To be a worldwide fellowship of men and women of all faiths working together in mutual respect and affection, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, and with a common loyalty to the Young Men’s Christian Association, striving through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all mankind.
Offering relevant programs and services to the Y and Community
- Promote Y staff leadership training
- Promote Time of Fast to support our community
- Provide several shorter-term, multiyear YMI project options for club involvement
- Collaborate with the Y to organize and implement joint community projects
- Develop community-based club projects
Enhance Y Service Clubs Image
- Promote club bulletins at all levels (Club, District, Region, and Area)
- Use Social media to promote local activities, community projects and enhance the global image
Improve Y Service Club Mission and Perception
- Ensure Yʻs Menettes (Womenʻs Club) and Yʻs Youth Clubs feel respected and involved
- Ensure all clubs are open, welcoming and inclusive to everyone
- Enhance pride in membership
Extend Y Service Clubs Around the World
- By 2022 attain at least 50,000 members in 100 countries
- Organize and lead Youth Clubs
BUILDING STRONGER PARTNERSHIP WITH THE Y
While not all Y Service Clubs have established partnerships, the U.S. Area is working to reach and extend its clubs to Ys across the country.
- Leadership Development. Y Service Club members service on Y boards, program committees, fundraising councils, provide educational and professional training opportunities for Y staff.
- Y and Community Service. Y Service Club members conduct work clean-up projects at Y camps, Y facilities or volunteer at day camps, family nights as well as support other non-profit community organizations.
- Financial Support. Y Service Club members generously contribute to the Y Annual Campaign, raise funds for youth programs and special projects as needed by the Y.
“To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right.”
The motto was adopted by Yʻs Men because of the tendency of most people to insist upon full enjoyment of all rights while remaining oblivious to the corresponding duties giving validity to such rights. Just as the green light giving right of way to traffic on one street must have a corresponding red light to warn traffic on the cross street of its duty to stop, so every right we enjoy is founded upon a corresponding duty. Our motto is a constant challenge to us to pay less heed to our rights, and more to the discovery and discharge of their corresponding duties-to transfer the emphasis from rights to duties.
Yʻs Men International will be recognized globally as a service organization promoting cultural awareness leading to brotherhood and world peace.
Paul William Alexander, the founder, and first President Emeritus of Yʻs Menʻs International was born on December 8, 1888, in Toledo. Ohio. He graduated from Dennison University and Havard Law School. After several years in private practice, he became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and later judge of the juvenile and Domestic Courts of Lucas County, Ohio, where he served until his retirement.
Judge Alexander remained an active Yʻs Man leader steering the movement to great glory from his first involvement in 1920 until his death on June 29, 1967. He believed that one fulfills himself as he serves others.
In 1962, the International Board of Yʻs Men adopted December 8 of each year for the celebration of Paul William Alexanderʻs birthday as the Founderʻs Day.
Meet our U.S. Area Leaders
Past Area President