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Young Men’s Christian Association


YMCA, sometimes regionally called the Y, is a worldwide organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, with more than 64 million beneficiaries from 120 national associations.[1] It was founded on 6 June 1844 by Sir George Williams in London, originally as the Young Men’s Christian Association and aims to put Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy “body, mind, and spirit”.

From its inception, it grew rapidly and ultimately became a worldwide movement founded on the principles of muscular Christianity. Local YMCAs deliver projects and services focused on youth development through a wide variety of youth activities, including providing athletic facilities, holding classes for a wide variety of skills, promoting Christianity, and humanitarian work.

YMCA globally operates on a federation model, with each independent local YMCA voluntarily affiliated with its national organization. The national organizations, in turn, are part of both an Area Alliance (Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada) and the World Alliance of YMCAs (World YMCA).

Founded 6 June 1844; 175 years ago
Founder Sir George Williams
Founded at LondonEngland
Type non-governmental organization
Headquarters GenevaSwitzerland
Region served
Patricia Pelton
Secretary General
Carlos Sanvee
Website www.ymca.int