Justice systems are failing young people around the world and governments are breaking international laws that require young offenders to be rehabilitated. Many young people who come into conflict with the law are locked up for too long, in cramped, unhygienic – and even inhumane – conditions. For these young people, there is little chance of rehabilitation and a route out of poverty through work when they are eventually released.

By providing access to training, education and recreation we improve their well-being and prepare them for life outside prison. On release, we help reintegrate these young people, ensuring they are productive and well-respected within their communities.

Legal clubs for prisoners make sure they get a fair trial, and we empower young people to challenge and prevent injustice through training, education and reconciliation activities.

We also help young people and their communities campaign for justice and equality. Giving them a voice and the confidence to speak out means they can influence  decisions that affect their lives and become active citizens in their country.

A decade of pursuing justice in Togo

Togo

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Stay here, Vote here, Change here

Liberia

Picture of Laurence Fahnbulleh YCI/Tom Burke

Youth Justice

Young people learn their rights as voters before Myanmar elections

Myanmar

A YMCA peer educator shares newly learned knowledge on voter rights ahead of Myanmar general elections on November 8 2015.

Youth Justice

International Citizen Service volunteer up for YMCA Award

Guatemala

The YMCA Youth Matters Awards celebrate the work of young people staff and volunteers from YMCAs in the UK. Photo: YMCA Youth Matters Awards

Youth Justice

Global Goals could be vital for communities scarred by conflict

Sri Lanka

ri Lanka YMCA organised sports events to encourage traumatised young people from different regions to encourage peace, reintegration and reconciliation.

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

ICS volunteer nominated for YMCA Youth Matters Award

Togo, UK & Ireland

Online voting is now open at www.ymca.org.uk. You have until midnight on Friday 14 August to vote for your finalist. Photo: YMCA England

Youth Justice, International Citizen Service

Kicking violence out of Guatemala: Report on YMCA peace-building

Guatemala

Y Care International works with YMCA of Guatemala for the past two years on Sports for Change working with young people who are at risk of or affected by violence. Photo: Facebook.com/ymca.guatemala

Youth Justice

Iqbal Wahhab OBE joins YCl as its first ambassador

Togo, UK & Ireland

Iqbal Wahhab (pictured right) will advise on development and business, and support us to increase our impact in changing the lives of young people. photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Special report by Iqbal Wahhab: Hope out of Africa

Togo

Katanga resident Jeanette explains the difficulties of making a living from the fish trade to UK businessman Iqbal Wahhab and Terry Waite. Photo: Hannah Maule-Ffinch

Youth Justice

Prison reform promised in Togo

Togo

A detainee presents a gift to the minister of justice: a portrait of the minister painted by the detainees of Lomé prison. Photo: Togo YMCA

Youth Justice

Sport for change: one year on

Guatemala

Games and sports boost the confidence and skills of young people in Guatemala - essential therapy for a post-conflict nation. Photo: Guatemala YMCA

Youth Justice

Togo YMCA continue to defend the rights of young detainees

Togo

Y Care International and Togo YMCA officially launch project that will provide young detainees access to legal support and the chance to learn about their human rights. Photo: Togo YMCA

Youth Justice

Togo trip diary: removing barriers to healthcare Part 2

Togo

Young hairdressing apprentices who have been supported by Togo YMCA to learn about neglected health issues in their communities. Photo: Togo YMCA

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

Togo trip diary: removing barriers to healthcare Part 1

Togo

Me with the the peer health educators who trained at Togo YMCA. With their help thousands of young people have a better understanding of their health choices. Photo: Togo YMCA

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Palestine

Volunteers picking olives during Joint Advocacy Initiative's picking programme. Photo: East Jerusalem YMCA

Youth Justice

‘Images of Hope’ exhibition at Roast Restaurant

Liberia, Togo

Akin, 10, Cambodia: I was abducted by child traffickers… but they let me go. Now I can be safe at the YMCA, I’ve learnt how to read and I eat a hot meal every day. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Detainees hold concert to promote prisoners health rights

Togo

Coco De Kofi, a peer educator for Togo YMCA campaigns with Act2Live to transform health services. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice

Iqbal Wahhab: Inside Togo’s prisons

Togo

Iqbal Wahhab discussing prison conditions with Legal Club members. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Youth Justice

Togo’s next generation provide hope for slum communities

Togo

UK entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab finds frustration and inspiration on his recent visit to Togo with Y Care International. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Health and wellbeing, Youth Justice, Enterprise & Employability

Notes from the field: Terry Waite in Togo

Togo

Youth Justice

Touring Togo to support YMCA’s pursuit for justice

Togo

Y Care International president and founder, Terry Waite CBE, being greeted by the locals in Katanga, Togo. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch/YCI

Youth Justice

YMCA youth leaders aim to reduce violence in Guatemala

Guatemala

Youth Justice

Justice in Togo: Seeing how Legal Clubs give prisoners hope

Togo

Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach, speaks to 26 year-old hairdresser Charlotte, and makes notes of her inspiring story.

Youth Justice

Notes from the field: Fighting for justice behind bars

Togo

Sokode prison, Togo

Youth Justice

Enabling young entrepreneurs in Lomé, Togo

Togo

Enabling young entrepreneurs in Lome, Togo.

Youth Justice

Young people promote peaceful elections

Sierra Leone

Youth Justice

Young activists speak out for juvenile justice – UN June 2010

UK & Ireland

Youth Justice

Togo Solidarity Day

Togo

Youth Justice

Young people vote to fund Togo project

Togo, UK & Ireland

Youth Justice