Today is International Youth Day. The theme is “Youth and Mental Health”. The shocking statistic is that 1 in 5 young people suffer from mental illness. Many more suffer from mild depression and loneliness.
This is a plea to all youth workers, YMCA staff workers, Board members. Make 2014 a year where you purposefully ensure that a permanent, safe, creative space is made available for all young people at your local YMCA.
We want to be known as a place where young people are transformed into responsible global citizens, having overcome any disadvantages that they they might have faced in the past. This is a true YMCA!