The summer of 2019 will see YMCA celebrate its 175th birthday. And to mark the occasion there will be a four-day celebration at London’s ExCeL from
August 4 – 8 with an anticipated 5000 young leaders from more than 100 countries, representing six continents of the world in the city where YMCA was founded.

YMCA175 is a global youth event that will have elements of a conference, summit and celebration, that will be a living embodiment of YMCA, bringing together thousands of young leaders and YMCA senior leaders and networks from around the world.

The event aims to connect YMCA’s global movement to build relationships and strengthen cross-cultural understanding, celebrate 175 years of YMCA’s impact on youth and communities around the world, and create solutions to address social challenges.


Each day an opening plenary will showcase young people’s stories, welcome keynote speakers, introducing topics and experts in key issues.

In the afternoon the four key pillars, and the Sustainable Development Goals, will be explored in more detail through workshops, storytelling, presentation, training, seminars, discussions, partnership meetings, harvest sessions, panel debates, open forums and more.

YMCA’s around the world, and will be partnered with external expertise from NGOs, corporate organisations and institutions. These sessions will aim to educate, inspire, inform, share best practice, scale initiatives, create ideas and foster collaboration.

YMCA GWC is an active participant in the celebrations, with Dr Jennifer Brooker a member of the Programme committee responsible for the speakers, panels, research and evaluation of the event.
It is also hoped that up to 600 delegates will engage in the Global Citizenship programme and a mental health workshop.

Go and visit YMCA175 and register your interest of attendance, also get more detailed information about this summer event.