In an increasingly globalized society with rapidly changing demographics impacting communities of all sizes, YMCAs across the United States are discovering the need for – and significant advantages of – changing what it means to engage in global work. Since 1918, the University YMCA has hosted programs to foster international understanding and cultural awareness and provide service to international students, faculty, and staff. Our programs include international collaboration projects in Sierra Leone as well as local programs aimed at cultural exchange and communication.
Additional information can be found on each program by following the links below.
- Foster the growth of the next generation of cause-driven leaders through learning opportunities both abroad and at Illinois.
- Demonstrate the impact of a partnership-based strategy in addressing grand challenges in sustainable community development and to communicate best practices to peer institutions using a social justice lens.
The YMCA’s New American Welcome Center (NAWC) is designed to help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. Programs and services include:
- Integration Services
- Collaborations with community leaders and businesses
- Strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S. born residents
- Family and friends in a fun-filled night of food and performance
- Food from all over the world
- Performances from community and campus members
Want to get involved?
Contact _______ at ——@universityymca.org or call at 217-337-1500