By working with local YMCAs and other youth organisations, we are working with people who are committed to the personal and social development of the poorest, most disadvantaged young people. They know first-hand what life is like for young people who face a life of poverty or violence and lack even the most basic essentials – and what they need to build positive futures.

Young people learn how to stay healthy and safe and learn trades so they can secure their livelihoods. We also work with communities to help create peace, plan and respond to emergencies and to improve justice systems.

In the UK and Ireland, our Global Youth Work projects work with 230 YMCAs to provide youth workers with information and training that helps them to inspire young people to talk and act on global issues. Being involved in Global Youth Work enables young people to gain key skills which can be used to help them into work and aid their personal and social development.

Find out more about us and why we focus on young people

“To see that you have been able to help young people transform their lives – learn how to earn a living, have enough money to find somewhere to live and feed their families, and help them to be more responsible citizens – it’s is a very fulfilling task.”

Tim Kamaboakai, Project Manager, Liberia YMCA

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We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world, to help them enrich the lives of young people and to build a more just world, free from poverty. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Year after year, young people struggle to cope with natural disasters and other emergencies that can affect families, communities or whole countries.

We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world, to help them enrich the lives of young people and to build a more just world, free from poverty. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Global Youth Work

Y Care International enables marginalised young people to explore the global dimension of issues affecting their lives.

We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world, to help them enrich the lives of young people and to build a more just world, free from poverty. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Health and wellbeing

Around the world, poor health prevents young people from completing education or training, and can stop them working. We support them to access assets like good health facilities so they can contribute fully to their communities as employees or entrepreneurs.

We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world, to help them enrich the lives of young people and to build a more just world, free from poverty. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Youth Justice

With youth unemployment remaining high in many countries around the world, young people can find it difficult to secure decent work and lift themselves out of poverty. For those who find themselves in prison after committing a petty crime or because of a miscarriage of justice, it can seem almost impossible.

We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world, to help them enrich the lives of young people and to build a more just world, free from poverty. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Enterprise & Employability

We believe that enterprise and employment are the best routes out of poverty for young people. When they have skills that are needed by local markets, access to the assets they need, and can connect with relevant networks, they are more successful in finding work or setting up businesses.

We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world, to help them enrich the lives of young people and to build a more just world, free from poverty. Photo: Hannah Maule-ffinch

International Citizen Service

Across the UK and in Ireland we create opportunities for vulnerable young people to use their talents and skills to take action on global issues.