Our Mission, Vision, Strategy & Values


The Y’s in Australia have set themselves a bold new vision: to create a better world, with and for young people.

Our mission is to empower children, young people and communities Australia-wide to build a just, sustainable, equitable and inclusive world where every person can thrive in body, mind and spirit, and we have committed to drive this change across four pillars of impact – Community Wellbeing, Meaningful Work, Sustainable Planet and A Just World.

We recognise that driving systemic change – creating lasting change by challenging the policies, practices and mindsets which hold us back – is something that the Y is uniquely positioned to do. We have an extensive service profile and deep knowledge on how to support children and young people, from their earliest ages and throughout their life journey.

Strategy 2030

Y Canberra Region has aligned with Y Australia for Strategy 2030 – our blueprint for how we will work together, collectively, over the next 7 years across the 650+ communities in Australia in which the Y operates.

Co-designed by more than 200 Y people and driven by our Youth Voice Steering Group and Member Strategy Squad, Strategy 2030 is our way of bringing together our local impact.

And for the first time in YMCA global history, in the face of the world’s most pressing challenges, the Y stands as one global movement across 120 member countries and over 12,000 communities – with one global mission and four global pillars.

Our Four Pillars of Impact