Year: 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018
The right leadership makes the biggest difference
"The right leadership makes the biggest difference," says new YMCA Australia Board member Richard Nedov, reflecting on the most effective organisational reforms he has been part of in a 30 year career leading large operational organisations across multidisciplinary industries.  Read More

Year: 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017
YMCA acknowledges end of Royal Commission with call for further commitment to child safety
Today marks the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – one of Australia’s longest running and most pivotal and expansive public inquiries. Read More

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
A personal look at our President
YMCA Australia is privileged to have Chris Lewis as our President, we interviewed him recently, and found out some very interesting facts... he was working on Wall Street, when the October 1987 market crash happened, he was Global Lead Partner for the NAB Bank, before 40, and Global Head of Risk for the NAB, with several thousand people around the world working for him. Read More

Monday, 27 November 2017
Young Australian of the Year wants to inspire young people
Young Australian of the Year – fashion designer Paul Vasileff, who hails from Adelaide where the YMCA in Australia was first founded, was special guest speaker at our 100th AGM last Saturday, November 25. Paul wants to inspire all young Australians about the pursuit of big dreams - and proves that global success can be achieved from anywhere. Read More

Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Our success will come from continuing to face into change
There is a wonderful collective spirit and desire to make the Y better. That’s a fact. There’s a clear collective belief in the power of inspired young people. Read More

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Australia says yes!
Today is a significant day for equality in Australia, with news that 61.6 percent of Australians voted “Yes” in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Read More

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Big Love Light
The Australian Childhood Foundation's (ACF) Twilight Walk, is on at 4.30pm, Saturday October 28, from Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. The Big Love Light is a way for us to come together as a community, connected by our love and care for children, with a 3.5km walk along the Yarra River. YMCA is a proud partner of ACF. See www.biglovelight.org.au.  Read More

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Important message for all YMCA employees and volunteers across Australia
The CEOs of the YMCAs of Australia stand united behind young people and ensuring their voices are heard on all matters of importance to them, including marriage equality reform, no matter what their view. Read More

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Important message for all YMCA employees and volunteers across Australia
The CEOs of the YMCAs of Australia stand united behind young people and ensuring their voices are heard on all matters of importance to them, including marriage equality reform, no matter what their view. Read More

Tuesday, 12 September 2017
YMCA Global Study Tour launched
Our belief in the power of inspired young people was tangibly demonstrated by the story of the development of a new business for the YMCA, which launched in early September - for young people, created by a young person. Read More

Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Vote for YMCA WhyNot campaign now!
YMCA is delighted to have been nominated for the Australian LGBTI Awards for our WhyNot Campaign in the Marketing and Brand Category. Read More

Thursday, 10 August 2017
Plebiscite Potentially Damaging to Young People and Missing their Voice says YMCA Australia
The YMCA says a plebiscite to determine the fate of marriage equality in Australia could damage young people’s mental health, as well as exclude their voice if they are not enrolled to vote within the next two weeks. Read More

Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Careers more like jungle gyms than ladders for Australia’s young
Young people’s careers will be more like jungle-gyms than ladders, and we are not preparing young people for the increasingly casualised and insecure ‘gig economy’ they are entering. Today’s average 15 year old is expected to have 17 different jobs across five different industries in their lifetime. Read More

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
YMCA Change Agents go to Japan
34 YMCA Change Agents from the APAY region (Asia Pacific Alliance YMCA’s) came together for the first regional training in Tonsanzo, Japan. This included change agents from several developing countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka as well as more developed countries of Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore NZ and Aus.Georgie Nicol, one of the Australian Change Agents shares her experience.  Read More

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
History making Youth Parliament 2017
It’s time to have inspired young people’s voices heard on issues that matter to them – yes it’s youth parliament time! This year YMCA Victoria made history with the first year of a deaf team participating in Youth Parliament in Australia - speaking up on issues of accessibility on public transport for deaf people.  Read More

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
YMCA Australia and Boy George Call for Young Voices to be Heard
In a ground-breaking musical moment 40 years in the making, YMCA Australia has today reclaimed the Village People’s global hit of the same name, partnering with Boy George to re-create the iconic tune. Through the re-interpretation of the iconic song, the YMCA aims to shine a light on the issues that Australia’s youth are facing today. The song aims to provide a message of hope to young people across Australia, and ultimately, aims to encourage young people to speak up and have their voices heard. Read More

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
YMCA Australian Change Agents for 2017-2018 Announced
YMCA Australia is proud to announce the Australian Change Agents for the 2017-2018 period. The Global Change Agent program is co-ordinated by the World YMCA, and will engage 300 young leaders in training opportunities (on line and face-to-face), projects and initiatives on local and global level and will provide a mentorship service for continuous support.?  Read More

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
YMCA Space Camp!
The YMCA Space Camp Powered by WorldStrides is an action-packed experience for year 7-9 students, held at YMCA Bush Capital Lodge Canberra, in Sept-Oct 2017.  Read More

Tuesday, 9 May 2017
World Challenge 2017 is coming!
This year's World Challenge theme is "Empowering young people through basketball” in recognition of the YMCA's 125th Anniversary of the invention of basketball.  Read More

Wednesday, 19 April 2017
New initiative - YMCA Youth Parliament & deaf young people
YMCA Victoria and Deaf Children Australia (DCA) have announced a new partnership to progress their shared goal to empower young people to take active roles in their communities. This initiative will see Deaf Children Australia’s involvement in the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament for the first time. Read More

Monday, 3 April 2017
YMCA World Challenge
Every year, YMCAs around the world participate in an annual event called YMCA's World Challenge.  Read More

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Girls Make Your Move - Free Gym Membership for girls aged 12-19
Nine out of ten teenage girls don’t move enough – the YMCA and ‘Girls Make Your Move’ join forces to reverse this trend YMCA will offer free access to their fitness centres and programs as part of the Federal Government’s ‘Girls Make Your Move’ campaign from this month  Read More

Monday, 27 March 2017
YMCAs "taken over" by young people!
Friday, March 31, is the start of National Youth Week, and YMCAs across Australia are being "taken over" by young people as their CEOs for a Day. Read More

Friday, 3 March 2017
2017 YMCA Swimathon Splashes Out This Sunday
Thousands of Australians are preparing to splash out for a great cause when the 2017 YMCA Swimathon officially gets underway in 68 centres around the country this Sunday 5 March.  Read More

Monday, 27 February 2017
The importance of identity
Here is a message from YMCA's National CEO, Melinda Crole, who was in Tanzania last week for the YMCA National General Secretaries (NGS) convention.  Read More

Monday, 27 February 2017
Listening to young people
Message from our Youth Empowerment Coordinator, Steve Dupon, who recently travelled to the USA. Read More

Thursday, 9 February 2017
YAC - Youth Advisory Committee
Committee Launch 9 February 2017 Read More

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Free Youth Gym pilot a success!
We engaged with over 280 young people in January in this pilot initiative to provide young people with more opportunities to physically connect with the YMCA, be safe, and trial fitness programs with the Y.  Read More

Monday, 30 January 2017
YMCAs move away from unhealthy food in kiosks
YMCA Victoria, in conjunction with Deakin University and Vic Health, conducted a study on swimming centres and the impact of removing junk food (from their kiosks) on consumer behaviour and their financial bottom line.  Read More

Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Swimming and water safety lessons should be mandatory for all children
The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that the unprecedented number of drownings over this Christmas holiday period is a wake-up call to the federal government to make a national water safety education program for our children an urgent priority. Read More

Year: 2016

Wednesday, 21 December 2016
January Youth Free Gym
Hit the gym this January for FREE at participating centres. If you’re up for the challenge, we are too! January is the perfect time to hit the gym for a fun, safe and challenging program that will help you achieve your personal health and fitness goals. Read More

Thursday, 1 December 2016
2016 YMCA Australia Awards Announced
YMCA Australia is proud to announce the recipients of the YMCA Australia Awards 2016. Recipients were formally announced and awarded at the YMCA National Convention AGM at the Stamford Hotel in Glenelg, SA, on Saturday 26 November, 2016.  Read More

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
YMCA Australia announces New President
YMCA Australia announced a new President at its Annual General Meeting of the YMCAs of Australia in Adelaide on November 25. Chris Lewis, a former partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) steps into the role, having served as Treasurer for the past two years. Read More

Monday, 24 October 2016
YMCA supports Surf Life Saving's rip campaign
This summer, the YMCA is supporting Surf Life Saving Australia's vital campaign to raise awareness around the serious dangers of rip tides.  Read More

Tuesday, 13 September 2016
YMCA takes strong stand against child sexual abuse
The YMCA has a deep and abiding commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people. It is from this foundation the YMCA today announces details of its Redress Scheme, as a tangible demonstration of its sincere and deep apology to any past victims of child abuse at a YMCA in Australia.  Read More

Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Children are special and we need to protect them
Children are special and we need to protect them. We need people and organisations in which everyone, if they see something will say something and do something – go to the extremes to make sure children are safe. Read More

Monday, 8 August 2016
Rio 2016: 18 year old Kyle Chalmers wins gold at Rio!
Kyle Chalmers has won a gold medal in the men's 100m freestyle event, as well as two bronze medals in the men's 4x100m freestyle relays. Read More

Monday, 8 August 2016
Mack Horton takes out gold at Rio !
Congratulations to Australia's Olympic champion Mack Horton!  Read More