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Our Vision

Our vision is a world where young people, their families and communities flourish in body, mind and spirit.

Our Mission

As a faith based, all island organisation, our mission is:

To create inclusive communities where everyone feels welcomed, accepted and inspired by social justice and peace for all

To provide life enriching opportunities for young people, their families and communities

Our Values

Our value based is that every YMCA will be a place of welcome, opportunity, wellbeing, peace and justice

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Every YMCA is a place of Welcome.


Every YMCA is a place of Opportunity.


Every YMCA is a place of Wellbeing.

Peace & Justice

Every YMCA is a place of Peace & Justice.

Guiding Principles

  • An all island approach
  • Collaborative & partnership working
  • Being progressive & responsive
  • Listening & learning
  • A holistic approach to young people
  • A whole family approach 
  • Working in ways that are stimulating and enjoyable
  • Being trauma unformed and flourishing
  • Climate action and the sustaining of our enviornment
  • Global justice and international development

Impact Pillars

We measure the impact of our actions based on promoting these shared pillars

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YMCA in Ireland

The YMCA in Ireland has existed since 1849 as a voluntary organisation that works with children, young people, families and the community, with particular regard to those who are disadvantaged and disaffected. Underpinned by Christian principles, each YMCA responds to local need and seeks to share and learn from being a part of a national and international movement. 

YMCA works in over 34 communities providing services ranging from peace building to vocational training. It has particular expertise in work with families, youth justice, schools, vocational training, outdoor education and health work. All its work is based on the principles of effective non formal education.

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The YMCA is an all island movement and seeks to promote sharing of learning through collaboration with over 25,000 children, young people and families using its services every year.

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The Wider YMCA Movement

YMCA Europe
YMCA works to empower young people and to make their voice heard

World Alliance of YMCAs
Empowering young people – Space, Transformation, Impact

Y Care International
Y Care international is the relief & development agency of the YMCA in the UK & Ireland

In July 2022 the YMCA made history. At the 20th World Council in July 2022, YMCAs across the globe voted to adopt YMCA 2030 – our first-ever shared strategy and plan.

Vision 2030 serves as a roadmap for every YMCA’s strategic goals. Closely aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030 empowers communities and young people worldwide to build a just, sustainable, equitable and inclusive world.

The Four Pillars of Impact

To achieve Vision 2030, all YMCAs will focus on four areas and work toward 12 strategic goals

Community Wellbeing

We create environments where everyone can thrive in Body, Mind and Spirit.

Meaningful Work

We work with young people and communities on equitable education, training and employment opportunities.

Sustainable Planet
We channel young people’s commitment to climate justice and sustainability.
Just World

We stand for a Just World for young people and communities.