Y-CORPS: SERVICE TO THE WORLD
The mission of Y-Corps: Service to the World is for Kentucky YMCA Alumni to practice global citizenship through service learning, cultural exchange, and exposure to global YMCA movements.
YMCAs all over the world are doing remarkable work to enhance the quality of life in the communities they serve. The Kentucky YMCA is a powerful advocate for the development of engaged, socially responsible youth and young adults. With Y-Corps: Service to the World, the Kentucky YMCA will stretch beyond our current borders, engaging in meaningful cultural exchange and establishing mutually beneficial relationships with partner YMCAs around the world.
In 2013, Y-Corps Service to the World program engaged young adults in international activities by partnering with the Cape Town YMCA and the Cape Flats YMCA in South Africa. We engaged our young adult alumni, offering this first opportunity to those who have a passion for serving others, a desire to be exposed to the cultures and work of YMCAs around the world, and previous experience with the Y-Corps program.
In our effort to develop this program, the Kentucky YMCA hopes to offer those, both here and in our partner countries, who might never have the opportunity to truly experience another culture the chance to do just that. In this way, the YMCA can continue to develop socially responsible young people by fostering meaningful relationships that contribute to a broader global perspective that is more tolerant, productive, and beneficial to humanity.
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|is:• Firstly, a learning experience
• Platform for asking questions
• A probe of ethnic identities
• Conflict education
• A lesson in diplomacy
• A place to question your own conclusions
• Spiritual exploration
• Grounded in principles of teamwork
• Commitment to uphold all program expectations
(readings, lectures, group fundraising, etc.)
• Development of KY YMCA alumni culture
|is NOT:• Political advocacy
• A platform for drawing hard-line conclusions
• Merely a 2-week commitment
• Lens through which to group religious, ethnic, and national identities
• A vacation or sight-seeing tour
• Religious pilgrimage
• An establishment of an alumni hierarchy or sub-culture
• Static (Don’t form expectations about future STTW programs based on this one.)