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From its inception, it grew rapidly and ultimately became a worldwide movement founded on the principles of muscular Christianity. Local YMCAs deliver projects and services focused on youth development through a wide variety of youth activities, including providing athletic facilities, holding classes for a wide variety of skills, promoting Christianity, and humanitarian work. They were concerned about the lack of healthy activities for young men in major cities; the options available were usually taverns and brothels. Williams' idea grew out of meetings he held for prayer and Bible-reading among his fellow workers in a business in the city of London,  and on 6 June , he held the first meeting that led to the founding of YMCA with the purpose of "the improving of the spiritual condition of young men engaged in the drapery, embroidery , and other trades. By , YMCA started a popular series of lectures held that went on to be held at Exeter Hall , London, from , and the lectures started being published the following year, with the series ran until YMCA was associated with Industrialisation and the movement of young people to cities to work. YMCA "combined preaching in the streets and the distribution of religious tracts with a social ministry.
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Make those miles count and join our club! Members have one year to swim the 50 miles. Upon completion, you will receive a club t-shirt. Seniors and youth members will not have a time limit. Private swim lessons are the perfect answer for the participant who cannot make our scheduled group lessons or need that extra attention. The benefits of a private swim lesson are that they are scheduled for your convenience, and you can focus your lesson on what you want to learn: to dive, to swim, to complete a triathlon!
Opens in a new window Give. Opens in a new window Read His Statement. With COVIDrelated school closures and the urgency for essential workers to report to work, there is a critical need for safe child care options across the country. In response, the Y is offering emergency child care at more than locations for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders. Amid school closures and economic uncertainty, a rapidly increasing number of people are facing food insecurity. In response, hundreds of Ys nationwide are providing free grab-and-go meals to help address this serious issue.