Y Care International (YCI) is aits core a partnership-based organisation, working hand in hand with local youth-focused organisations in some of the worlds poorest countries to create opportunities for disadvantaged young women and men.  

We firmly believe that local organisations are best placed to understand their communities and their needs. Our role is to accompany them and offer support – technical, learning, financial, networking – to increase the impact and scale of their work.  Today, we are focused on building strong, sustainable partnerships to tackle the growing crisis of youth unemployment.  

We (YCI) grew out of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) movement.

Founded in 1844 in London, the YMCA is the oldest and largest youth organisation in the world, reaching 58 million young people.  

With its unparalleled reach and capacity to mobilise young people across 120 countries, the YMCA is well-placed to create significant impact at scale with and for young people. 

The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture.


Y Care International, was founded by Terry Waite CBE – who remains YCI’s President and passionate advocate – and National Council of England members John Naylor and David Bedford. YCI continued to be a subsidiary charity of YMCA England & Wales before becoming a fully independent in 2005.

Our President

Terry Waite remains President of Y Care International to this day and is an active advocate of our work.

For some years, YCI’s focus was on supporting communities to recover following an emergency. Through partnership with YMCAs across the global south, YCI sought to respond to the needs of people rendered vulnerable through natural disasters and crises.

Over the years we have strengthened our role as a community development organisation, focused on supporting disadvantaged young people, whose needs and rights are too often neglected.