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Diversity, Inclusion & Global Events

For more information regarding these events please contact Cristina Ballesteros at [email protected]


Lunch & Learn Series 2015

Join the Y for an opportunity to learn, share and connect. A variety of topics discussing inclusion, diversity and the global YMCA movement will be featured.

Topics and Dates:

May 6, 2015: Tijuana YMCA and serving immigrant populations

August 28, 2015: Tools for working with different Abilities

October 12, 2015: Generations in the Workplace

For more information contact Cristina Ballesteros at [email protected]


May 18, 2015

Going Global Celebration

Location: Copley-Price YMCA


Information: Association staff will come together to celebrate the amazing work accomplished during Going Global month. Global Ambassadors will share and network with YMCA leaders from across the Association. To view pictures of our Going Global visit about-us/global/going-global-.html.

May 15, 2014

Going Global Celebration

Location: YMCA Camp Surf

Information: Association staff will come together to celebrate the amazing work accomplished during Going Global month. Global Ambassadors will share and network with YMCA leaders from across the Association. To view pictures of our Going Global visit about-us/global/going-global-.html.

June 6, 2014

YMCA World Challenge Day

Information: YMCA World Challenge Day - YMCAs around the globe will join in signing a petition to support youth. From now till June 6th, millions will declare that they stand up for young people by signing a global youth declaration, organizing local events, and igniting social networks with our message.

From now until June 6th millions will declare that they stand up for young people by signing a global youth declaration, organizing local events, and igniting social networks with our message. The South Bay Family YMCA will be hosting several events in honor of World Challenge Day. For more information please visit http://www.borderview.ymca.org/membership/june-6.html.

Want to learn more about World Challenge Day? please watch this video


Please contact Cristina Ballesteros, Association Director of Diversity & Inclusion at [email protected] for more information.


June 29 - July 5

World Council of YMCAs: Empowering Young People

Location: Estes Park, Colorado.

Information: The World Council of YMCAs is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the World Alliance of YMCAs (WAY), a federation of national Y movements from 119 countries. Organized by WAY, World Council meets every four years.

Website: http://2014.ymca.int/




Want a glimpse of the World Council 2014? Take a look at the video below!



September 10 - 12

EMLE: Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience

Location: Long Beach, California.

Information: The Emerging Multicultural Leadership Experience (EMLE) is a learning experience designed to provide emerging professional staff of color that are full-time the opportunity to become further engaged and connected to the Y Movement. By learning from and connecting with Multi-Team/Branch and Organizational Leaders who are dedicated to educating and mentoring younger staff leading to a deeper engagement with the Y Movement, participants will become better positioned to grow and thrive at the Y.

For more information, please contact Cristina Ballesteros, Association Director of Diversity & Inclusion at [email protected]

October 29 - 31

Global Centers for Excellence Network

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Information: Held every year by YMCA of the USA, the Global Centers for Excellence Network event is designed to actively engage GCE (Global Centers of Excellence) leaders to share experiences and best practices by building and strengthening the network. Leaders come together to learn and share in an effort to better engage and serve diverse communities.