What Happens When You Get 3000 Young People in One Room? A Global Celebration!


To carry on the celebrations of YMCA’s 175th birthday, over 3,000 young people, staff, guests and volunteers from over 100 countries around the world, travelled to London to celebrate through a massive global gathering. 

The opening ceremony featured keynote speaker United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, which kicked off on Sunday night 4 August. The evening was a moment of celebration, mixing historical memories with contemporary reflections, featuring stories from young people around the world, and celebrating through music, flag bearers, live performances, cyclists from France and drama - all celebrating our journey to this very moment - 175 years in the making.

“You are not only the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of today,” Jayathma, a keynote speaker, encouraged young people on the opening night.

Watch recordings from the event here.


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