The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is one of the oldest and largest movements for youth in the world. Founded in 1844, it now operates in 119 countries, and reaching 58 million people. The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture. The World Alliance of YMCAs, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a confederation of National Councils of YMCAs around the world.
Founded on June 6, 1844 in London, England by George Williams, the goal of the organisation was putting Christian principles into practice, achieved by developing "a healthy spirit, mind, and body."
The YMCA is a federated organisation made up of local and national organisations in voluntary association. Today, YMCAs are open to all, regardless of faith, social class, age, or gender.