Year: 2019

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

Thursday, 2 August 2018
Young people feel politicans don't look out for them
Triple J findings confirm 93% of young people aged 18-29 feel Australia’s politicians aren’t supporting the best interests of young people, and 38% feel mental health is the most pressing issue affecting youth today.  Read More

Thursday, 2 August 2018
Train mind and body for mental fitness: WhyNot?
We love headspace’s headcoach campaign, with seven high-profile Australian athletes including Tom Boyd, Kurtley Beale and James Tedesco sharing candid experiences of their own challenges with mental health. Read More

Monday, 23 July 2018
Raising the voices of young people - Youth Parliament 2018
July is the busiest month for our YMCA Youth Parliament programs. By the end of the month, around 400 young people in Victoria, NSW, South Australia, West Australia and Tasmania will have debated and passed over 50 bills on issues young people care deeply about. Read More

Wednesday, 18 July 2018
YMCA Australia welcomes Tal Karp to the National Board.
YMCA Australia welcomes Tal Karp to the National Board. Tal is an Olympian, former Matilda, lawyer and now, a co-founder and Director of Sixfold Consulting Group. Read More

Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Is 16 old enough to vote?
YMCA Australia is preparing a submission on a draft Bill currently before the Federal Parliament that, if passed, would allow young people aged 16 and 17 years to vote in Federal elections.  Read More

Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Announcement of youngest Treasurer for the Y
We are pleased to announce that Tom Stephenson has taken on the role of Treasurer (as of July 1st) and at 28 years old, becomes the youngest National Treasurer to serve the Movement on the YMCA Australia Board. Read More

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