem)
🚻 3 February - Sumaq Muru (Peru)
🏫 10 February - Y Climate Change (Ndola, Zambia) 

Video round-up: World YMCA in 2021
Some ‘institutional’ dates for the year to come, with many more events to follow
  • 25-26 March, World YMCA Executive Committee meeting (online)
  • 6 June, anniversary of the establishment of the first YMCA (London, UK, in 1844)
  • 3-9 July, 20th YMCA World Council – live in Aarhus, Denmark and online. SEE ABOVE! REGISTER NOW!
  • 3 July, outgoing World YMCA Executive Committee meeting (live)
  • 9 July, incoming World YMCA Executive Committee meeting (live)
  • 9 July, YMCA National General Secretaries meeting (live)
  • End-October, World YMCA Executive Committee meeting 
120 National YMCA Movements across four Regional Alliances, North America and the Middle East, reaching some 65 million people a year
See here a listing of all YMCA National Movement social media handles and addresses, all over the world
Lloyd Wamai is Programme Innovation and Management Executive at the Africa Alliance of YMCAs. Listen to a podcast where he speaks about "How to lift people out of poverty using Design Thinking" More
YMCA Guatemala highlights the work of young volunteers from Alta Verapa. Watch the first video introducing Aldo and Raúl and the activities they do with children of their local communities. More
Gareth is a YMCA Singapore Special Needs Ambassador with autism. He was the first to complete YMCA Inclusive Challenge 2021, summitting Mt Fuji virtually ahead of over 400 participants. More
"Find your Y." - The Y (USA) has released a short video to promote its programmes and activities. Watch the video

On 18 December, YMCA Malta organised a Christmas concert, with gift distribution to children. Find out more

YMCA East Jerusalem, in Palestine, started the Christmas celebrations by organising a play called "The Road to the Treasure". Find out more

“Claude-Alain Danthe is an institution!” says World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee. “He’s rooted in our shared past and knows it in incredible detail, and he’s passionately committed to our shared future, and especially the role that technology can play.” Read the story of his incredible 37 years of service to the global YMCA Movement. More
Vacancy!  Content & Digital Communications Officer
World YMCA seeks a dynamic communicator, passionate about story-telling, website and social media. Application deadline: 28 January. Interviews: mid-February. More

Appointment: Director of Global Partnerships

Welcome to Kathleen Elsig, World YMCA Director of Global Partnerships from January 2022. More
Did you know that basketball was invented by physical educator James Naismith at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, on 21 December 1891?
Thank you YMCA Brazil (ACM São Paulo) for sharing these memories! More
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