Year: 2019

Monday, 23 September 2019
It is time!
Leaders of the Y continue to seek business excellence. Ways our programs and services can best deliver to our customers and ways that will increase the financial capability of the Movement to grow and develop. Design, innovate, continually learn and most of all, understand those we serve. At the heart of understanding is inclusion.  Read More

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
YMCA backs young people ahead of Global Climate Strike
This week on Friday 20 September, thousands of Australians across over 100 locations will take part in a global strike to demand stronger action on climate change. The Y stands for empowering young people and believes in their right to be heard on issues that affect them. The science is clear, and concerned young people are mobilising to send a message to government, business and the community about the need for immediate climate action. Read More

Tuesday, 10 September 2019
A Million Moments at the Y – Matt’s story
It’s been nine years since Matt first set foot inside one of the Y’s Vocational Schools. As a teenager, Matt was quick to be labelled as ‘disengaged’. Read More

Saturday, 3 August 2019
A Million Moments – Maddie Taylor
A Million Moments was created to shine a light on the ways in which millions of different lives enrich the Y and in turn, Australia. Madeleine Taylor, Chief Risk Officer for the Y in Canberra, is one of these people. Read More

Saturday, 3 August 2019
A Million Moments – Jayden Parsons
As the Y celebrates its 175th anniversary this week in London, influential young people from all over the world will meet to discuss current issues and bold ideas at YMC175. Jayden Parsons is one of a handful of Australians who will attend on behalf of the Y in Australia. Read More

Thursday, 11 July 2019
Showcasing one of our former Youth Parliament inspired young people
Chernee Sutton, 22, is a proud Kalkadoon woman & artist from Mount Isa, Queensland who is passionate about her culture and history, and wants to share that with the rest of the world through her art. Her unique style combines two worlds of traditional aboriginal heritage with a modern contemporary twist which has caught the eyes of collectors around the world including Royalty. Chern’ee created the Aboriginal markings and story to Borobi the 2018 Commonwealth Games Mascot and was an artist in residence in the Athletes Village during the Games creating a 10metre art piece with the Athletes and Dignitaries such as His Royal Highness Charles Prince of Wales.  Read More

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Peter Malone nominated for the role of President of APAY
Y Australia has nominated Peter Malone for the role of President of Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY), with the upcoming election being held in Japan at the General Assembly this September.  Read More

Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Two Ys who care come together for Bendigo
“Two YMCAs who care” came together in an historic meeting on Monday night in Bendigo, to formalise a new pathway for the Y in the region. At the Special General Meeting, members unanimously passed three resolutions approving the wind up of the Bendigo Regional Y as a stand-alone entity, and the transfer of its assets, which include four facilities and a healthy balance sheet, to Y Victoria.  Read More

Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Introducing Carolyn Morris, Acting CEO, Y Victoria
Carolyn started working at the YMCA in 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer and in the last few months has stepped into the Acting CEO role during a period of rapid change for the organisation and movement. Read More

Wednesday, 29 May 2019
The Y welcomes the appointment of a Minister for Youth
We want to congratulate the federal government for reinstating a Minister for Youth, as announced earlier this week, with the appointment of Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck to the portfolio.  Read More

Wednesday, 15 May 2019
A Million Moments - Nelson's story
Twenty two year old Nelson Mondlane oozes energy and passion for art and music – and helping other young people express themselves through art. Read More

Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Voices of young people starting to be heard
The YMCA is pleased the voices of young Australians have been heard, with today’s Labor Party announcement of a commitment to refund a national youth peak body, the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC), and to reinstate a Federal Minister for Youth, if elected.  Read More

Wednesday, 10 April 2019
A Million Moments of Inspiration from The Y
“If we’ve got an opportunity to make someone else happy, why wouldn’t we do it?” - Andrew Lozanovski, the Y  Read More

Tuesday, 9 April 2019
United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum
“As a YMCA nothing is more important than Young People. We don’t just empower Young People, we provide space for Young People to be empowered. This is an appeal - If we are serious about Young People, we need to put our action in place – no one organization can do it alone. We need to work together to have a sustainable impact on Young People so they can prosper in the world.” - Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General World YMCA shared at the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum.  Read More

Tuesday, 9 April 2019
2019 Young CEOs for a Day
Meet our Young CEOs who will "take over" their Ys across Australia this Friday, coinciding with our Y proclaimed National Youth Month celebrations and Youth Weeks across the country. Read More

Thursday, 4 April 2019
Budgets to win the Election but not Youth Vote says YMCA
Our verdict is in. Once again, the voices of young people have been ignored by politicians.  Read More

Tuesday, 2 April 2019
April is National Youth Month says the YMCA
The YMCA in Australia (The Y) has declared April National Youth Month in an effort to raise awareness, support and empower young people to be heard by public decision-makers on issues that affect their lives.  Read More

Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Hannah on the move as young YMCA CEO
YMCA South Australia CEO Haydn Robins will hand his chair over to 21 year-old Clare Health and Fitness Team Leader, Hannah Salter, in April after she was announced as the successful 2019 YMCA Young CEO Movement applicant. Read More

Thursday, 14 March 2019
The Y stands for young people
Tomorrow (Friday 15th March) thousands of Australian students will join a global strike to demand stronger action on climate change.  Read More

Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Genuinely celebrating women - with Tal Karp, YMCA Australia Director
"What I’d like to see is a future where women playing sport are not just a point to be proven. We are not unusual. We are just being ourselves. And no one raises an eyebrow when we are tough, or courageous, or assertive on and off the sporting field. Because as a community we genuinely celebrate women for being bold and strong. Just like our brothers. And actually, just like our mums." – Tal Karp. Read More

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Gymnastics World Cup Medalist – began at the Y
22 year old Emma Nedov, daughter of YMCA Services Chair Richard Nedov, won a Silver Medal on the balance beam at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne last weekend, while Richard was in town for a Y National Board meeting. Read More

Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Secretary General Carlos Sanvee - a changing global landscape for young people
World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee shares his deep insights into the changing global landscape for young people, and how the YMCA needs to evolve too, in Melbourne, February 2019. Read More

Wednesday, 13 February 2019
2019 new collective initiatives for the Y Movement
The YMCA in Australia is excited to introduce an Office for Young People and Community Impact, start employing staff in our Centralised Child Safety Unit, get cracking on major purchases together through Y Services, and develop a new brand identity so we are better understood for what we do, and who we stand for. Read More

Thursday, 7 February 2019
Countdown to the Australian Skateboarding League National Final
The YMCA in partnership with Skate Australia and our local government partners are coming close to announce the finalist of the Australian Skateboarding League (ASL) national final. Read More

Tuesday, 5 February 2019
World YMCA leaders take a stand for young people
World YMCA leaders will take a stand for young people in Brisbane next week. Over 50 world leaders of the YMCA, the world’s largest and oldest youth organisation, will gather in Brisbane next week (11-14 Feb), in the lead up to the organisation’s 175th birthday in London, where the YMCA began, in August. Read More

Wednesday, 23 January 2019
The Power of Intergenerational leadership
As the workplace becomes host to five generations, intergenerational relationships pose new challenges for both leaders and direct reports. For the first time in history there are five generations in the workforce: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and Generation Z. We have all five generations at the Y – spanning from Life Governors (Traditionalists) to Gen Zs just entering our Centre’s workforce. Read More

Year: 2018

Wednesday, 5 December 2018
YMCA's Youth Parliament founder David Davis
We recently interviewed David Davis, current YMCA Life Governor and founder of Youth Parliament, who lives in Adelaide. “I had the pleasure of working with wonderful young people, inspiring young people, I can’t tell you how important it was to have the pleasure of working with such intelligent young people. I’m so pleased to have worked with them, and if I can say I’m leaving a bit of a legacy, Youth Parliament is it.” - David Davis. Read More

Tuesday, 4 December 2018
New Directors for YMCA Australia Board
At our 2018 National Convention AGM, we welcomed new Directors, Jonathon Rea, Kendal Moss, Jenny McCombe, Natalie Matulick and Mark Mugaioni. See their profiles below. Read More

Tuesday, 4 December 2018
YMCA Life Governor Appointed
John Bindon has been appointed as a Life Governor at the YMCA's recent 2018 AGM. Read More

Monday, 26 November 2018
Congratulations YMCA Australia Award winners!
On Saturday, 25 November, at our 2018 National Convention AGM, our YMCA Australia Award winners were announced - congratulations! Read More

Monday, 19 November 2018
YMCA Services announces new CEO
The Board of YMCA Services is delighted to announce Glyn Davies has been appointed as CEO of YMCA Services after an extensive and exhaustive internal and external recruitment process over the past few months.  Read More

Thursday, 8 November 2018
At the YMCA - we remember
This Sunday, November 11, 2018 commemorates 100 years since Armistice Day 1918. When we consider the young men under the age of 19 (250,000 of them) who fought on our behalf In WW1, it reinforces the bravery and legacy our young people have. Read More

Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Melinda Crole, CEO and Sophie MacDonald, Youth Governor NSW at Parliament today
YMCA Australia at its core, believes in the power of inspired and engaged young people in determining the future of society. To further this notion, inspiring and engaging young people within the political processes of Australia, is critical to the future of society and democracy. Read More

Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Meet Stephen Ellich, President of YMCA Victoria
We interviewed Stephen Ellich, President of YMCA Victoria recently. Stephen has been such an asset to the Y, as a major contributor and thought leader over the years on both the Y Vic and Y Australia boards. Most of Stephen's roles have involved repairing or restoring a companies’ performance, building high-performing teams, strategic planning in those businesses, positioning them for growth and enterprise-wide transformation. Read More

Monday, 22 October 2018
National Apology to Survivors - YMCA Australia's Statement
YMCA Australia's Statement National Apology to Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Read More

Tuesday, 9 October 2018
YMCA NSW launches Uplift
A new youth mental wellbeing program inspired by a young person, that provides free access to exercise sessions and new support networks was launched in Penrith on Monday, 8 October.  Read More

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Susannah Le Bron brings with her more than 18 years of senior leadership experience including strategy development, operations and customer service delivery and innovation.  Read More

Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Featuring Donna McMaster, YMCA's President of E-store
We recently interviewed Donna McMaster, YMCA's President of E-Store, on young people and being the best they can be. Read More

Monday, 13 August 2018
YMCA NSW proudly launches the Affinity Network, its LGBTI+ employee staff and advocacy group
YMCA NSW officially launched its LGBTI+ employee staff and advocacy group, the Affinity Network, in Sydney last week (Thursday 9 August).  Read More

Monday, 13 August 2018
Lowering the Voting Age - YMCA's submission
Last Friday, YMCA Australia made a submission on the Lowering the Voting Age and increasing Voter Participation Bill 2018 to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Read More