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What We Do
The main focus of YMCA work in Ireland is supporting young people to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. All over Ireland, the promotion of youth development is being supported and nurtured at all levels and with all ages using youth work methodologies such as youth participation, youth leadership and vocational training. Leadership opportunities for young people are a key priority across YMCAs as they recognise that the young people of today will be tomorrow’s leaders.
We have long championed the notion of physical, mental and spiritual well being as central to our work with young people. In the YMCA, there has always been an emphasis on developing holistic approaches to healthy lifestyles as well as health education and promotion, which are reflected across all programme areas.
Another priority of the YMCA movement strategy is promoting community engagement. The YMCA believes that every young person is a valued member of their community with much to contribute as they fulfil their potential. It recognises that young people do not live in isolation, but that they are influenced by their families, their communities and the world around them.