YMCA Calgary is part of a global movement of YMCA’s in approximately 120 countries. Through the Global Initiatives department YMCA Calgary is able to develop a global perspective in the members and participants of our programs and services, while supporting the global movement of YMCAs. The Global Initiatives department has a number of strategies:
YMCA Global Partners
YMCAs build strong kids, strong families and strong communities not only in Calgary, but also in more than 120 countries around the world. Partnerships promote sharing of knowledge and resources with YMCAs in other parts of the globe and provide opportunity to support local community development work abroad. Through exchanges, staff and volunteers from both associations learn from each other’s strengths and benefit from exposure to new cultures/perspectives. YMCA Calgary currently partners with YMCA Ukraine and YMCA Bogota, Colombia
YMCA Global Peacebuilders
YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of war. It requires the presence of something – the recognition of basic human rights and the provision of basic human needs. Since 1984, YMCAs across Canada have spent the third week in November organizing special activities to engage children, youth and adults in exploring peace from local and global perspectives. Annually, YMCA Peace Week brings Associations together with international partner YMCAs and hundreds of school and community partners in a week long event that highlights our common interest in creating a more just and peaceful world.
To further support our Global Partnerships YMCA Calgary sponsors exchanges between Calgary and our partners in Ukraine and Bogota. Such exchanges are meant to benifit both YMCA’s. Teaching all of us new ways to engage youth and build healthy communities.
Through YMCA Calgary’s Strong Kids campaign, donors can designate support to one of our Global Partners. Another choice is to support our Emergency Responce fund which provides support for YMCA’s who request emergency relief.
For more information contact the Assistant General Manager of Community Branch at 403 537-1716.
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