The Y has been supporting the Canberra region for 80 years.

Established in 1941, when Canberra was a young city with just over 10,000 people, the Y has literally grown side-by-side with the nation’s capital.

The very first YMCA was founded in London by George Williams in 1844 to support young men during a time of great poverty. The Y is now located in over 120 countries and has been supporting the Canberra Region for 80 years. In 2020 YMCA Canberra and YMCA Queanbeyan merged to become one local “Y” and better support the Canberra region, providing services as far as Bungendore in NSW. Learn more about Y Canberra’s History here.

Learn More About Us

Our history, where we are today and our vision for tomorrow all play an important part of the Y Canberra Region.


Few, if any YMCAs worldwide, have been integrally involved in building the social and leadership fabric of a planned and purpose built national capital city. YMCA Canberra, which was established in 1941, has that unique honour.

Our Vision, Mission & Strategic Plan

Our Vision, Mission and Strategy 2030 – to create a better world with and for young people.


Meet the current Leadership Team and Board Directors and see past presidents, general secretaries and CEOs.


Publications produced by the Y Canberra including Annual Reports and our Constitution.

Life Members

Life Membership is awarded to past staff or volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional and enduring leadership, fostered the development of  the Y Canberra Region, and exemplified the ideals of the YMCA in his or her personal and professional lives.

Partners and Supporters

The Y Canberra Region could not do the work it does without support from generous contributors in the community. We would like to recognise and thank all those listed below for their support.