Part of the world’s oldest and largest global youth movement.

Through our partnerships with YMCAs and other community-based organisations, we create opportunities for the most disadvantaged young people to achieve their aspirations by getting into work and out of poverty.

Today we work in 15 of the world’s poorest countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America transforming the lives of over 59,000 young people and their communities every year.

We believe young people are catalysts for change in their own and others’ development. As the beating heart of the communities we work in local YMCA’s are best placed to help them fulfil their potential in body, mind and spirit, and realise their rights.

Our strategy is ambitious, bold and collaborative. We promise to support young people to:

Get young people into sustainable work

Equipping young people with the skills, resources and networks they need to get work.

And ensuring that they have the knowledge and confidence to sustain, or rebuild, their livelihoods when disaster strikes.

Muhamed's Story
YMCA Liberia, young man smiling

Challenge stigma & discrimination

Proactively challenging negative attitudes and harmful labour practices that prevent young people getting training or decent work.

Safe Spaces Project
YMCA Zambia - young person in Karate position

Influence policy & practice

Establishing and mobilising networks of young people globally to campaign for their right to decent work and influence policy change locally and regionally.

iCare Campaign
Ed Sheeran and a male beneficiary

Inform good practice

Facilitating a global community of practice to harness the skills, resources and evidence needed to work at scale and achieve our mission.

Our Impact
YMCA, training session - young people

Drive forward innovative work solutions

Adopting innovative approaches in our partnership work that drive growth in employment and enterprise so that disadvantaged young people are better equipped for the future world of work.

Our Partnerships
YMCA Liberia - young-male-carpenter-wood

Our Work

We help young people in chronic poverty move to financial sustainability, equipped for whatever the future may hold.

The average monthly income of a young person increases from £13 to £35 within just six months of completing a Y Care International training programme.

Last year we enabled over 3,000 young people to establish their own business, boosting their incomes dramatically and transforming their lives. It costs just £200 to train a young person in literacy, numeracy or other vocational skills through our training programmes.

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