International Initiatives


One of the most important aspects of building a global community is giving young people and adults opportunities to understand and celebrate diversity.  The Y helps people to develop cultural competencies and the key skills to collaborate with their peers around the world.  A global curriculum in camping and afterschool programs to international service-learning opportunities and partnerships, the Y gives people the knowledge, experience and confidence to successfully interact in our increasingly globalized society.

Locally, our YMCA has the following International Initiatives:

  • Overseas Partnership – Our Y used to have a partnership with the YMCA in Hokkaido, Japan.  We are looking to start a new one as their program ended.  In addition, we have sent our very own local staff to visit YMCAs in Panama and the Czech Republic.  Learn about the worldwide YMCA movement at
  • Summer Camp Counselors – Each summer we have staff that come from other countries to help with camp.  We have had counselors come from Australia, Columbia, England, Scotland and Switzerland.
  • Homestay Families – Local community members host our international visitors by having them stay in their homes and help with meals and transportation. 
  • World Service Campaign – Each year our local Y contributes to the World Service Campaign that distributes resources to Ys in other countries operating in difficult social and economic conditions.  Take a look at the 2017 brochure
  • World YWCA and YMCA Week of Prayer and World Fellowship – Each year in November, Y’s around the globe emphasize prayer and fellowship.  Take a look at the 2017 prayer booklet.