Year: 2020

Friday, 27 March 2020
Outside School Hours Care services facing collapse from COVID-19
The Y joins a coalition of Australia’s major Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) service providers warning that large parts of the sector face the threat of collapse without an urgent change to the Federal Government’s Child Care Subsidy, also threatening the capacity of Australia’s essential workforces, as school attendances plummet in response to ambiguous and inconsistent Government policy on schools. Read More

Friday, 27 March 2020
Keeping Children and Young People Safe during the Coronavirus Lockdown
We believe in the power of inspired young people, and children and young people tell us that they can only be inspired if they feel safe and are safe. Many children and young people will now be at home more regularly and this can place increased stress and anxiety on ourselves and our loved ones. During this difficult time, it is essential we continue to put the safety and welfare of all children and young people first, whilst acknowledging that this is a particularly difficult time for us as adults as well.  Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020
Recreation services have shut down temporarily
For the health and safety of our staff and the whole community in line with the latest Australian Government advice, all YMCA recreation services right across Australia including gyms, swimming lessons and gymnastics programs have shut down temporarily as of midday today (Monday 23rd March) until further notice. Read More

Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 update
Along with the rest of the world, we at the Y in Australia and around the globe, are grappling with the unprecedented challenges created by the global pandemic of Coranvirus COVID-19. We know this is not an easy time for anyone. The safety and wellbeing of our people and communities is of utmost importance and as the situation and response to COVID-19 evolves, so do we. Read More

Wednesday, 11 March 2020
An equal world is an enabled world
“An equal world is an enabled world” - how can we all help forge a gender equal world? As we celebrate the achievement of women, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality (key themes for the 2020 International Women’s Day), let’s all consider what we can do to ensure we have a gender equal mindset and what we can personally commit to action. Read More

Thursday, 5 March 2020
It’s time to share your voice on climate change
Young people, youth workers and leaders across the YMCA are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change. The World YMCA has started a wide-ranging Global Climate Consultation, where you can have your say. Your contribution will help shape the World YMCA's position paper on climate change - just one of the first steps taken in this direction. Read More

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Troy and Terry Million Moments
What does it take to come back from the brink? Terry ‘The Miracle Man’ Mitropoulos believes it takes more than any individual – it takes the power of two. Over the last decade, Terry has battled a brain tumour, ‘super bug’, paraplegia, blindness and deafness. His miraculous story of courage and survival has made him a local hero in the Banyule region of Victoria, becoming Victorian Father of the Year in 2016, nominated by one of his sons through his local Y in Eltham. Read More

Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Two Ys become one for Canberra & Queanbeyan
The Boards of YMCA Queanbeyan and YMCA Canberra are delighted to announce they are joining forces to become one local Y to further strengthen the Y’s ability to respond to growing community needs for children’s activities and support for families in Queanbeyan and the ACT. This merger will be the most recent in a series of mergers that has taken place to strengthen the Y Movement in Australia in recent years.  Read More

Tuesday, 11 February 2020
The Y shares concern for children and young people
On Monday (Feb 10) in Sydney, the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, launched her final National Children’s Rights Report. It’s sobering reading, and a reminder to all that children and young people are among our most vulnerable. The report makes clear that the mental health of Australian children is not being cared for sufficiently and that Governments must do more to ensure children’s wellbeing.  Read More

Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Inspired young person speaks out about youth mental health
The Y's very own Hamani Tanginoa discusses youth mental health last night on The Drum, ABC’s national current affairs program. Read More

Tuesday, 28 January 2020
We have a huge opportunity to change some of the stats re. youth mental health and suicide
The Y has an enormous footprint across Australia, and daily interactions with thousands of young people. Our frontline staff see, hear and deal with young people on a daily basis in before and after school hour care programs, gyms, pools, sports activities, youth services and schools. Our people are ideally placed to have life-saving and changing interactions with young people in their communities. Read More

Wednesday, 22 January 2020
YMCA's priorities in Australian Bushfires
Safety and offering safe spaces has been the focus of the Y during this bushfire emergency response period - with Y sites in bushfire affected areas across Vic, NSW, ACT and SA. The wellbeing of staff and communities by evacuation and temporarily closing centres in danger has been our absolute priority. We have also been able to offer safe spaces and accommodation for people around our fire-affected communities, utilising a number of our sites as emergency centres. Read More

Wednesday, 8 January 2020
National Safeguarding Unit Statement on the Australian Bushfires and the Impact on Children and Young People
At the Y, we are committed to safeguarding all children and young people and this extends beyond our Y Centres and into our communities. We know that the current Australian Bushfire crisis is having an impact on all Australians, however, we also know that such disasters can have a significant impact on the emotional wellbeing of children and young people.  Read More

Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Are you okay?
In many different ways we acknowledge we are all effected by the bushfire crisis. As we all deal with feelings of sorrow, heartbreak, frustration, love, anger, rage and deep deep sadness. I read in the Guardian yesterday “The pain and terror of these bushfires cannot be held in a single human heart.”  Read More

Year: 2019

Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Bringing our Brand to Life
At our 2019 AGM, the Movement decided to rebrand YMCA to 'The Y', and Y Services was ready to bring the brand to life, with a selection of our new merchandise range that we gifted each AGM attendee with.  Read More

Thursday, 28 November 2019
Life Governors Appointed - Peter Malone & Alan Morton
Chris Lewis, President, proudly announced that it was his great honor to award life governorship to Peter Malone and Alan Morton at the 102nd YMCA AGM held on Saturday 23rd November 2019. Read More

Tuesday, 26 November 2019
YMCA Australia Award Winners 2019
We are delighted to announce all of our YMCA Australia Award Winners for 2019. Read More

Friday, 1 November 2019
A Million Moments at the Y - Mitchell's story
Mitchell Collins sometimes finds it hard to have his voice heard. But at The Y, Mitchell has always felt empowered to speak and be heard. Mitchell developed a love of woodworking through countless afternoons spent in his Grandfather’s garage working on projects together. After his passing, Mitchell was inspired to start a new program called ‘Men’s Shed’ to share his knowledge and passion with other members of The Y’s disability support programs. Read More

Friday, 1 November 2019
A Million Moments at the Y - Chrissie's story
Creating and empowering inspired young people is at the core of the Y’s mission here in Australia, and thankfully, it’s a mission that’s shared by thousands of individuals across the Y. Chrissie Erickson is one of many who have made the Y’s mission their own, and changed countless lives as a result. Read More

Friday, 1 November 2019
A Million Moments at the Y - Steph's story
Steph Ferguson has been connected to The Y since she was just 5 years old, back when her mother worked there. Steph’s achievements are impressive, but her philosophy is simple – put yourself out there and take risks. Read More

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