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Title: The YMCA Celebrates 180 Years of Empowering Youth & Communities

Geneva, Switzerland, 10th Jun 2024, King NewsWire – The worldwide YMCA Movement marks its 180th anniversary on June 6. Its global, national, and local initiatives empower young people and communities to continue to build a ‘just, sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world’ for all.YMCA was established in 1844: it is the oldest and one of the largest youth organizations in the world. From providing young men with a safe space in industrial London to developing young people in ‘body, mind and spirit’, and supporting communities ‘cradle to grave’ including migrants and refugees, it has grown massively.“What started with 12 young men in London in 1844 has grown to encompass 12,000 communities worldwide – in 120 countries – in June 2024”, said World YMCA President Soheila Hayek. “The Young Men’s Christian Association is proud to serve young and old, men and women and boys and girls, Christians and those of any and no faith.”YMCA has always been a pioneer. It invented basketball and volleyball, for instance. This is in addition to teaching English as a second language, running migrant reception programs, establishing gyms and swimming pools, and places of education and housing for all ages. YMCA won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for supporting soldiers, prisoners, and families in two World Wars.“We remain pioneers”, says World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee. “We believe in youth-led solutions and work with our global and local partners to make those solutions fly. Prompted by COVID, we also believe that we must continue to reach out to communities, and not expect them to come to us.”2024 has seen the YMCA partner with five other global youth organizations. The YMCA has also partnered with the EU and the UN in a Euro 10 million program to facilitate young people...

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