When George Williams founded the Young Men’s Christian Association in London in 1844 his aim was to bring Jesus Christ into the lives of young people who, like himself, moved to the city looking for work.
The YMCA has throughout its history emphasised the development of Spirit, Mind and Body – with the red triangle coming to represent this balanced philosophy.
Belfast YMCA started in 1850 as the movement spread throughout the major cities in Britain and Ireland before expanding worldwide. While changing in each generation, the YMCA retains it’s Christian ethos.
With over 30 million members we have grown into one of the largest non–governmental movements in the world. Operating in over 130 countries world wide, it is one of only two NGO’s to hold a seat at the United Nations.