Global Outreach

The Y is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to strengthen the community. We are dedicated to supporting, welcoming, celebrating, educating and connecting diverse demographic populations in the U.S. and around the world, so that all people can reach their full potential and our changing communities are united and strong.

Building Community

The YMCA of San Diego County supports strengthening the global community locally as well in other countries, ensuring access and inclusion, as well as empowering youth and adults to be global citizens.

Today, the Y is in 125 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North America. Locally governed and managed, Y's serve people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes.

Global Service

As part of the YMCA of the USA World Service Campaign, we recognize our responsibility as part of a global movement. The YMCA of San Diego County is active in the international community, working with partner Ys in other countries to promote long-term, sustainable development. Partnerships are developed based on the mutual interests of both Ys and include activities like trips for relief or development, youth exchange, service learning and cross-cultural education. Our current partners are listed below.

Mexico – Strategic planning, technical assistance, population engagement, fundraising development, camp counselor exchanges and service projects.

Brazil – The International Youth Program includes service exchange, leadership skills, and curriculum to foster cross-cultural global learning.

South Africa – Educational and cultural exchanges, community service projects.

These efforts are carried out thoughtfully to enhance our mission in San Diego County and we strive for mutual growth, learning, and benefit of all involved.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Y excels by intentionally engaging the entire organization, actively involving staff and volunteers in the development and implementation of diversity, inclusion, and global efforts. This helps our YMCA Association create an environment where members and the community feel appreciated, connected and welcomed. Ensuring that Y staff, volunteers, members and community stakeholders know and represent the community is vital to organizational success and advancing the Y’s key pillar of strengthening community.

Recruitment and Retention: ​The Y actively and intentionally recruits from a diverse pool of candidates and actively seeks ways to promote and support current staff and volunteers.

Leadership Development: Staff and volunteers are trained to be inclusive leaders through the development of cultural competencies, as well as through participation in a variety of professional development opportunities.

Measurement: Y leaders, both staff and volunteers on our board, are engaged and accountable for diversity and inclusion goals, as well as participate in measuring progress.

Community Engagement of immigrant and newcomer populations.

Going Global Program

Our Going Global program focuses on developing global leaders through our youth programs by incorporating educational activities where children can learn while having fun.

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Global Center for Excellence

The YMCA of San Diego County is recognized by the YMCA of the USA as a Global Center for Excellence (GCE). The GCE is a group of pioneer YMCA Associations committed to creating and replicating global best practices at home and abroad.

For more information regarding global outreach, please contact Cristina Ballesteros, Association Director – Diversity, Inclusion & Recruitment, at [email protected] or (858) 292-9622.