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World YMCA Newsletter - July 2021

Thank you to all of you – presenters, partners and above all participants from all over the world – who joined the YMCA Youth Led Solutions Summit on the Future of Work on 7-9 June. I loved following the chat room: ‘I’m enjoying every moment of this summit’ said a young man from Zambia, while a lively commentator from Japan said ‘It’s 3 a.m. here’!  And now the work begins to launch community initiatives worldwide, and make ‘youth-led solutions’ a reality.  Stand by for more information as we prepare to address the topic of mental health in October.   

Also stand by for the start of a Movement-wide consultation in July, as we discuss ‘Vision 2030’: our shared vision, mission and goals, and our YMCA roadmap for the decade which has to see the world delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the YMCA movement delivering on its aim to be the world’s partner of choice as a global youth empowerment organisation. Day by day, the world over, we are doing just that – we just have to bring everything to scale. I often repeat: to travel fast, go alone; to travel far, go together.

Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General, World YMCA
750 online for YMCA Youth Led Solutions Summit: 'the Future of Work'
A 3-day summit, with 4 plenaries and 40 breakouts, 150 speakers and 50 hours of content, attended by 750 people from 105 countries, each of whom stayed for an average of 7 hours. Thank you to all who made the Future of Work summit such a success!

Find a summary of Day 3 activities, Wednesday 9 June, and also the story of Day 2, Tuesday 8 June and Day 1, Monday 7 June. On the World YMCA YouTube Channel, we have posted video recordings of all plenaries and all breakouts, as well as the resource material. The YMCA Youth-Led Solutions site remains a great resource. 

World YMCA President Patricia Pelton said: “This is only the beginning.  This is the moment when the term ‘Youth-Led Solutions’ really kicks in, and when we hear the things you want to do to meet employment challenges for young people in your communities.”  She indicated a sum of some USD 150,000 available for seed-funding projects, and set out timelines.

Register your Solutions Teams until 10 July. At end-August, you will present your Solutions  to a panel of experts. Early October, we will announce Solutions Teams selected for seed-funding. In July 2022, the selected projects will be showcased at the YMCA World Council in Aarhus, Denmark. Contact:
World YMCA joins the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

The ILO has welcomed World YMCA as an official partner in this UN system-wide effort focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Initiative brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations. 
YMCA Ethiopia stands up for peace in Tigray
"We are primarily carrying out emergency response in Tigray to save lives. We want to engage youth to stand up for peace, rather than violence.” This month, we focus on YMCA Ethiopia, especially in times of COVID-19 and in its response to the crisis in Tigray.


20th YMCA World Council
July 2022
It's a year to go until the 20th YMCA World Council - part in person, part online - in Aarhus, Denmark on 3-9 July 2022.

October 2021
Stand by for more information on a meeting of all YMCA National General Secretaries (Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 October), a meeting of the World YMCA Executive Committee (Friday 29 to Saturday 30 October), and an Extraordinary YMCA World Council (Saturday 30 October).
120 National YMCA Movements across four Regional Alliances, North America and the Middle East, reaching some 65 million people a year
The Civic Education Programme team of YMCA South Africa organised sessions for young men to talk openly about issues affecting them such as gender-based violence, social pressure, and cultural norms. More


The Children and Youth departments of ACM Sports Centro (YMCA Brazil) collected 130kg of food, to support families on low incomes. More

As part of its 100th anniversary activities, YMCA Czech Republic proposes to send a message to your future self about your values and aspirations. In one year's time, you will receive the message... More

To mark the 177th anniversary of YMCA, the Deputy Moderator of the Church of Pakistan and Bishop of Hyderabad Kaleem John blessed and prayed for YMCA Lahore in Pakistan.


On June 19, Y USA marked 'Juneteenth', a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. They highlighted three Black change-makers who impacted their communities and History by their activism.

On 1st July, YMCA Gaza organised activities for young people, such as sports, painting and discussions. The aim was to provide a safe and fun space after the trauma of the recent bombings.

To donate to YMCA Gaza: click here
"I always see the potential of young people. They are moldable and learn quickly. When it comes to issues related to young women and men, it is more important to work on the prevention than the cure".  

On 11 June 2021, Liam Preston, Head of Communications at YMCA England & Wales, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of his dedication to young people. A well-deserved award for a YMCA colleague who is passionate about his work.

The YMCA of Greater Providence (Rhode Island, USA) has recently partnered with inMusic to create a free program that teaches young students the fundamentals of making beats, arranging songs, and digital music technology.
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