HELLO, WE ARE YMCA.

YMCA is a global non-profit organization founded in 1844 in which more than 700,000 volunteers and 96,000 professionals join wills to serve more than 58 million people in 119 countries and 11,000 communities.

 

The YMCA Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean promotes the integral development of the human being in spirit, mind and body through an extensive network of community centers, lodges, camps, hotels and sports and recreational facilities that focus on the construction of a best society in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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We believe in a world with fairer and more equitable communities built from young people

OUR MISSION

AND HISTORY

YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association. They have been maintained since its foundation in London in 1844.

 

It was founded by George Williams with a group of young people to recover, in times of the English industrial revolution, the importance of maintaining a balance between the three essential aspects of the human being: body, mind and spirit.

 

Based on principles of Christian inspiration, it currently has a marked ecumenical character, being open to people of all faiths and beliefs.

IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

The Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCA (LACA-YMCA for its acronym in English) is the organization constituted in 2003 that represents in this continent the World Alliance of YMCA based in Geneva, Switzerland, present in more than 119 countries, serving 58 million people to promote transformation in their lives and societies, with special emphasis on youth empowerment.

 

We use the name YMCA Latin America and the Caribbean to facilitate our denomination and international communication.

 

More than a million and a half people are beneficiaries of our programs and services in a hundred locations located in various cities throughout our 24 member countries.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL SPORTS

YMCA is responsible for the invention of basketball at the Springfield YMCA (1891) by James Naismith.

 

Volleyball (1895) was also created at the facilities of the YMCA of Holyoke (both in Massachusets, USA) by William Morgan.

 

And finally, Indoor Soccer was invented at the YMCA of Montevideo, Uruguay (1930) by Juan Carlos Ceriani.

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 

Henry Dunant, General Secretary of the YMCA of Geneva (Switzerland) was also founder of the International Red Cross, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.

 

John R. Mott, President of the YMCA World Alliance, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the humanitarian work of YMCA with prisoners of war during the First and Second World War.

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