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At YMCA NSW, we believe in the power of inspired young people. As part of the oldest and largest youth organisation in the world, the Y is passionate about nurturing potential and providing safe spaces where young people can grow, learn, move and thrive.

The Y has a global reach of over 58 million members and a rich history stretching back 175 years. In Australia, we are active across every state and territory.

We have a presence not only in metropolitan areas but also in a number of regional and even remote locations as well.
At the Y NSW we serve more than 40 communities in NSW and the ACT and employ over 2,000 people. Our diverse range of services includes gymnastics, learn to swim, aquatics, camping, indoor sports, health and fitness, out of school hours care and youth and community programs. Each year, more than 3 million people visit our fitness and aquatic centres and over 7,000 children attend our outside school hours care services.   

Our suite of Youth and Community programs are built around our three key policy pillars: community connection, physical activity, and civic voice. With a focus on inclusion and empowerment, these evidence-based programs support mental and physical wellbeing, foster a sense of belonging, and amplify the voices of young people. Our flagship programs include: 


YMCA Uplift is a free active wellness program for young people aged 12 to 25 who are experiencing mental health or other life challenges. Find out more


Streetgym is a totally free program providing young people 12 to 18 years with an opportunity to engage in active activities in their own neighbourhood. Find out more

Youth Parliament

YMCA NSW Youth Parliament is an empowerment and advocacy program that provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard through legislative debate and decision making. Find out more

We know when young people are inspired, they are powerful. You can partner with us to help more young people in our communities thrive by making a donation to the Y NSW. 

Our Values

I will be considerate and respectful of others – I will listen and help clients and colleagues wherever I can.

I will be truthful, open and sincere in all matters – I will act with integrity and demonstrate reliability and trustworthiness.

I treat people the way I would like to be treated – I will value the worth of every person and support and celebrate their success.

I will be accountable for my behaviour, actions and obligations – In all situations I will do what is right and ought to be done.

I am committed to ensuring the provision of safe environments for children, youth, vulnerable adults and families – through a child-safe lens I will always act in their best interests.

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