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World YMCA Newsletter - 2 May 2022

In all the institutional busy-ness of a global federation, we can sometimes forget the daily situations of the thousands of people who work for YMCA worldwide, and the millions of people they reach.
Our newsletters bring you news of the summits and strategies and programmes and initiatives which frame our work, but they don’t always take you to the heat of the action.
This week, as our remarkable work to support Ukrainians at home and abroad continues, I’m off to see our colleagues in YMCA Romania in Baia Mare.  I’m thinking of many YMCAs worldwide who are under pressure, and especially remembering our friends in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. We share what we can on social media, like the strong response to a fire at YMCA Liberia.
These are all stories of hope, like the stories of Alvin from Hong Kong, Nana from Ghana), Marta from Ukraine, Taylor from Scotland and Lawrence from Liberia which we shared with you in Easter week, alongside my message of the Easter hope that spring eternal.

At headquarters and in the field, it’s my privilege to be part of this great global good that is the YMCA.
See you very soon at World Council !
Carlos Sanvee, Secretary-General, World YMCA
World Council begins in 62 days

In two months, 1,000 people will come together in-person in Aarhus, Denmark, and 1,500 people will come together online. A visit to Aarhus in mid-April showed again the quality of the venue and the great work of our hosts in YMCA Denmark. The Programme is fixed, and speakers are ready to be announced. Flights and hotels are booked, and registration for the in-person event continues until 31 May.

We sent out a call for applications here for Co-Lab facilitators and have had a great response. There is still time to register your interest. 

Be part of the excitement as the global YMCA Movement comes together again after four years. 

Register and read it all at the World Council website
World Council News #6, 22 April

YMCA & HP LIFE lift youth digital skills

Seven YMCAs worldwide are the initial players in a new partnership between World YMCA and the HP (Hewlett Packard) Foundation, aimed at building digital literacy in young people. More

YMCA co-chairs Global Youth Mobilization seminar

YMCA plays its part as the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM), in collaboration with the world’s largest Big Six youth organizations, and with the support of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation hosts a series of webinars on young people's response to the Covid pandemic. On 22 April, YMCA’s Loris Tarazi chaired a debate on Covid vaccine hesitancy and combatting misinformation. More

GYM Interim Report summary
GYM Interim Report summary video
Soar like eagles”: the vision behind YMCA Vision 2030
‘Narratives can be false and fearful, and they can be hopeful’, said World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee at the National Conference of YMCA England and Wales in Warwick, UK, on Friday 8 April 2022. ‘Our vision is a world where every person lives in harmony with self, with society and with creation.’  He set out the context and the overarching goal of YMCA Vision 2030. 
Read about the ‘new narrative’
20th YMCA World Council 3-9 July. In person registration closes 31 May; Online registration closes 30 June.

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
From the National Movements
Raising awareness and advocating for youth justice – YMCA Subject to Citizen ambassadors on the streets of South Africa. More
Asia Pacific
We are live on TV: a collective effort to support Ukrainian refugees on their journey from Poland to Japan. More
YMCA Kosovo is embarking on a pilot project aimed at accelerating digital equity and empowering skills development in disadvantaged communities. More
Latin America & Caribbean
How to inspire climate action – a great initiative from YMCA Salto, Uruguay. More
Middle East
YMCA East Jerusalem shares a moment of holiness, in the spirit of unity and peace. More
North America
A healthy diet creates a balance between body, mind and spirit. Ready for a fun ethical dieting plan from our colleagues at Y Canada? More
From the Area Alliances

The African Alliance joins millions around the world in the attempt to raise awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. More

Asia Pacific
We are proud to launch our “I am for Zero Waste” campaign, which seeks to further the YMCA's advocacy and climate education.  More
A look back at the first 50 days of the war in Ukraine, and how our YMCA Movement came together, through pain and suffering. More
Latin America & Caribbean
Uniting regional communities within our YMCAs through three pillars: Sustainability; Synergies for social impact; Positioning the YMCA. More
“Though life might put us through some difficult and incomprehensible times, where losing hope is the easiest thing we can do, we have to keep our vision alive.”
Meet Nicola Abuamsha, former World YMCA Change Agent, now Youth Coordinator at the East Jerusalem YMCA. More
We are great dancers at the YMCA. Our colleagues from YMCA and YWCA Europe met in Kärsögården, Sweden in April to discuss sustainable impact … and try out some of their dance moves. More (video)
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