International Y Service

The International Association of Y’s Men’s Club is oriented to serving the worldwide YMCA and the communities in which it is as present throughout the world. Y’s Men International is a world-wide fellowship of persons of all faiths working constructively together, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ, in partnership with and supporting the YMCA, its mission to strive through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build better world for all mankind. Y Service International works with and partners with United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organizations.
The Hawaii Region of Y Service will focus on Roll Back Malaria, the world-wide project to defeat malaria that kills 3,000 children daily. The Region will support:
*Roll Back Malaria
is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. Y”s Men International are working in partnership with the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to deliver funds for the purchase of long lasting insecticide mosquito nets for distribution in high-burden areas.



Y's Men and Women work for better international understanding through such programs as:

  1. the Brotherhood Fund, enabling members to travel and visit member families of Y's Men and Y's Women in other countries.
  2. the International Brother Club program which makes it possible for club members to learn about people in other parts of the world through exchange of letters, slides, tapes, visits, etc.
  3. the Youth Educational Exchange Program (YEEP) where youth are given a possibility to study, live and travel for one year or less in a foreign country, living as a member of a Y's Men and Y's Women's family.
  4. the Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) where children and grandchildren of Y's Men and Y's Women between the ages of 15 to 25 stay with a Y's Men's or Y's Women's family from 3 to 11 weeks.
  5. the "Time of Fast" international project, in which money is raised basically through asking each member to fast for one or several meals during a specific month (usually February) and contribute the money thus saved to the "Time of Fast" fund.



To learn more about Y's Men International, go to the International Web page at
http://www.ysmen.org/