Serving a Global Community.
An International Men’s Movement
The YMCA was founded in England in 1844 and the idea caught on. Eleven years later, Y leaders from nine nations convened in Paris to form the World Alliance of YMCAs. Their mission: to establish and strengthen YMCAs around the world in support of youth, families, and communities. Today, the World Alliance has YMCAs in 120 countries serving 64 million people.
YMCA Honolulu — A World Alliance Superstar
World Alliance YMCAs raised money for programs, buildings and “foreign secretaries” stationed in developing countries to help establish self-supporting YMCAs. YMCA Honolulu joined the World Alliance in 1883 and was a key player in raising funds and establishing and supporting YMCAs internationally.
Partners in the Pacific
The YMCA Honolulu was later designated as the international lead for the Pacific and China in the 1970s through 90s, serving as a leader for YMCA of the USA’s International Division.