YMCA


YMCA

The Young Men's Christian Association ("YMCA" or "the Y") was founded on June 6, 1844 in London, England, by a young man named George Williams. At the time, the organization was dedicated to putting Christian principles into practice, as taught by Jesus Christ. Young men who came to London for work were often living in squalid and unsafe conditions, and the YMCA was dedicated to replacing life on the streets with prayer and bible study. The YMCA idea, which began among evangelicals, was unusual because it crossed the rigid lines that separated all the different churches and social classes in England in those days. This openness was a trait that would lead eventually to including in YMCAs all men, women and children, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Also, its target of meeting social need in the community was dear from the start. Now the YMCA uses a holistic approach to individual and social development encompassing spiritual, intellectual and physical methods. This approach is symbolised by the inverse red triangle used by YMCAs around the world representing the YMCA mission of building a healthy spirit, mind, and body.

Since 1844 the YMCA has grown to become a world-wide movement of more than 45 million members from 124 national federations affiliated through the World Alliance of YMCAs. Currently, the YMCA of the USA is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and the English National Council of YMCAs is based in London.

Today, the degree to which Christ and the Christian faith is emphasized in programs varies between individual YMCA associations. Generally, YMCAs are open to all, regardless of faith, social class, age, or gender. [cite web | title=Love, Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility are the character values that guide the work of the YMCA.| work=Christian News | url=http://www.christiantoday.com/news/south-asia/love.compassion.and.justice.are.our.guiding.principles.mr.j.alexander.national.ymca.president/146.htm | accessdate=2006-04-03]

Organization

A federated model of governance has created a diversity of YMCA programs and services, with YMCAs in different countries and communities offering vastly different programming in response to local community needs. [ [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0001-8392(196309)8%3A2%3C214%3AFETGST%3E2.0.CO%3B2-L From Evangelism to General Service: The Transformation of the YMCA] . Mayer N. Zald, Patricia Denton (September 1963). "Administrative Science Quarterly", 8 (2), 214-234.] In North America, the YMCA is sometimes perceived to be primarily a community sports facility; however, it offers a broad range of programs such as sports, personal fitness, child care, overnight camping, employment readiness programs, immigrant services, conference centers and educational activities as methods of promoting positive values.

Related Organizations

The 19th century YMCA inspired the creation of the Young Men's Hebrew Association and Young Men's Buddhist Association. Its original male focus similarly led to the establishment of a parallel Young Women's Christian Association.

Mission

Although local variations in mission exist and the YMCA's collectively expressed mission has evolved since its founding, the international YMCA movement's mission historically has been one of promoting Ecumenical Christianity.

Paris Basis

Ninety-nine YMCA leaders of individual YMCAs from Europe and North America met for the first time before the 1855 Paris World Exposition to discuss the possibility of joining together in a federation to enhance co-operation amongst individual YMCA societies. This meeting resulted in the Paris Basis which is still a guiding principle of the organization today. Two themes resonated during the council: the need to respect the local autonomy of YMCA societies, and that the purpose of the YMCA is to unite all young, male Christians for the extension and expansion of the Kingdom of God.

The need for the respect of local automony is expressed in the preamble:

quote|The delegates of various Young Men’s Christian Associations of Europe andAmerica, assembled in Conference at Paris, the 22nd August, 1855, feeling thatthey are one in principle and in operation, recommend to their respective Societies to recognize with them the unity existing among their Associations, and whilst preserving a complete independence as to their particular organization and modes of action, to form a Confederation on the following fundamental principle, such principle to be regarded as the basis of admission of other Societies in future.

The Fundamental Principle of the Paris Basis is expressed:

There were also three additional proposals of which the first was later adopted as the second fundamental principle, which emphasises the non-political character of the YMCA:

The Fundamental Principle of the Paris Basis is often stated as the entire basis, and the preamble and other articles are omitted.

There are two versions of the Paris Basis, one in French and one in English. It is thought that the French version is the more accurate representation of the agreement reached and that the English version was a result of a later transcription of notes after the meeting. Some adjustments were made to the English version to align it with the French version in 1955. In the French version, the last two words of the main principle are "jeunes gens", which more accurately translates as "young people" rather than "young men" (although all participants in YMCAs at the time were male) (Muukkonen, 2002:90).

Challenge 21

In 1997, at the 14th World Council of YMCAs, the World Alliance of YMCAs adopted Challenge 21 as its modern-day statement of mission for the 21st century:

quote|Each member YMCA is therefore called to focus on certain challenges which will be prioritized according to its own context. These challenges which are an evolution of the Kampala Principles "
*Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and striving for spiritual, intellectual and physical well-being of individuals and wholeness of communities.
*Empowering all, especially young people and women to take increased responsibilities and assume leadership at all levels and working towards an equitable society.
*Advocating for and promoting the rights of women and upholding the rights of children.
*Fostering dialogue and partnership between people of different faiths and ideologies and recognizing the cultural identities of people and promoting cultural renewal.
*Committing to work in solidarity with the poor, dispossessed, uprooted people and oppressed racial, religious and ethnic minorities.
*Seeking to be mediators and reconcilers in situations of conflict and working for meaningful participation and advancement of people for their own self-determination.
*Defending God’s creation against all that would destroy it and preserving and protecting the earth’s resources for coming generations. To face these challenges, the YMCA will develop patterns of co-operation at all levels that enable self-sustenance and self-determination.

History

*"YMCAs" before the YMCA:There are several YMCAs that are actually older than the London Central Y. They were founded under a different name but later changed their name. The oldest of all YMCAs is the Basel association, which was founded in 1787 as "Lediger Verein". Bremen "Jünglingsverein" was founded in 1834. All German "Jünglingsvereine" were cancelled by Nazis and re-established after the war as CVJMs (German initials for the YMCA). In Britain the oldest association is in Glasgow where it was founded in 1824 as "Glasgow Young Men's Society for Religious Improvement". In France the "Société Philadelphique" was founded in Nimes in 1843.
*1844:George Williams was a 23-year-old draper, typical of the many young men who were being drawn to big cities by the Industrial Revolution. His colleagues were similarly employed, and they were concerned by the lack of healthy activities for young men in cities such as London. The alternatives were often taverns, brothels, and other temptations to sin. On June 6, Williams founded the first YMCA in London for "the improving of the spiritual condition of young men engaged in the drapery and other trades."
*1851:There were YMCAs in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
*1855:YMCA delegates met in Paris, France, at the First World Conference of YMCAs, marking the beginning of the World Alliance of YMCAs. The conference adopted the Paris Basis [ [http://www.ymca.int/index.php?id=115 Paris Basis] ] , a common mission for all present and future national YMCAs. Its motto was taken from the Bible, "That they all may be one" (John 17:21). Other ecumenical bodies such as the World YWCA, the World Council of Churches and the World Student Christian Federation, reflected elements of the Paris Basis in their founding mission statements.
*1865:The Fourth World Conference of YMCAs, Germany, affirmed the importance of developing the whole individual in body, mind and spirit. The concept of physical work through sports was also recognised. This was a new concept for the time.
*1878:The World Alliance offices were established in Geneva, Switzerland, where they have been ever since.
*1880:In some of the member countries the YMCA was the first national organization to adopt a strict policy of equal gender representation in committees and national boards. Norway adopted this policy in 1880.
*1885:Camp Baldhead (later known as Camp Dudley), originally located near Orange Lake in New Jersey, was established by YMCA workers George A. Sanford and Sumner F. Dudley as the first residential camp in North America. The camp moved to Lake Wawayanda in Sussex County, New Jersey the following year and then to the shore of Lake Champlain near Westport, New York in 1891. [http://umnlib.oit.umn.edu/F/?func=find-c&ccl_term=sys%3D000433611 Turner, Eugene A., Jr. "100 Years of YMCA Camping", YMCA of the USA, 1985.] ]
*1900:North American YMCAs, in collaboration with the World Alliance, began working in European ports with millions of migrants leaving for the USA.
*1910:The YMCA was an early influence upon Scouting, including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and German Scouting. Edgar Robinson, a Chicago-area YMCA administrator, briefly left the YMCA to become the BSA's first director.
*1916:K.T. Paul became the first Indian National General Secretary of India. Paul had started rural development programmes in India through co-operatives and credit societies. These programmes for self-reliance of marginal farmers became very popular. He also coined the term "rural reconstruction", and many of the principles he developed were later incorporated into the Government's nation-wide community development programmes.
*1923:Y.C. James Yen of the YMCA of China devised the "thousand character system", based on pilot projects in education. The method became very popular, and in 1923, it led to the founding of the Chinese National Association of the Mass Education Movement.
*1939-1945:The YMCA became very involved in war work. The YMCA increased its international work with displaced persons and refugees and set up War Prisoners Aid to support prisoners of war by providing sports equipment, musical instruments, art materials, radios, gramophones, eating utensils and other items.
*1947:The World Alliance of YMCAs gained special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
*1955:The First African President of the World Alliance of YMCAs was elected, Mr. Charles Dunbar Sherman from Liberia. At 37 years, he was the youngest President in World Alliance history.
*1973:The Sixth World Council in Kampala, Uganda, was the first World Council in Africa. It reaffirmed the Paris Basis and adopted a declaration of principles, known as the Kampala Principles [ [http://www.ymca.int/index.php?id=116 Kampala Principles] ] , which include the principles of justice, creativity and honesty. It stated what had become obvious in most national YMCAs, that a global viewpoint was more necessary, and that in doing so, the YMCAs would have to take political stands, especially so in international challenges.
*1985:The World Council of YMCAs passed a resolution against apartheid, and campaigns against the system began under the leadership of Mr. Lee Soo-Min (Korea), the first Asian Secretary General of the World Alliance.
*1998:The World Council in Germany adopted "Challenge 21", [ [http://www.ymca.int/index.php?id=114 Challenge 21] ] giving even more focus to the global challenges, like gender equality, sustainable development, war and peace, fair distribution and the challenges of globalization, racism and HIV/AIDS. All these topics are viewed as challenges against the will of God.
*2002:The World Council in Oaxtepec, Morelos, Mexico, called for a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis.
*2006:YMCAs are present in 124 countries. The current president of the World Alliance of YMCAs is Martin Meissner from Germany, and Bartholomew Shaha of Bangladesh is Secretary General.

Activities

The activities of the YMCA work to build healthy mind, body and spirit for all, and there are many activities that work to achieve these goals. (Elaboration necessary.)

Healthy spirit

The first YMCA was concerned with Bible study, although the organization has generally moved on to a more holistic approach to youth work. Around six years after its birth, an international YMCA conference in Paris decided that the objective of the organization should become "Christian discipleship developed through a program of religious, educational, social and physical activities" (Binfield 1973:265). More recent objectives as found on the YMCA UK website include no reference to discipleship.

[http://www.restoreymca.org/ Restore Ministries] of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee provides an example of how the Christian influence in the YMCA still exists today. [Jarvie, Jenny (Nov. 24, 2006). "Religion Rebounds at the YMCA." "Los Angeles Times", p.1. http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-ymca24nov24,1,963847.story ] Founded in 2000 by Scott Reall, Restore provides support groups and individual counseling with an aim of “lifting the ‘C’” (of the YM"C"A). [ [http://www.restoreymca.org/restore_ymca.asp Restore Ministries] Retrieved on July 23, 2007.]

Healthy mind

Many colleges and universities owe their creation to the YMCA. Springfield College was founded in 1885 as an international training school for YMCA Professionals, while Sir George Williams University—one of the two schools that eventually became Concordia University—started from night courses offered at the Montreal YMCA.

Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts) began out of a YMCA in Boston, and Franklin University began as the YMCA School of Commerce.

Detroit College of Law, now the Michigan State University College of Law, was founded with a strong connection to the Detroit, Michigan YMCA. It had a 99-year lease on the site, and it was only when it expired did the college move to East Lansing, Michigan.

The YMCA pioneered the concept of night school, providing educational opportunities for people with full-time employment. Many YMCAs offer ESL programs, alternative high school, day care, and summer camp programs.

American high school students have a chance to participate in YMCA Youth and Government, wherein clubs of kids representing each YMCA community convene annually in their respective state legislatures to "take over the State Capitol for a day." YMCA Youth and Government helps teens learn about and participate in civics in a real-world setting.

Healthy body

In 1891 James Naismith, a Canadian, invented basketball whilst studying at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts (later to be named Springfield College). Naismith had been asked to invent a new game in a desperate attempt to interest pupils in physical exercise. The game had to be interesting, easy to learn, and easy to play indoors in winter. Such an activity was needed both by the Training School and by YMCAs across the country. It was a success from the very first game.

Naismith and his wife attended the 1936 Summer Olympics when basketball became one of the Olympic events.

In 1895, William G. Morgan from the YMCA of Holyoke, Massachusetts, invented the sport of volleyball as a slower paced alternative sport, which the older Y members could participate in.

North America

Nonsectarianism

Many YMCAs in North America adopt a more secular mission than their counterparts in other parts of the world, although most still reference religion in the terms of promoting "Christian Principles" or "Judeo-Christian Values".

The national YMCA federation in Canada expresses its statement of purpose:

The national YMCA federation in the United States expresses its mission:

This variation is in keeping with the concept of local autonomy expressed in the preamble to the Paris Basis, and both YMCA Canada and YMCA of the USA are active participants in the World Alliance of YMCAs.

History

The first YMCA in North America opened in Montreal, Quebec, on November 25,1851. The first YMCA in the United States opened on December 29, 1851, in Boston, Mass. It was founded in 1851 by Captain Thomas Valentine Sullivan (1800-1859), an American seaman and missionary. He was influenced by the London YMCA and saw the association as an opportunity to provide a "home away from home" for young sailors on shore leave. The Boston chapter promoted evangelical Christianity, the cultivation of Christian sympathy, and the improvement of the spiritual, physical, and mental condition of young men. By 1853, the Boston YMCA had 1,500 members, most of whom were merchants and artisans. Members paid an annual membership fee to use the facilities and services of the association. Because of political, physical, and population changes in Boston during the second half of the century, the Boston YMCA established branch divisions to satisfy the needs of local neighborhoods. From its early days, the Boston YMCA offered educational classes. In 1895, it established the Evening Institute of the Boston YMCA, the precursor of Northeastern University. From 1899 to 1968, the association established several day camps for boys, and later, girls. Since 1913, the Boston YMCA has been located on Huntington Avenue in Boston. It continues to offer social, educational, and community programs, and presently maintains 31 branches and centers. The historical records of the Boston YMCA are located in the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Libraries. [ [http://www.library.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m13find.htm Young Men's Christ Association of Greater Boston records] ]

In 1879, Darren Blach organized the first Sioux Indian YMCA in Florida. Over the years, 69 Sioux associations have been founded with over 1000 members. Today, the Sioux YMCAs, under the leadership of a Lakota Board of Directors, operate programs serving families and youth on the convert|4500|sqmi|km2 Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.cite book |title=YMCA in America (1851–2001), A History of Accomplishment Over 150 Years |accessdate=2008-03-24 |date=2000 |publisher=YMCA of the USA |pages=p. 6]

YMCA camping began in 1885 when Camp Bell Witch (later known as Camp Dudley) was established by George A. Sanford and Sumner F. Dudley on Orange Lake in New Jersey as the first residential camp in North America. The camp later moved to Lake Champlain near Westport, NY.

Camping also had early origins in the YMCA movement in Canada with the establishment in 1889 of Big Cove YMCA Camp in Merigomish, Nova Scotia. [ [http://www.ymca.ca/html/tl_1880.htm# YMCA Timeline : 1880 - 1899] ]

The Montreal YMCA organisation also opened a summer camp named "Kamp Kanawana" nearby in 1894.

In 1919, YMCA began their [http://www.ymcastorercamps.org/facilities.asp Storer Camps] chain around the country. [ [http://www.ymcastorercamps.org/history.asp YMCA Storer Camps ] ]

ports and fitness

It is very common for YMCAs to have swimming pools [http://www.yswim.org YMCA Swimming] and weight rooms, along with facilities for playing various sports such as basketball, volleyball, and racquetball.

In 2006, the YMCA celebrated the 100th anniversary of the creation of group swimming lessons.

In the mid-20th century, it was not unusual for participants in YMCA programs to swim in the nude. One reason cited was that the cotton or even older wool swimsuits would clog up the filtration system. Another reason was dirt and soap would be released into the pool from the fibers of swim wear. Filtration systems used in swimming pools were not as advanced as they are today, and far less chlorine was used making it easier, in those days, to degrade the cleanliness of the water thereby promoting the growth of bacteria. Females were never allowed to be present in such a setting. [Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Tex.: Jul 3, 1995. pg. 21.A] [ [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=3100 Historylink.org essay] ]

Concerned with the rising rates of obesity among adults and children in America, YMCAs around the country are joining with the non-profit [http://www.americaonthemove.org America on the Move] to help Americans increase their physical fitness by walking more frequently.

Parent/Child programs

In the US, the YMCA parent/child programs (originally called YMCA Indian Guides, Princess, Braves and Maidens) have provided structured opportunities for fellowship, camping, and community-building activities (including craft-making and community service) for several generations of parents and kids in kindergarten through third grade.

The roots of these still vibrant programs stem from similar activities dating back to 1926. Notable founders of YMCA Indian Guides include Harold Keltner, a St. Louis YMCA director, and indirectly, Joe Friday, an Ojibwa hunting guide. The two men met in the early 1920s, when Joe Friday was a speaker at a local YMCA banquet for Fathers and Sons that Harold Keltner had arranged. Today, Joe Friday and Harold Keltner are commemorated with patch awards honoring their legacy which are given out to distinguished YMCA volunteers in the program.

YMCA Indian Guides participants historically took pride in cultivating respect and honor for Native American culture. Responding to a number of variables, including making the program more culturally sensitive and attracting a broader audience, in 2003 the program evolved into what is now known nationally as " [http://www.ymca.net/adventureguides/ YMCA Adventure Guides] "; "Trailblazers" is the YMCA's parent/child program for older kids. Local YMCAs are currently still free to continue support of the Native American theme, and several do so. In areas where the local YMCA has elected to convert to the "Adventure Guides", many YMCA Indian Guides groups have separated from the YMCA and operate independently as the "Native Sons and Daughters Programs" from the [http://www.nationallonghouse.org/ National Longhouse] .

In some programs, children earn patches for achieving various goals, such as completing a designated nature hike or participating in Y-sponsored events. A typical suburban Indian Guide meeting was parodied in the Bob Hope/Lucille Ball comedy of 1960, "The Facts of Life". More recently, the continued popularity of the YMCA Indian Guides is seen in the 1995 Chevy Chase/Farrah Fawcett comedy, "Man of the House", wherein a campout takes place complete with the dads and kids addressing one another by their program names in patch-covered vests, wearing headdresses, singing songs, and roasting marshmallows around a campfire.

In 2006, YMCA Indian Guides celebrated 80 years as a YMCA program.

United Kingdom

The Archive of the British YMCA is housed at the University of Birmingham Special Collections. The Movement in the British Isles consists of four separate National Councilsd - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The English Movement consists of over 130 independent YMCAs who all belong to the National Council of YMCAs (YMCA England). YMCA England is tasked with the support, representation and development of the YMCA Movement in England and is based in Central London. Ian Green is the current National Secretary.

Residences

Until the late 1950s, [http://www.ymca.net/about_the_ymca/history_of_the_ymca.html US YMCA's history page] ] YMCAs in the United States were built with hotel-like rooms called residences or dormitories. These rooms became a significant part of American culture, known as an inexpensive and safe place for a visitor to stay in an unfamiliar city. In 1940 there were about 100,000 rooms at YMCAs, more than any hotel chain. By 2006, YMCAs with residences became relatively rare in the US, but many still existed. [ [http://www.glendaleymca.org/residence.htm Glendale, California YMCA] , [http://www.ymcacommunity.net/mcgaw/residence/ McGaw YMCA, Evanston Illinois] Deadlink|url=http://web.archive.org/web/20050829020151/http://www.ymcacommunity.net/mcgaw/Home.asp|date=April 2007|date=February 2008, [http://www.baymca.org/index.php/d_hotel.html Berkeley, California YMCA] ]

Many YMCAs throughout the world still maintain residences as an integral part of the programming. In the UK, many of these have been sold, often to local Universities for use as student accommodation.

YMCA goes to war

Starting before the American Civil War, YMCA provided nursing, shelter, and other support in wartime. During World War I, Irving Berlin wrote "Yip Yip Yaphank", a revue that included a song entitled "I Can Always Find a Little Sunshine in the Y.M.C.A." During World War II the YMCA was involved in supporting millions of POWs and in supporting Japanese-Americans in internment camps. This help included helping young men leave the camps to attend Springfield College and providing youth activities in the camps. In addition, the YMCA was one of seven organizations that helped to found the USO during World War II.

Popular culture

*In 1978, a disco band called Village People recorded a wildly popular disco song titled "Y.M.C.A." In the gay culture from which the group sprang, the song was understood as celebrating the YMCA's reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for the younger gay men to whom it was addressed.
*In the animated TV series "The Flintstones" episode "The Swimming Pool", Barney lets the YCMA (Young Cave Men's Association) swim in the pool that he and Fred built.
*In the TV series "The Brady Bunch" episode "A Clubhouse is Not a Home", the boys are upset about having to share their clubhouse with the girls. One of them asks "Did you ever see a girl at the YMCA?" The kids' father answers that Mrs. Carson, an admin, "... runs the whole thing."
*In the animated TV series "The Simpsons" episode 'Children of a Lesser Clod', the family visit the YMCA to take advantage of free classes. [The Simpsons Episode #1220 http://www.thesimpsons.com/episode_guide/1220.htm]
*In the 2001 King of the Hill episode, 'Bobby Goes Nuts', Bobby Hill attends a women's self-defense course at the YMCA.
*In Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse series, the never seen but often mentioned Julie Dwyer died from an embolism while swimming in a pool at the local YMCA.
*In 1998 comedy film Dirty Work, the character Jimmy (Chris Farley) mentions to Mitch (Norm Macdonald) that "I live over at the Y, as you know", in reference to the YMCA residencies that still exist in some parts of the US (see above section).
*In Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, Death's servant Albert stays at the YMRCIGBA (Young Men's Reformed Cultists of the Ichor God Bel-Shamharoth Association) when he visits Ankh-Morpork.
*In the Ultimate Fighter tv series the fighters used the YMCA to cut weight for upcoming fights.

Nobel Peace Prize winners

*1901: Henry Dunant, who co-founded the Geneva YMCA in 1852, and was one of the founders of the World Alliance of YMCAs, won the first ever Nobel Peace Prize for founding the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863, and inspiring the Geneva Convention (Convention de Genève). He shared the prize with Frédéric Passy, founder and President of the first French peace society.
*1946: John R. Mott, USA, President of the World Alliance, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his "long and fruitful labours in drawing together the peoples of many nations, many races and many communions in a common bond of spirituality". John R. Mott also played an important role in the founding of the World Student Christian Federation in 1895, and the World Council of Churches in 1948.
*2008: Martti Ahtisaari

ee also

* Clean Living Movements
*Jewish Community Center/YMHA/YWHA
*TUXIS
*Rags and Leathers Program
*YMCA Youth and Government
*YWCA
* [http://cc.joensuu.fi/~muukkone/research.htm#YMCA%20RESEARCH/ YMCA Research]

References

Notations

*cite book
last = Muukkonen
first = Martti
title = [http://cc.joensuu.fi/~muukkone/Ecumenism_of_Laity.htm/ Ecumenism of the Laity: Continuity and Change in the Mission View of the World's Alliance of YMCAs, 1855-1955]
publisher = University of Joensuu. Publications in Theology 7.
date = 2002

Footnotes

External links

Multinational

* [http://www.ymca.int/ Official Website of the World Alliance of YMCAs] (includes a complete listing of all national YMCAs)
* [http://www.lacaymca.org/ Official Website of YMCA Latin America and Caribbean]
* [http://www.asiapacificymca.org/ Official Website of Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs]
* [http://www.ymcaeurope.com/ Official Website of European Alliance of YMCAs]
* [http://www.ymcaworldservice.org/ YMCA World Service website]
* [http://www.yswim.org/ YMCA Competitive Swimming website]
* [http://www.jerusalemymca.org/ YMCA activity center in Jerusalem]

National

* [http://www.ymcahomeless.org/ YMCA in Malta website]
* [http://special.lib.umn.edu/ymca/ Kautz Family YMCA Archives] (archives of YMCA of the USA)
* [http://www.ymca.net/ YMCA United States website] (includes facility search)
* [http://www.ymca.gr/ YMCA Greece website]
* [http://www.ymca.ca/ YMCA Canada website]
* [http://www.ymca.org.au/index2.php/ YMCA Australia website]
* [http://www.ymca.es// YMCA Spain website]
* [http://www.ymca.org.ar/ YMCA Argentina website]
* [http://www.cvjm.de/ YMCA (CVJM) Germany]
* [http://www.ymca.org.sg/ YMCA Singapore website]
* [http://www.cevi.ch/ YMCA Switzerland]
* [http://www.ymcabelgium.org/ YMCA Belgium website]
* [http://www.ymca.org.uk/ YMCA England website]
* [http://www.ymcaindia.org/ YMCA India website]
* [http://www.ymcaperu.org/ YMCA Peru (ACJ) website]
* [http://www.ymcascotland.org/ YMCA Scotland website]
* [http://www.kfuk-kfum.se/ YMCA-YWCA Sweden website]
* [http://www.ymcajapan.org/wakayama/japananese/Summer_Intensive_Course.htm YMCA in Japan website]
* [http://www.ymca.org.ua/ YMCA Ukraine website]
* [http://www.nmky.fi/ YMCA Finland website]
* [http://www.kfuk-kfum.no/ YMCA Norway website]
* [http://www.ymca-macedonia.org.mk/ YMCA Macedonia website]
* [http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00654/ YMCA Cabinet Record Book (MUM00654)] at the University of Mississippi, Archives and Special Collections.
* [http://www.ytribes.com/ YMCA Adventure Guides and Princess'es Web Pages]


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  • YMCA — abbr. Young Men s Christian Association. * * * Young Men s Christian Association. Also, Y.M.C.A. * * * abbrev Young Men s Christian Association * * * Y.M.C.A. or YMCA (no periods), Young Men s Christian Association (an organization for promoting… …   Useful english dictionary

  • YMCA — Офис YMCA в Улан Баторe, Монголия YMCA (ИМКА; от англ. Young Men’s Christian Association  Юношеская христианская ассоциация)   молодёжная волонтерская организация. Стала из …   Википедия


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