Civic Engagement


February 20, 2017  |  

Youth Finally on the World’s Agenda

“This generation of young people is the first generation in modern history to be poorer than their parents.” This is how the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum began at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on January 30th, through the words of Ahmad Alhendawi, UN’s first Envoy on Youth. Over 700 delegates came from around […] Read more…

February 2, 2017  |  

Shared prosperity – Reflection on Day 2 ECOSOC Youth Forum

The overarching theme of ‘shared prosperity’ continued to dominate the second day of discussions at the ECOSOC Youth Forum. While day one focused on thematic discussions, day two began with a series of regional breakout sessions, which saw participants united by common geography come together to discuss the specific issues young people in their area […] Read more…

February 1, 2017  |  

Kick-starting ECOSOC Youth Forum at West Side YMCA

On the eve of the United Nations’ 2017 ECOSOC Global Youth Forum, representatives from YMCAs from 10 countries, as well as Springfield College and the Commission on Voluntary Service & Action, gathered at the West Side YMCA in New York City to discuss how to best advocate for our shared mission — youth empowerment. The World […] Read more…

January 31, 2017  |  

Day 1 in New York from UK young representatives!

New York City was our host for the week, we had arrived from all around the world, 24 colleagues representing, 13 countries and 5 continents. We all planned to meet at West Side YMCA, located just off of Central Park! The meeting was a chance for us all to say hello to each other, speak […] Read more…

January 31, 2017  |  

ECOSOC Youth Forum Live!

As you might probably know already – these days a unique event is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York called ECOSOC Youth Forum. It is one of the most exciting events UN organizes on the topic of youth empowerment and  sustainable development goals and YMCA plays an important role at it.    […] Read more…

December 2, 2016  |  

Mind the Gap

How do we bring young people into the democratic process in a meaningful way? On the 21st and 22nd of November the first Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law took place at the United Nations here in Geneva. It brought together, government representatives, youth delegates, young activists and representation from various […] Read more…

December 1, 2016  |  

Join us in New York and Bonn!

Dear Friends, As you may know, the World YMCA has special accreditation to interact with the UN system. This gives us the opportunity to attend and address UN meetings of several kinds. In 2017, there are at least two events that link with our 4 strategic areas of employment, health, civic engagement and the environment. […] Read more…

December 1, 2016  |  

Join us in New York and Bonn!

Dear Friends, As you may know, the World YMCA has special accreditation to interact with the UN system. This gives us the opportunity to attend and address UN meetings of several kinds. In 2017, there are at least two events that link with our 4 strategic areas of employment, health, civic engagement and the environment. […] Read more…

September 3, 2016  |  

YMCA’s London 2016 Manifesto

  YMCA has a long and lasting history with London, starting just a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s Cathedral 171 years ago. Today, it is a global movement, impacting on more than 58 million people in 119 countries. YMCA has been one of the cornerstones of civil society within the capital over this time […] Read more…