International Education supports strategies to foster cross-cultural global learning in local YMCA programs and services.

One of the most important aspects of building a global community is giving young people and adults opportunities to understand and celebrate diversity. The Y helps people to develop cultural competencies and the key skills to collaborate with their peers around the world.


From global curricula in camping and afterschool programs to international service-learning opportunities and partnerships, the Y gives people the knowledge, experience and confidence to successfully interact in our increasingly globalized society.

Our Ys have a formal network of International Branch Champions, host regular and provide opportunities for project-based education.

Service Learning

Global Exchanges & Leadership Development

Events & Forums