Through partnership, YMCAs in Canada work with YMCAs in lesser developed nations to help them achieve our shared goal of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. With the partnership between the Atlantic YMCAs and Honduras, there will be 34 Canadian YMCAs partnered with YMCAs in other countries. These partnerships are reciprocal relationships, in which both parties benefit.
The YMCA (or ACJ) of Honduras was established in 1990. It works in poor neighbourhoods in the capital city, Tegucigalpa, and in the rural communities of Marcala, La Paz, and Taulabe.
In a country where all too often both the rights and safety of young people are not secure, the YMCA in Honduras acts as a champion of youth. Their programs focus on youth development, gender equality, and citizenship formation. The YMCA seeks to bring about societal change in Honduras by helping young people develop social, cultural, political, and educational skills.
Programs offered by the YMCA in Honduras include: leadership development, employment projects, intervention programs, training on interpersonal relationships, group relationships, gender education, community health programs including HIV/AIDS education and prevention, recreation programs, and computer training.
Click to view the YMCA of Honduras pamphlet
Global Change Agent Update
Sara Verstege represented our association as the volunteer change agent for the recent 18th World YMCA Council held in Estes Park, Colorado June 29th-July 7th, 2014.
Sara facilitated group sessions that helped each delegate become familiar with the YMCA Change Model for Youth Empowerment and gain a sense of ownership in OUR WAY- the strategic plan for the world YMCA.
Sara’s next global change agent task is being involved in a project called One Millions Voices (OMV). The OMV project is designed to support research priorities of national YMCAs and to build a global understanding of issues of importance to the 15-24 year age group. OMV will gather the views and opinions of young people via surveys in 68 countries. You can participate in this survey in fall 2014.
For more information please visit:
The Global Stand4Youth
The Official YMCA World Challenge 2014 Video
Happy 170 years, YMCA!
Today we do not only celebrate our birthdate as an organisation. We celebrate 170 year of life changing stories resulting from our daily work of empowering young people and supporting community needs in every corner of the world. We celebrate the YMCA working towards extending God´s Kingdom.
The YMCA World Challenge is the biggest anniversary celebration we have ever organized and our way to remember this day could not be any other than expressing how we are a global movement and how together, we can achieve great things.
See and share the brand new YMCA World Challenge video.
The Playbook 2014 has officially been released
The World YMCA Playbook is our invitation to the YMCA movement to work together to empower young people through key global projects that we will focus on in 2014. The playbook provides a clear explanation of each project, and how every level of the YMCA is involved. This is our collective action plan for 2014.
Read it now by clicking here!
'Three YMCA Emergency Appeals in Three Months”
Since January 2011, the World Alliance of YMCAs, together with the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, have issued three emergency appeals for the YMCAs of Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Japan.
In times like these, we rely on our global network to provide support. YMCA Canada contributed $8,500 towards these appeals and YMCAs across [...]
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This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)