History. On December 29, 1851, the first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA or simply the Y) is a worldwide organization with more than 57 million beneficiaries from 125 national associations. In US, about 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children of every income or background. They try to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
The first YMCA was concerned with Bible study, but six years after its birth, an international YMCA conference in Paris decided that the objective of the organization should become “Christian discipleship developed through a program of religious, educational, social and physical activities.”
Currently, the International Coalition of the YMCA Universities brings together universities from all over the world.
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The Archives of the YMCA of the United States are located at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, a unit of the University of Minnesota Libraries Department of Archives and Special Collections.
On December 29, 2014, Yareah magazine wants to honor YMCA great work!
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you. Happy New Year 2015.
Video: YMCA by Village People.