About the Y

The Y is the largest global youth movement, reaching almost 65 million people in 120 countries, in every continent.

The Y in Australia (formerly the ‘YMCA’) is a social enterprise, operating in more than 650 communities, with 11,500 employees and over
16 million visits to our programs and facilities over the past year.

Across Australia, we offer a wide range of programs and services that support children and young people across their life cycle, from early learning and kindergarten programs to meaningful career pathways, through to recreation and other supports for older Australians. We also offer a wide range of programs for marginalised, disadvantaged and at risk, young people.


We have a strong shared history of working to solve community problems and standing with, and for young people (our shared DNA). The Y is one of the world’s oldest and largest youth organisations. Founded in London in 1844, it has grown to reach over 65 million people each year across 120 countries. The Y movement in Australia comprises 12 Member Y Associations united by our strong, shared legacy and DNA.

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