An Interview with Dr David Suh in Commemoration of the 177th Anniversary of the Founding of YMCA


YMCA Youth Led Solution Summit- The Future of Work: Regional Roundtable

The YMCA Youth-Led Solutions Summit on ‘The Future of Work’,(YLSS) was organized on 7-9 June 2021 by the World YMCA. Over 400 members from 90 countries participated in the Summit. Three days Summit hosted four plenary sessions and around 48 breakout sessions including workshops, roundtable discussions, Q&As, networking, and deep-dive panels that provided opportunities to connect with peers and experts.

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The regional roundtable discussion on the topic "Preparing Young People for the Future of Work- Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Economic Development and Jobs" was part of the (YLSS). The International Labour Organization (ILO)  and the Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY)  jointly organized the regional roundtable discussion on 8 June 2021  through the online platform Hopin. Around 45 delegates participated in the discussion.
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YMCA Joint Youth Workshop in Bangladesh

170 youth participated in the youth workshop among them, 35 youth members came from Savar YMCA. Participants were from various churches and organizations of Savar area. The youth workshop was a joint collaboration of Savar YMCA and Dharenda Mission Tarun Sangha, organized on 26 June 2021, on the theme “Ethics and Morality”.

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Global Virtual Youth Chill Out Event

More than 60 youth from different YMCAs worldwide gathered on Saturday 26 June 2021 to meet online, talk, discuss, think, reflect and be connected during the pandemic. Young people are vulnerable to loneliness and isolation during the Covid 19 pandemic. The Global Youth Virtual Chill Out event is networking with YMCAs worldwide to provide space for a monthly virtual hangout – a welcoming, fun-filled and safe space for young people.

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Waste Wood Upcycling Workshop @ Mei Foo Farm Fest

According to the government figures, Hong Kong sends more than 380 tonnes of wood and rattan to municipal landfills every day. YMCA of Hong Kong strives to protect the environment and encourage people in the community to play meaningful roles in turning ‘wastes’ into boons for the environment. Therefore, we kick-started the project of the Waste Wood Upcycling Workshop in March 2021.

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Makati YMCA Partners with YMI ASP for Renewable Energy

The YMCA of Makati Inc. (Makati YMCA) in the Philippines signed a Climate Action Partnership with Y’s Men International Asia Pacific Area (YMI-ASP) for a Renewable Energy Project last June 19, 2021. The historical virtual signing ceremony was graced by YMCA and YMI Leaders from the International and Asia Pacific Area; APAY General Secretary Mr Nam Boo Won and YMI IPIP Jennifer Jones were among those present.

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YMI formed new Clubs in YMCA Myanmar & the 87th East Asia Regional Conference

In a challenging situation, Y’s Men’s International and Southeast Asia Region Y’s Men’s International show support and encouragement. A Joint Hybrid Charter Ceremony was held on the 5th of June. The four new clubs members had the opportunity to participate in the 87th Southeast Asia Regional Conference on the 19th of June. Maung Maung Win NGS of Myanmar YMCA was chosen to serve as Southeast Asia Regional Service Director of YMCA Liaison.

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Minority Narratives: Pakistani Minorities are groping in the dark in Search of a National Identity

In recent years, many citizens from the religious minorities of Pakistan have given up hope of fair treatment and sought to migrate to other countries. These have included some Christian citizens. It is unfortunate that despite this the government has not to sought to address the concerns of the religious minorities while pushing for uniformity to the education system, says Emanuel Sarfraz.

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SOLIDARITY SPACE

YMCA Canada urges Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Intervention in Myanmar for Peace& Democracy

APAY profoundly appreciates the support, solidarity and advocacy action taken by the YMCA Canada in addition to its fund-raising efforts for the members of Myanmar YMCA.  Their efforts have benefitted the humanitarian emergency work for the victims, families and communities greatly affected by the military regime. YMCA Canada’s action to write the letter “An urgent call for intervention in Myanmar” to the Prime Minister of Canada is courageous and powerful!

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ANNOUNCEMENT

YMCA New Zealand elects Eileen Basher as National President.

Eileen became involved with the YMCA as a Board member for Greater Wellington in 2018. She is sure that being part of several Y leadership programs as a teenager helped form her leadership skills today. She is keen to try and ensure that these programs deliver to today’s youth. Eileen has strong governance experience through her senior management roles. She is currently General Manager, Evidence and Insights at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where she leads a branch to deliver evidence and insights to base policy decisions on and to monitor the current situation in various sectors.

In Memoriam of Late Robert Steer Huthart

(02.04.1922 – 04.03.2021)

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APAY e-News June 2021


1.An Interview with Dr David Suh in Commemoration of the 177th Anniversary of the Founding of YMCA

2.YMCA Youth Led Solution Summit- The Future of Work: Regional Roundtable

3.YMCA Joint Youth Workshop in Bangladesh

4.Global Virtual Youth Chill Out Event

5.Waste Wood Upcycling Workshop @ Mei Foo Farm Fest

6.Makati YMCA Partners with YMI ASP for Renewable Energy

7.YMI formed new Clubs in YMCA Myanmar & the 87th East Asia Regional Conference

8.Minority Narratives: Pakistani Minorities are groping in the dark in Search of a National Identity

9.YMCA Canada urges Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Intervention in Myanmar for Peace& Democracy

10.YMCA New Zealand elects Eileen Basher as National President.

11.In Memoriam of Late Robert Steer Huthart





Dear friends and colleagues,

We wish to bring you warm greetings of the New Year from APAY. We hope you have started 2021, with a fresh mind, healthy body and renewed spirit amid unabating pandemic in our region and beyond.

Though we continue to face multiple challenges – both personally and professionally, we will not lose hope that is promised by our God. We are called to stand firm on God’s promises and envision courageously “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1) It is still uncertain what the ‘new normal’ would be ahead of us? Nevertheless, we are called to continue to read and reflect on the signs of our time and be awakened by the ‘wake-up call’ posed by the pandemic! In this regard, we would like to introduce you a Prayer in the form of a Poem written by a theologian titled: “At the edge of a New Normal”.

Our “normal ways” are reassuring to us:

It is our normal way to slot people for wealth and poverty;

It is our normal way to classify people as “us” and “other”;

It is our normal way to prefer males to the other gender;

It is our normal way to distinguish heteros and the “other.”