The pandemic unleashed by the spread of the Covid-19 has created uncertainty at all levels and has made social issues even more complex, impacting millions of people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. These social issues have a greater impact on the most vulnerable populations, not only by socioeconomic status, but also by gender, age, sexual identity, ethnicity, religious or spiritual beliefs, immigration status, among others.


Historically, the world has experienced unique social transformations where poverty, inequality, inequity and violence impede a dignified and sustainable human development. The pandemic and the post-pandemic exacerbate inequality and we see evidence in the daily lives of men and women, in their family dynamics, in their work, in the loss of boundaries between the public and private space and in the complexity of Public responses to current and emerging needs.


The communities where the YMCA delivers its work have been severely impacted and we express our solidarity with all the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to whom this pandemic has changed their lives and their surrounding environment. The YMCA movement in Latin America and the Caribbean undertakes this challenge to continue contributing to the social transformation that improves the quality of life of people and our communities.


Our Foundations


1. The YMCA is a grassroots international organization, founded on Christian principles, based on the expression of love in justice, solidarity, and reconciliation and it is called to promote the well-being and holistic development in spirt, mind, and body for all, within a safe and talent-thriving environment.


2. The YMCA adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights based on a critical analysis of the reality, considering power structures, and with the full conviction that a better world is possible; a world where every person exercise freedom in equality of opportunities. The YMCA’s work on Human Rights is based on its commitment to youth and the environment where young people lead the transformation to build just, equitable, and sustainable communities.


Our Commitment


The YMCA promotes the holistic development of individuals, communities, and societies based on the principles of equity, peace, justice, equal opportunities, and a sense of belonging. We reaffirm youth empowerment as our purpose so that youth lead the transformations that the world requires. As an organization committed to youth, communities, and the realities of our contexts, we are called to:


1. Work for the reduction of inequality and injustice, as well as community-based protection of people, and strengthening of families and communities.


2. Work on the ethics of care for oneself, others, and the environment as part of our commitment to universal ethics. An ethics of the highest standard, caring for oneself, for others, and for the common cause.


3. Promote the reweaving of the social fabric as a protective factor and catalyst of opportunities by contributing with work and psychosocial support in accordance with the needs and interests of community members and aligning with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a global transformational vision towards the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of the planet.


4. Develop programs and actions aimed at strengthening the emotional and mental health.


5. Create safe and open spaces for listening and conversation to honestly study the past, rebuild our memory from the grassroots, and weave our present and future from the genuine participation of all citizens.


6. Contribute to the creation  of  leadership processes  and platforms  for  the  understanding, claiming, and realizing of rights, promoting conversation, reflection, and development of public policies that hold as a premise to open spaces to empower youth and the communities where the YMCA works.


7. The YMCA should advocate to the authorities to promote educational, social, cultural, and productive projects, so that youth and their families do not fall into situations that aggravate their social and economic condition.


8. Promote greater integration among youth leaders across the region, strengthening their networks and partnerships, and encouraging collaborative work to respond to the various needs of their local communities.

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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.