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Facts and Stats
This publication brings together the â€œFacts and Statsâ€? on the collective impact of YMCAs in Europe.
The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) was founded by George Williams in 1844, in London, England, on June 6 , in response to unhealthy social conditions arising in the big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution. The objective was the "improvement of the spiritual condition of the young men engaged in houses of business, by the formation of Bible classes, family and social prayer meetings, mutual improvement societies, or any other spiritual agency.” Together with the other founding members, George Williams wasted no time in organising local YMCAs throughout England, Scotland and Ireland. Over the next ten years, YMCA Movements also began to develop across Western Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. The European Alliance of YMCAs (YMCA Europe) is relatively recent. It was created by several national YMCAs in 1973 with the purpose of setting a collective direction of the European movement and strengthening the work of the YMCA across the continent. Soon the initiative was followed by other national movements and an oﬃcial structure of volunteers and staﬀ was created. The ﬁrst seat was established in Kassel, Germany in the mid 70´s. Later it was moved to St. Gallen, Switzerland and ﬁnally to Prague in the Czech Republic. In 2016 a representation oﬃce was opened in Brussels, Belgium in order to strengthen the voice and proﬁle of YMCA Europe among the key European institutions and other civil society organizations. The main governance body is our General Assembly, meeting each year in a diﬀerent European country. An Executive Committee formed by volunteers is elected among the membership of YMCA Europe and a decentralized staﬀ team operates and delivers the Strategic Plan and priorities adopted by the member YMCAs. More at www.ymcaeurope.com
OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
2016 - 2020
° CREATING SPACES ° MOVEMENT STRENGTHENING ° REPRESENTATION & ADVOCACY
OUR SOCIALLY RELEVANT PRIORITIES ° YOUTH EMPOWERMENT ° PEACE & JUSTICE ° REFUGEES, MIGRANTS & ASYLUM SEEKERS ° YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
This document brings together Facts and Stats on the collective impact of YMCAs in Europe in 2017.
(NOT FULL MEMBERS)
This document is based on data provided by 36 National YMCAs in 2017
YMCA VOLUNTEERS 95.499 YMCA STAFF 20.201 YMCA CAMP SITES
IN 27 COUNTRIES
IN 17 COUNTRIES
YMCA PROJECTS per annum
Inspired by our Christian ecumenical mission, we oﬀer administrative support, representation, facilitate networking and programme sharing, organize training events and, in accordance with our Strategic Plan “Towards 2020”, serve to enhance and positively inﬂuence lives of young people.
YMCA Europe cooperates with diﬀerent public and private European institutions beneﬁting from grants attached to projects developed in diﬀerent countries. Young people are involved either as beneﬁciaries or as leaders at diﬀerent initiatives. Representatives of our member YMCAs meet at the annual General Assembly and set the main goals for each term. A democratically elected President and Executive Committee together with the Secretary General and the Staﬀ, work on the implementation of the Strategy with a special focus on Movement Strengthening.
2.008.568 14 - 30 YEARS OLD
>13 YEARS OLD
PROGRAMMES PARTICIPANT PROFILE >13 YEARS OLD
14-25 YEARS OLD
26-30 YEARS OLD
<30 YEARS OLD
FEMALE 54.56% MALE 45.42%
EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE (EVS) EVS ACCREDITATION IN
EVS VOLUNTEERS IN 2017: 209
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YMCA Europe`s headquarter (European Alliance of YMCAs) Na Porici 12 CZ-110 00 Prague 1 Czech Republic Phone: +420 224 872 022
Oﬃce in Brussels Rue de L´Industrie, 10 1000 Bruxelles Belgium