Y Care International is the international relief and development agency of the YMCA movement in the UK and Ireland.
Y Care International is a youth-driven organisation that exists for vulnerable young people to help them free themselves from poverty and unleash their skills, capability, and resilience.
Their focus is creating opportunities through enterprise and employability for young women and men aged 15-24 made vulnerable by inequality and injustice. They provide support for practical, inclusive and local action mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and a limited number of other countries.
Y Care International grew out of the YMCA movement – an international association of youth organisations from more than 120 countries. Founded in 1844 in London, it is one of the oldest and largest voluntary youth organisations in the world.
The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture. YMCAs take a holistic approach to young people’s development emphasising their personal, social and spiritual development.
In 1984, the YMCA National Councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland agreed to better co-ordinate their existing international humanitarian relief efforts. The resulting organisation became Y Care International and focussed on international relief following an emergency. It would work in partnership with YMCAs across the global South to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable young people.
Terry Waite CBE, along with two members of the National Council of England, John Naylor and David Bedford, officially founded Y Care International in 1984. Terry Waite remains President of Y Care International to this day and is an active advocate of their work.
Over the years they strengthened their role as a development agency focussed on supporting disadvantaged young people, whose needs and rights are so often neglected. They continued to be a subsidiary charity of YMCA England before becoming a fully independent charity in 2005. In 2010 they strengthened their link with the YMCA movement became as Associate Member of the World Alliance of YMCAs
Vulnerable young people who are employed, healthy, treated justly, and resilient.
Creating opportunities for work with vulnerable young women and men to change lives for the better, fulfil their potential and play a full role in society.
Bold. The are inspired by the spirit and determination of young women and men and ambitious for real opportunities and innovative action that empowers them.
Compassionate. They strive to understand, encourage, and enable vulnerable young people.
Expert. They work with integrity to ensure practical, rights-focused and local solutions.
Open. They are enthusiastic about collaboration through participative, inclusive, learning relationships.
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