The YMCA in Ireland is a voluntary organisation that works with children, young people, families and the community, with particular regard to those who are disadvantaged and disaffected. Underpinned by Christian principles, each YMCA responds to local need and seeks to share and learn from being a part of a national and international movement.The YMCA has existed in Ireland for 160 years. There are 17 local YMCAs providing services ranging from peace building to vocational training. It has particular expertise in work with families, youth justice, schools, vocational training, outdoor education and health work. All its work is based on the principles of effective non formal education. Approximately 26,000 young people use its services every year.The Irish YMCA works on both sides of the border and shares learning and kinship across the cultural divide. The links below will allow you to look at local websites and individual work areas.
The YMCA movement believe in supporting young people to achieve their potential and their goals. Young people should be given the opportunity to participate actively in their community and in decisions that impact on their community.
YMCA believes in creating learning situations for young people where they can develop fully physically, socially and spiritually.
The key themes supported throughout the YMCA family are;
- Health and well being
- International engagement
- Peace building and inter-culturalism
- Christian value base
- Personal development
- Justice and citizenship
- Family Support