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A better world, with and for young people.

November 29, 2022 The Y in Australia

A better world, with and for young people.
That’s our bold new Vision for the Y in Australia, endorsed unanimously today by our member Ys across Australia at our National AGM.

Y Australia’s Strategy 2030 is our blueprint for how we will work together, collectively, over the next 7 years, across the 650+ communities in Australia in which the Y operates, and beyond.

Building our strategy

For the first time in World YMCA history, in the face of the world’s most pressing challenges, the Y stands as one global movement – across 120 member countries and 12,000 communities – with one global mission and four global pillars of impact. 

Drawing from global Vision 2030, the Y in Australia has an unprecedented opportunity – to align the global reach of the YMCA, with our national scale and local expertise.

– Community wellbeing
– Meaningful work
– Sustainable planet
– Just world

Community wellbeing
The Y is committed to providing high-quality, relevant, and sustainable health and wellbeing solutions to young people and communities, contributing to a measurable increase in the wellbeing of the young people and communities we reach.
It is in this context that we have worked together over 2022 with hundreds of Y people across the country, to co-design a bold Vision, Mission and Strategy Statement for the Y in Australia. 

Meaningful work
The Y is committed to creating and advocating for meaningful, just, and fair education, training and employment opportunities and working conditions for this, and future generations

Sustainable planet
The Y is committed to acting to decrease our carbon footprint, support sustainability solutions, and contribute to regenerating the earth. 

Just world
The Y is committed to defying discrimination, inequity, injustice, and systemic racism; and amplifying young people as agents of change for an equal and safe world.

See our Y Strategy 2030 video here.

Our next step – to convert intention into action!

Thank you to:

Thanks Carlos Madjri SanveeWorld YMCA Secretary General for helping to launch our strategy!

A special thanks to our Youth Voice Steering Group (of young people from across our movement), for their leadership of this process, together with our Member Strategy Squad.

Many thanks to the dedication, creativity and commitment of the hundreds of Y people who contributed their collective wisdom to building Y Australia’s strategic direction for the next seven years. Special acknowledgment to Jan Owen.

With particular thanks to our Youth Voice Steering Group and Member Strategy Squad (of CEOs or their delegates) for leading this important work.

Our Youth Voice Steering Group: Maeson Harvey, Jenna Riggall, Sam Duffy-Yates, Elysse Hirschausen, Ashlee Horton / Heidi McConnell, Olivia Booth, Damian Chenoweth, William Chan, Ashlee Horton and Oliver Tripodi.

Our Member Strategy Squad (of CEOs or their delegates): David Paterson, Matt Feutrill, Tim McDonald, Grant Yonge, Ru Thomas, Michele Rowse, Will Sambrook, Pauline McGillivray, Carolyn Morris, Craig Mathieson and Susannah LeBron.

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