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Global Services - International Partnerships


The YMCA is a global movement dedicated to advancing equity and inclusion for all. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s role in this movement goes beyond borders through international partnerships. By supporting YMCA World Service and our partner Y, YMCA Senegal, we’re able to help YMCAs around the world deliver vital community development programming in the areas of vocational training, education and literacy, health education and youth leadership development. International partnerships enable our YMCA to think globally, act locally and serve beyond borders for all.

Partnering For Global Good

In 2005, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte established a partnership with YMCA Senegal in Dakar, Senegal in West Africa. For over 10 years, our YMCAs have partnered through sharing resources and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and West Africa to support sustainable development. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte financially supports the Senegal Y’s literacy and education efforts by funding the construction of additional classrooms at the Senegal Y Primary School. First established in 1999, the primary school serves over 240 children in Dakar and provides families with quality education at affordable tuition rates. YMCA Senegal is recognized as a key organization contributing to the advancement of the education system in Senegal.

Learning Through Global Service

The Y values the diverse array of talent and experience that each individual brings to our movement. By developing one’s global competencies and perspectives, we enhance the Y’s ability to positively impact our changing and increasingly diverse communities. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Global

Service Learning

program is a leadership development opportunity for Y staff and teen program participants, aimed at developing culturally competent and globally aware leaders in the YMCA. The Global Service Learning program includes an investment of time and funds both locally and globally through volunteer service in Charlotte and an international experience with the Senegal YMCA in West Africa. The program empowers Y leaders as champions of diversity, inclusion and global engagement to strengthen and expand the YMCA mission locally and globally.


To learn more about the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s international partnerships, contact Candace.Murray@ymcacharlotte.org.