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International Services

Growing our Future Global Leaders

The YMCA offers life-changing cultural exchange programs for young people globally. Working within the YMCA network – with our local, national and international partners – we bring people together through our various programs: Y Global Teens, Y Global Leaders, Y-to-Y Partnerships, UN Relations, and volunteer programs. Since 1911, our programs have been working to build global citizens by enhancing mutual understanding, fostering the exchange of ideas, and bringing people together for peace.



Y Global Teens
YMCA Global Teens is a leadership development and service learning program that engages teenagers in a year-long international educational experience culminating with a summer service abroad trip.

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Y Global Leaders
Young Y leaders from around the world are connected with distinguished host YMCAs in the U.S. The program offers a tailored curriculum from a broad menu of professional development areas to interns and trainees for 3-12 months.

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Y-to-Y Partnerships
To facilitate mutually-beneficial partnerships between the YMCA of Greater New York and strategically identified YMCA partners abroad, Y-to-Y Partnerships serves as a catalyst for progressive change and continued growth of programs and services for both partners. 

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UN Relations
International Services acts as the World Alliance of YMCA’s liaison to the United Nations. Working for social justice for all youth, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture, the World Alliance of YMCAs is a global ecumenical Movement reaching 58 million people in 119 countries worldwide. 

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For more information, please contact:

Rayda Marquez
YMCA of Greater New York
International Programs



Official airline of Y Global Teens