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Numbers and Figures

  • The YMCA Germany is the biggest oecumenic Youth organisation in Germany

  • 260.000 Members

  • 2.200 local YMCAs, 150 Christian Youth Villages

  • 43.000 Volunteers

  • 700 Professionals

  • 8.000 professional Theologians and Educationists in the Christian Youth Village Movement (CJD)

The “Paris Basis”

  • The Basis for the work of the YMCA all over the world:

  • The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate their efforts for the extension of his Kingdom amongst young men.“

  • (1855)

History of the German YMCA

  • 1823: The roots of the German YMCA reach back to the foundation of an association of young men for the purpose of missionary work in “Barmen-Gemarke” in the Ruhr Area by the 16 years old F. W. Isenberg.

  • 1844: Foundation of the first YMCA in London by George Williams.

  • 1855: Creation of the World Alliance of YMCAs, and Paris Basis.

  • 1883: The first German YMCA was founded in Berlin.

The German YMCA today

  • The National Association of the YMCA in Germany (CVJM-Gesamtverband) is the umbrella organisation of the Christian youth work carried out under the names:

  • • „Christlicher Verein Junger Menschen“ (CVJM) Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)

  • • „Evangelisches Jugendwerk in Württemberg“ (ejw) Evangelical Youth Movement

  • • „Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands“ (CJD) Christian Youth Village Movement

Member movements all over Germany

Youth Work

  • Children and Youth Groups: Boys & Gilds Clubs / Teenager Clubs / Young Adults Clubs

  • Adult an Family Clubs

  • Drop-in centres – Open-door work, youth cafés

  • Camping programmes


  • Coordination of German Championships ...

  • ... in table tennis, handball, volleyball, basketball, soccer und indiaca

  • Organisation of European Championships ...

  • ... in handball, table tennis, basketball and volleyball

  • Support of sports groups in the local YMCAs

  • Training of Trainers


  • At about 150 TEN SING-Groups all over Germany

  • Creative Youth Work with teenagers

  • – Music – Show

  • – Choir – Band

  • – Dancing – Theatre

  • – Creativity – Audio Engineering, Light, Sound …

International Department

  • Emergency aid

  • Support for displaced persons and disaster victims

  • Projects against poverty and misery

  • Development aid

  • Cultivation of relations to Partner YMCAs all over the world


  • Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr im CVJM (Inland)

  • Beratung von interessierten Jugendlichen

  • Beratung von Einsatzstellen (im In- und Ausland) und Mitgliedsverbänden

  • Vermittlung von Freiwilligen (Antragstellung und Begleitung)

  • Bildungsarbeit mit Freiwilligen und AnleiterInnen

  • Europäischer Freiwilligendienst im CVJM („Volunteers for Europe“)

The CVJM-Kolleg

  • Das CVJM-Kolleg ist ein Aus- und Fortbildungsinstitut für christliche Jugendarbeit und private Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik

  • Folgende Studiengänge werden zurzeit angeboten: Theologie und Sozialpädagogik

  • Leben und Lernen: Das CVJM-Kolleg hat ein eigenes Wohnheim für die Studierenden in Kassel

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