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The YMCA Young Mens Christen Association is a world-wide Christian voluntary movement for women and men with special emphasis on the involvement of young people It seeks to build a human community of justice with love peace and reconciliation Founded in 1844 it now works through 14000 local associations and 45000000 members in 122 countries YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America working to meet the health and social needs of 175 million men women and children YMCAs are for people of all faiths races abilities ages and incomes No one is turned away for inability to pay YMCAs strength is in the people they bring together All communities have different needs so all YMCAs are different A YMCA may offer child care or teen leadership clubs A YMCA in the next town may have swimming lessons or drawing classes Every YMCA makes its own decisions on what programs to offer and how to operate The YMCAs mission is expressed in its motto taken from the Bible That they may all be one John 1721 and the Paris Basis which emphasizes two main purposes working for unity and working for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth that is working for a society characterized by justice peace and love according to the teachings of Jesus Christ Commitment to its mission has led YMCAs to work with all people in the community This commitment has also led the YMCA to work for social change addressing the root causes of issues and problems faced by people In addition to recreation sports and educational activities as well as the front-line services to refugees and displaced people in many countries the YMCA is
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