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).
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.