YMCA means “Young Men’s Christian Association” and was originally founded in London in 1984. The reason the club was formed was to help improve young men spiritually through holding of bible classes, prayer meetings and other spiritual means.
The club was founded in Lagos in 1944 and had their first meeting in Marina before they were able to get their own permanent headquarters in Ikoyi in 1968.
The clubs mission is to empower young people so that they can be of better service to their various communities and also to their country.
MEMBERSHIP OF YMCA
Membership is open to individuals who understand what the association intends to achieve. Individuals who are prepared to volunteer their services to achieve the goals and objectives of the association are highly welcome.
YMCA offers individuals the chance to meet with fellow Christians and non Christians to come together and offer their services to impact lives positively to the honor and glory of God.
YMCA Lagos despite being formed with the main intention to focus on youths still offers various levels of memberships. They include:
This is a membership that is open to individuals who are above the age of 35 years. The membership was created for people who will be interested in spending their time as well as their skills and talent to render and support the youth.
This is a membership that is open to individuals who are between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. The membership was created for people who are interested in being instruments of change and help impact the lives of the youth positively. This type of membership attracts a registration fee as well as a renewal fee.
This type of membership is open to people who are interested and like the programs and activities of YMCA but do not have the time to take part in the programs and activities. This are for people who would love to share their knowledge and impact the lives of the youth positively but because of their busy schedule cannot do so. Due to the constraints of their busy schedule, this people pay a higher registration and renewal fee annually.
This type of membership is open to people who are only interested in enjoying the facilities of YMCA for a period of three months. This membership attracts only a registration fee.
This is also a type of membership that is also open to people who are interested in enjoying the facilities of YMCA, particularly its hostels. This membership attracts a registration fee only and their membership expires after their stay in the hostel.
This is a membership that can be given to members who have financial supported the association for more than ten years. This membership attracts a registration fee only.
PROGRAMS OR YMCA
The association provides various programs that help improve the well being of the youth and the young at heart. They include the following:
The association provides its community with a wide range of sporting activities to engage the youth and keep them busy and improve their fitness and health.
YMCA offers a conducive environment that provides basketball courts, tennis courts, standard table for table tennis and also runs a monthly program for people interested in keeping fit.
The aim and mission of YMCA is to raise a very competitive athletics team that will become champions while they are still able to imbibe the qualities of fair play, team work and learn good sportsmanship.
YMCA organizes camps to foster and promote healthy development in youths. The camp is open to children between the ages of 8-15. Role models, resources and opportunities are provided in a conducive environment and ensure that the children are proper taken care off. The camps are created to set up programs which promote the important values of YMCA which are honesty, respect caring and responsibility.
ADVANTAGES OF THE CAMP
The association has plans to improve on its vocational training programs and plans to positively impact the lives of the youth as they learn various types of trade.
YMCA has various facilities that are open to the public. They include sports facilities which are located in a friendly and conducive environment which provides basketball courts and tennis courts to help improve the health and fitness of the youth and older people.
YMCA also has an events hall which has top notch facilities that can be used for various occasions. There is also the hostel which is open to both male and female, business men and women as well as students and has good facilities to offer top notch services to the people.
There is the camp which is set up to promote healthy development in the youths and teach them important values such as responsibility, respect, caring and responsibility.
YMCA SUPPORTING THE YOUTH
Being a global brand, YMCA Lagos, allows young people to take part in global youth activities and render their services to provide positive changes to the community.
Being a youth member provides youths a chance to serve in leadership positions and they are able to represent the youths on the board of management and other committees
The aim of YMCA is to help all young people find and realize their talent and skills given to them by God and use them to the advantage of humanity.
YMCA also helps young people to improve in various aspects of their lives and make them feel they have a place where they know their opinions and views are important.