The YMCA values diversity, inclusion and the global community. Collectively, we use the partnerships that we have with over 120 countries to educate and assist those around the world to reach their potential.
For the YMCA of Southern Arizona, the ability to integrate international dimensions into our Y programs is a critical component in maintaining our connection to the global movement. International awareness also connects us to the increasing culturally diverse population right here in our own community.
Casa YMCA is a home for migrant youth in Agua Prieta, Mexico which provides temporary shelter for children between the ages of 8 and 18 who have been deported from the United States. Migrant youth who are separated from their families receive temporary safe shelter, clothing and food until they can be reunited. The CASA YMCA house, of which the YMCA of Southern Arizona is a sponsor, has successfully served more than 2,150 youth since its inception in 2003.
Teen refugee assistance
In an effort to provide support and services to the local refugee community, the YMCA of Southern Arizona partnered with a middle school to provide assistance and programs to refugee students. As the YMCA works with the school and the students, the goal is to strengthen the community, create support systems and provide more assets to the refugee students. Programs are offered to the students that provide them the opportunity to have fun, build friendships and learn teambuilding skills in a safe, supervised environment.
TO ASSIST IN FUNDING
The YMCA of Southern Arizona holds an annual fundraising event to help support Y International programs such as Casa YMCA and refugee assistance. The fundraising event is held at the Gaslight Theatre with a different show each year.