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World YMCA Newsletter - February 2022

Dear friends,

Visiting Ethiopia last week, I saw yet again some of the pressures and constraints that are part and parcel of the existence of so many of our National Movements. 
YMCA Ethiopia finds itself in almost every sense in the crossfire of a civil war. The global YMCA Movement rejoices in the great news that - in the first days of 2022 – our brother Dagmawi Selamssa, the National General Secretary of the Ethiopian YMCA, and our sister Ethiopia Tilahun, the current YMCA Ethiopia Chairperson, were released from custody by the Ethiopian authorities after 55 and 44 days respectively. We send them our collective best wishes for rest and restoration as they are reunited with families and colleagues, and continue to thank YMCA for its service to the vulnerable people of Tigray region.

It was my pleasure, too, to visit Nirina Rakotomalala and all the team at the African Alliance of YMCAs in Nairobi, and sit and discuss with them as they chart their course for 2022. It is so heartening to see how they – and so many of us across our global Movement - are building strategies and plans around YMCA Vision 2030. See below our call for your contributions to the second and final phase of the Vision 2030 consultation, which ends on 7 March. One Movement-wide vision, one mission, four shared pillars of impact.

And one World Council, 3-9 July, experienced at least two ways: in Aarhus, and online. Remember to take advantage of the cheaper ‘Earlybird’ fees until 18 February. Please do REGISTER NOW, for both the physical and the virtual events. And be sure to join us for the special World Council information webinar on 9 February at 15:00 CET. 

And finally: please tell us what you think by completing the 3-minute survey at the bottom of this news bulletin. We want our monthly newsletters to be useful and engaging for you, and would greatly value your feedback. Thank you. 

Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General, World YMCA
World Council registrations mount

We are pleased to have taken some 500 confirmed registrations for the physical World Council in Aarhus, 3-9 July, as well as 300 for the online event. ‘I am confident that both figures will exceed 1000’, says Carlos Sanvee. With our own Covid policy and best practice guidelines in place, we continue to watch the situation carefully, and especially the Guidelines for entering Denmark issued by the Danish Government

Join us on Wednesday 9 February at 15:00 CET for a World Council information webinar (see Events below), and REGISTER NOW – before 18 February - to take advantage of earlybird fees of USD 950 for the physical event and USD 100 for the online, or less if part of a block booking by YMCA National Movements. It’s all on the newly refreshed World Council website.  More

A new YMCA face at the GYM

Meet Loris Tarazi, a youth volunteer and Board member at the East Jerusalem YMCA, and a World YMCA Change Agent.

Since January, she is the new YMCA Youth Representative on the Board of the Global Youth Mobilization initiative. 

“I have seen the great impact this initiative has made … and I’m actually playing my small part in making it all happen. … The world still has a chance, and that drives and motivates me even more.”More
YMCA Vision 2030: final consultation
For the past 3 years, our Movement has been on an ambitious journey of finding its North Star. That journey took a big step forward with an amazing formal consultation on the first draft of Vision 2030, which took place between July and October 2021. Vision 2030 is taking great shape. We have now reflected your comments, and integrated all your feedback in the second and final draft for consultation. We invite National Movements to have their final say by 7 March.
Consultation form
YMCA Vision 2030 version 2 (February 2022)
Wednesday 9 February, 15:00-16:30 CET - World Council information webinar 

The webinar is aimed at YMCA leaders, staff and volunteers. We will set out as much information on World Council as we possibly can; we will hear from YMCA National Movements who have already confirmed their registrations; we will answer people’s questions. Translation will be provided in French and Spanish.
Register here for World Council webinar
Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 July - the 20th YMCA World Council: live in Aarhus, Denmark and online.  
Register here for World Council
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
Youth-Led Solutions on Climate Action: Creating micro-green spaces in Palestin. The seed grant winner from the Middle East tells us their story of success. More
Found My Y: Addressing Homelessness with Community. 'The Y is so much more than the gym'. A great blog from Seattle. More
Thanksgiving Service: 120th anniversary celebration of the founding of the YMCA Movement in Hong Kong. More
YMCA Peru welcomes new leadership, with its first and youngest woman President of the Board, and two more females as Presidents of governance committees. See Betsabe Veliz Merino story below. More

YMCA Europe is launching the ‘Leadership Academy’, an online source on Civil Society Organisations, offering a YMCA Europe Certificate. It’s for anyone, aged 16+, involved in non-governmental organisations/civil society organisations (NGOs, CSOs). More

What contribution do Gender roles play in setting expectations for young men and women, while influencing their behaviours and choices in society in Africa?  Read the recent evidence synthesis under our joint research partnership with IDRC & Thinkplace, conducted in Kenya and Zambia. More

Partnerships & Funding
GYCAF (Global Youth Climate Action Fund) Microgrants Program (less than USD 1000) to support Youth-led Climate Action Projects - Deadline: February 11, 2022
Youth To The Front Fund (We Are Family Foundation). Grants from USD 10,000 to USD 100,000. Deadline: February 11, 2022
Meet the youngest YMCA national president, Betsabé Véliz Merino, 29, in Peru.
“As a voluntary Christian movement called to action, we can’t stop … we can’t cease to shine, to be light and inspiration for others. My commitment to youth empowerment drives me to make decisions for the good and future of YMCA Peru, the movement I love so much”. 
The word "bodybuilding" was coined by a physical culturist working for the YMCA.
Strength-training devotee Robert J. Roberts even allowed his employers to advertise their brand by running ads that included photos of his broad, muscular backside. “Bodybuilding” was a term he thought up in 1881.
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