About Us

The YMCA has been working in local communities across Australia since 1851 and in Brisbane from 1864, providing children services, recreation, camping, youth services and community initiatives, events, training and accommodation.

The humble beginnings of the Y started a long way from home. The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London, England with a focus on the welfare of young men to gain renewed strength in body, mind and spirit.

Today, we are a vibrant, active community organisation, seeking to make a positive difference by providing each and every person with the opportunity to be healthy, happy and connected.

In Brisbane and Southeast Queensland, we provide a wide range of services. tailored to the needs of the communities we serve. These services include, but are not limited to, youth programs, child care & early education, fitness & recreation, outdoor education & camping, vocational education & accredited training.

The services we provide help fund the benevolent arm of our organisation (which officially operates as Y-Care (South East Queensland) Inc).

We Believe In
The Power Of
Inspired Young People

Our Foundations

We are influenced by a global mission based on Christian values to provide opportunities for all to grow in body, mind and spirit.

Our Focus

We focus on the healthy living, empowerment and social impact of young people.

Our Values

  • We value the whole person, consisting of body, mind and spirit, each of which is of equal importance.
  • We value diversity of people, communities, and nations.
  • We value equality of opportunity and justice for all people.
  • We value healthy communities based on relationships between people which are characterised by love, understanding and mutual respect.
  • We value acceptance and personal responsibility.

Our Core Values

  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

YMCA Becomes The Y

After more than 150 years in Brisbane, YMCA Brisbane is proud to announce a rebrand to the Y, as part of a national brand and logo refresh - the first in Australia in 52 years.

YMCA, an abbreviation of Young Men's Christian Association, is the largest and oldest youth organisation in the world, with a reach of 58 million people globally. However, the movement has evolved to become a far more inclusive organisation that supports everyone, regardless of age, gender, religion, sexuality or difference and the brand should reflect this shift.

The fresh new logo was developed by a collective of the Y brand leads across Australia, and pays tribute to the brand's heritage by retaining the triangle element of the Y's "Body Mind Spirit" Mission, but the new name reflects the legacy of celebrating and supporting diversity with all communities.

The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we work upon and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
The YMCA of Brisbane is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
The YMCA of Brisbane ABN: 61 028 995 366
Y-Care (South East Queensland) Inc. ABN: 85 051 706 001
© The Y Brisbane 2021