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Get ready to celebrate the amazing youth of our nation on YMA Day on June 15! This day was first established in 1974 by the National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations (YMCA) as a way to recognize and honor young people for their positive contributions to society. It's a day to inspire and empower the next generation to make a difference in their communities and beyond. From volunteer work to leadership roles, there are countless ways that young individuals can make an impact and this day celebrates just that. So let's come together and show our support for our future leaders on YMA Day!

History of YMA Day

YMA Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1844</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>YMCA Formation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The YMCA was first established in London, England to improve the spiritual and physical conditions of the youth.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1851</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>YMCA in the United States</div><div class='timeline-text'>YMCA expanded to the United States, opening a branch in Boston, highlighting its commitment to reaching out to a global community of youths.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1974</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of YMA Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations (YMCA) established YMA Day to honor and inspire young people making positive contributions to society.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Advocacy Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Congress passed a resolution recognizing Youth Mentoring Advocates Day showing national support and acceptance of this initiative.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Expansion of YMA Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Recognition of YMA Day grows outside of the United States, with similar initiatives observed in other countries, acknowledging the importance of youth mentoring on a global scale.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increasing Engagement</div><div class='timeline-text'>Social media campaigns raised awareness about YMA Day and further increased engagement, turning the day into a communal event that united advocates across the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate YMA Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a YMA themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family to celebrate YMA Day with a themed party! Decorate with YMA merchandise, serve YMA inspired food and drinks, and play YMA related games for a fun and festive celebration.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a charity event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use YMA Day as an opportunity to give back to the community by hosting a charity event. This could be a fundraiser, volunteer day, or donation drive for a cause that aligns with YMA's values and mission.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a YMA activity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get involved in a YMA activity to celebrate the day. This could include attending a workshop, participating in a mentorship program, or joining a local chapter of YMA to connect with other like-minded individuals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create YMA-inspired artwork</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make some YMA-themed artwork to display on YMA Day. This could be a painting, drawing, sculpture, or any other form of art that represents the values and mission of YMA.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your YMA story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take to social media and share your personal YMA journey and how the organization has impacted your life. Use the hashtag #YMADay to join in on the conversation and inspire others to get involved with YMA.</p></div></div>

Why YMA Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates the contributions of young musicians</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>YMA Day is a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the talent and hard work of young musicians. It shines a spotlight on the next generation of artists and gives them a platform to showcase their skills and achievements.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages and inspires young musicians</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For many aspiring musicians, seeing others their age excelling in their craft can be incredibly motivating. YMA Day serves as a reminder that with dedication and hard work, anything is possible, and it encourages young musicians to continue pursuing their passion.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes the importance of music education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>YMA Day also brings attention to the value of music education and the impact it can have on a young person's life. By highlighting the achievements of young musicians, it emphasizes the importance of investing in music education programs and supporting the development of future artists.</p></div></div>

5 Youthful Facts for Inspiring YMA Day


When is YMA Day?

YMA Day is celebrated on June 15th every year. In 2024 YMA Day will occur on a Saturday.

YMA Day Dates



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