Year: 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018
YMCA welcomes Government response to Royal Commission
The YMCA in Australia supports the response of the Commonwealth to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Read More

Wednesday, 13 June 2018
The inaugural YMCA Youth Summit took place on Monday, 28th May, run by YMCA Victoria and YMCA Australia in partnership with VicHealth. Over 390 students, young people and others joined us at the Melbourne Arts Centre to focus on youth mental health and wellbeing.  Read More

Thursday, 31 May 2018
Today, the YMCA in Australia is pleased to announce its intention to join the National Redress Scheme.  Read More

Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Federal budget and young people
The 2018 federal budget, unveiled last night by Treasurer Scott Morrison, impacts young Australians in several key ways. Some tax relief is welcome of course, as anything that puts a bit more money in the pockets of young people entering the workforce is a positive thing, especially given the rising cost of living.  Read More

Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Showcasing YMCA Australia Director Ben Hubbard
YMCA Australia is proud to showcase Ben Hubbard, Director of YMCA Australia. Ben has a rich tapestry of experience, having worked as chief executive of the Bush Fire Reconstruction Authority, helping to restore 30 plus communities after the Black Saturday bushfires in Melbourne, as well as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, achieving social reform and the commencement of the Institutional Abuse Royal Commission. He’s also worked in a range of roles across a range of sectors - public, private, non-profit sectors, academia in Copenhagen, Canberra and Melbourne.  Read More

Monday, 7 May 2018
Alarming new data on rise of self-harm among young people
YMCA calls for a new conversation around mental health, in response to alarming new data in today's Medical Journal of Australia showing rising numbers of self-harming in young people. Read More

Thursday, 12 April 2018
Planning for the YMCA's Future in Australia
For the first time, we are creating a Strategic Framework for the entire YMCA Movement in Australia.  Read More

Tuesday, 10 April 2018
YMCA catapults young people to CEO positions for a day
Georgie Broinowski, a 24-year old from Sydney, will soon leap from being a marketing assistant for a company that delivers nutritious meals to people with disabilities, to a chief executive; at least for one day. Read More

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
YMCA statement on national redress scheme
YMCA Australia remains committed to and supports a national redress scheme as recommended by the Royal Commission. Read More

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
How much bullying is costing us
A PwC study published this week, commissioned by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, sheds light on just how much bullying is costing us – financially, that is. Read More

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Featuring Anthony Mitchell from Bendelta
We are really privileged to work alongside Anthony Mitchell at the Y. Anthony is Co-Founder and Chief Potential Officer of Bendelta, developing potential in organisations, teams and individuals, working across Australia and in 30 countries around the world.  Read More

Friday, 16 March 2018
Standing Up Against Bullying
We’re standing united against bullying today, on the 8th annual National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Read More

Friday, 9 March 2018
YMCA Statement on Commonwealth Redress
Today (Friday 9 March) the Victorian and NSW Governments have formally indicated that they will opt-in to the Commonwealth Redress Scheme. Read More

Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Leave no woman behind
When confronted with a challenge, the women I know look for the opportunity within. They see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. They push the boundaries and, when faced with adverse circumstances, they learn all they can from it. Optimism is their mindset because they see opportunity in everything. Read More

Monday, 5 March 2018
YMCA at LGBTI Awards
We may not have walked away with an award at Friday's LGBTI Awards evening but we certainly walked away very proud and determined that we will continue to listen to young people and give them a voice on issues that they care most about.  Read More

Monday, 5 March 2018
Announcement - New Secretary General, World YMCA
President of the World YMCA, Peter Posner OBE, today announced the appointment of Carlos Sanvee as the next Secretary General, commencing 1st January 2019. Carlos is currently General Secretary of the African Alliance of YMCAs (75%) and Special Advisor to the Secretary General for the World YMCA (25%). He will succeed Johan Vilhelm Eltvik as Secretary General when Johan’s 8 year term concludes at the end of 2018. Read More

Monday, 26 February 2018
Chantel Moody - inspiring and empowering others
Chantel Moody, 20, a member of the newly established Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Task Force, was involved with Queensland Youth Parliament for two years, from 2016-2017, after learning about the program through a Facebook friend.  Read More

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
The most important issues to young Australians
The UN Youth Australia has just released their 2017 Australian Representative Consultation Report, with over 50,000 young Australians, between the age of 12 and 25 (with the average age of 16) consulted. The top five issues raised in this consultation, in order were: Read More

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