International Projects and Programs

Support for Local and International Communities


About 90% of local club support stays in the local community - either through support to the local YMCA or through direct community support (most often a combination of the two). 

Annually, such support is estimated at close to US$ 4 million world wide - plus numerous hours of volunteer service work.

Alexander Scholarship Program


The Alexander Scholarship Fund  supports training of YMCA Staff persons. 

Named in honour of our founder, Judge Paul William Alexander. Every year, local clubs support training of YMCA Secretaries with about US$ 120,000. About US$ 12,000 (10% of the local support) is sent to the International Headquarters and is used to support leadership training programmes mainly in Africa, Latin America and India, but in recent years also in Eastern/Central Europe.

Time of Fast Global Project Fund


Money is raised through members "skipping" a meal or two and paying what the meal would have cost into the Time of Fast Global Project Fund program. 

The funds thus contributed are used to support YMCA projects all over the world. The program started about 20 years ago and shows a dramatic increase in contributions - and hence support to YMCA's.

International Brother Clubs


The International Brother Clubs program 

is designed to enhance international understanding. 

Links are created between Y Service Clubs in different countries through the exchange of emails, letters, bulletins, photos, CDs, DVDs, etc - and visits whenever possible.

Roll Back Malaria


Roll Back Malaria is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. 

Y Service International are working in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to deliver funds for the purchase of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets for distribution in high-burden areas.

Brotherhood Fund


  The Brotherhood Fund  allows travel of members to visit members in other countries. Every year, about US$ 200,000 is contributed through the sale of used stamps (about 15%) and from cash contributions (about 85%). This program helps to increase understanding of different cultures - both for those travelling ("BF Delegates") and for those hosting them.