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World YMCA Newsletter - April 2021

Dear friends,

I hope that this Easter can be another landmark moment, as we continue to make sense of who we are and who we want to become. Please read my Easter message in which I talk about my own faith journey, and the wonderful realisation as a young man that the YMCA was the place where I could live and express my faith. My Easter hope is that YMCA can bring the world much-needed healing.
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Carlos Sanvee, Secretary-General, World YMCA

Launch of 35 Youth-Led projects on Climate Action

Empowering young people to put their own projects into practice, YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions Initiative has selected 35 youth-led climate action projects in 20 countries for funding worth a total of some $175,000. The projects were first put forward at or soon after the Youth-Led Summit on Climate Action of October 2020. The top categories of the solutions selected for funding are waste management, advocacy and activism, food security, the green economy and employment, and conservation. Many of the youth-led solutions aim to partner with the YMCA, government, the private sector, or other community organizations.
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Governing body debates institutional racism and approves 2021-22 Strategy 

‘The YMCA has a history of structural racism’, said Tom Valentine, Vice President, International, at Y USA. Tackling institutional racism – recognising and responding to it – was debated at the 81st Meeting of the World YMCA Executive Committee on 19-20 March 2021.
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International Women’s Day 2021

We marked International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021. As an international organisation, we pledge to continue our work towards ensuring gender equality, for a world where every young person feels equal, empowered and included regardless of their identity or background. We asked a few women from our Movement what are their thoughts, ideas and wishes to reinforce this journey to gender equality.
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Call for Applications for small grants to fund YMCA National Projects

World YMCA, in collaboration with the Big 6 Alliance of Youth Organizations, is engaged in the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) project, co-funded by the World Health Organization and the UN Foundation. We are launching a Call for Applications for small grants to fund National Projects implemented by YMCA National Movements. This Call for Applications will close on 12 April.

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World YMCA Strategy 2021-2022

The World YMCA 2021-2022 Strategy sets out its vision ‘to unleash the collective potential of the YMCA Movement, for it to recover from the disruption of Covid-19, and address post-pandemic needs and realities’.  It’s built around three goals: enhancing collective YMCA impact on young people by promoting youth-led solutions approaches for solving the issues a-ffecting young people today; journeying together as one worldwide YMCA Movement; supporting the financial recovery of the worldwide YMCA Movement. 
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7-8 April: ECOSOC Youth Forum
23-25 April: Global Youth Summit (Global Youth Mobilization project): Register now for a superb 3-day online Global Youth Summit which aims to inspire, upskill and engage young people, enabling them to become active in their communities and advocate for their needs in building back better after COVID-19. The event will focus on key themes, from education and employment disruption, empowering young people to take action, the importance of mental health, vaccine equity and others. Several YMCA young leaders from around the world will be speaking, and several YMCAs will host breakout sessions on work, mental & physical wellbeing, and managing finances. And watch out for some very big name speakers...

7-9 June: Coming soon: the second in the series of Youth-Led Solutions Summits after the climate action summit in October 2020. This one’s on ‘The future of work’. More details to follow and get ready to register.
120 National YMCA Movements across four Regional Alliances, North America and the Middle East, reaching some 65 million people a year
Glimpses of the YMCA around the regions


Congratulations to Ms. Ethiopia Tilahun Abebe, a passionate youth champion and long-standing HIV/AIDS educator, and the newly appointed YMCA Ethiopia Board President 2021-2024 Read more

YMCA Myanmar has been severely affected by the military coup of 1 February. Donate to the YMCA Myanmar Solidarity Fund. Read more

On Friday 26 March, YMCAs across England united for one mammoth virtual Sleep Easy event to raise money and awareness in aid of youth homelessness. Read more

After the blast in August 2020, with the support of YMCA Lebanon, Najla chose faith over her fears. Watch her testimony

Statement from YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington on Violence Against Asian Pacific Islanders. Read more

On 17 March, YMCA Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia organised a solidarity lunch for their communities affected by the pandemic. Have a look at the photos
Training the future generation of Ghanaian movie makers

“A lot of young people are interested because making a film is expressive, reflective, revealing, engaging and liberating. It creates a platform to explore their creativity”.
Meet Kwabena Eddie Mankata, age 35. He is a filmmaker, screenwriter, author and movie director. He is also a film trainer with YMCA Ghana, in West Africa. In 2020, he created with YMCA young people six short Coronavirus-themed films to raise awareness about the virus and to inform the people of Ghana and beyond. He shares his passion for filmmaking, and the impact of movies in the communities.

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Thanks to the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta (USA) for sending their green and good St Patrick's Day wishes.

Family YMCA of Greater Augusta kids wearing green outfits and showing Shamrocks
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