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ABOUT Y's Men International




Y’s Men International is oriented to serving the worldwide YMCA and the communities in which it is present throughout the world.

The membership of the Association consists of affiliated local clubs known as Y’s Men’s Clubs, Y’s Women’s Clubs, Y’s Men and Women’s Clubs or Y Service Clubs. The membership of each local club consists of men or women or both. No one is denied membership status because of race, creed, colour or national origin.


“To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right.”

This motto was adopted by Y’s Men because of the tendency of most people to insist upon full enjoyment of all rights while remaining oblivious to the corresponding duties giving validity to such rights. Just as the green light giving right of way to traffic on one street must have a corresponding red light to warn traffic on the cross-street of its duty to stop, so every right we enjoy is founded upon a corresponding duty. Our motto is a constant challenge to us to pay less heed to our rights, and more to the discovery and discharge of their corresponding duties – to transfer the emphasis from rights to duties.


What is our Mission?

As Y’s Men International is a world-wide fellowship of persons of all faiths working constructively together, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, in partnership with and supporting the YMCA, its mission is to strive through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all humankind.

The objectives of all affiliated clubs are:

  1. To function primarily as service clubs for the YMCA.

  2. To support other worthy organisations.

  3. To encourage justice in civic and international affairs, abstaining always from party politics.

  4. To keep members informed on and actively involved in religious, civic, economic, social and international matters.

  5. To cultivate good fellowship.

  6. To support International, Area and Regional projects of the Association.

Our Objectives


Founded in Toledo, Ohio, USA in 1922 to support a local YMCA, Y’s Men International is now oriented to serving the worldwide YMCA, the world’s largest non-governmental youth organisation, and through it the communities in which it is present throughout the world.

Our History