The YMCA is one of the oldest and largest youth-focused movements in the world. Founded in 1844, the Y now operates in 120 countries and reaches 64 million people every year.

Who could have guessed that by April 2020, nearly half of the 12,000 YMCA branches worldwide would have feared they would have to close down some, or even all, of their activities. Despite the global YMCA community encountering perhaps the biggest challenge in its 176 year history, the Y survived - in solidarity, in compassion, in determination, and together.


YMCA World Service and the COVID 2020 Impact

2020 Global Impact, Because of You

To all who journey with us through thick and thin, our heartfelt thanks, and our abundant hope for the Great Global Good which is our beloved YMCA Movement.
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45,000 Food Boxes
YMCA Chile was designated by the Chile government to deliver food boxes to one of the most vulnerable sectors of the Tarapaca region in the framework of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Academic Enrichment
Retired teachers in Belize chose to learn how to use a computers because of their dedication to students.
Combating Hunger
South African YMCA raised 10R million worth of funding for food vouchers provided to families in need during Covid-19 lockdowns.
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Empowering Children
1,000 children in Ukraine belonging to underprivileged categories were empowered through programs like day camps, youth clubs, and creative arts.
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Developing Leaders
25,644 youth living in disadvantaged communities in Colombia focused on peace-building, civic engagement and social development.
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Supporting Families
YMCA Brazil served families experiencing hardship due to Covid-19 with 1,200 emergency family kits.

Our Mission unites us to empower young people so that they may transform the world for the better.

The YMCA is one of the oldest and largest youth-focused movements in the world. Founded in 1844, the Y now operates in 120 countries and reaches 64 million people every year.

The Gateway Region YMCA is part of the International YMCA Network - a powerful alliance dedicated to strengthening our global communities. Because of this global reach, we are able to respond to trends in migration, health, economic livelihood and education that are reshaping our communities.

International partnerships are developed based on the mutual interests of both local and international Ys. The Gateway Region YMCA currently partners with:

South Africa

Local teens have the chance to travel to a region served by an International Partner for youth exchange, service learning and cross-cultural education.

Your gift to YMCA World Service creates opportunities for young people to overcome obstacles and create change that will last generations. YMCA World Service funds are overseen by the YMCA of the USA International Group and put to use locally by YMCA staff and volunteers who are trusted leaders with a deep understanding of community need and the relationships to produce impactful, sustainable solutions.

You can purchase a World Service T-shirt to show your support!

Proceeds benefit the Y’s World Service fund. Together, you are helping reduce barriers and provide opportunities for more individuals, children and families to thrive.

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The Y aspires to be the center of collaboration within our communities by inspiring and promoting diversity, inclusion and global efforts for ALL.

If you would like to support YMCA World Service, please make a donation below.

For more information, please click here to contact Dan Schulze.