World Alliance of YMCAs: Empowering young people – Space, Transformation, Impact
YMCA is the oldest and one of the largest youth organisations in the world. Its goal is to be the global youth empowerment organisation: empowering, inspiring and mobilising young people to find and share their voice on the issues that matter to them and to the world. YMCA helps young people to better themselves, to better their communities, and to better their world. It gives them the Space to bring about Transformation in themselves and their communities, and make a positive difference – an Impact – as a result.
Founded in London in 1844 as the Young Men’s Christian Association, YMCA has grown to reach over 60 million people a year across 120 countries. Established as a safe space for young Christian men, YMCA now welcomes men and women of any or no faith, of any race or background. With nearly 90,000 staff, some 920,000 volunteers and 12,000 branches worldwide, its work embraces young and old.
World YMCA is committed to mobilising capital including impact investing funding to further SDGs relating to young people and to ensure young people and communities have a voice in shaping the impact investing markets.