CHRISTIAN EMPHASIS PROGRAMME
YMCA is a Christian movement that has all along developed programmes geared towards Christian growth and maturity. This has been achieved through bible studies, prayer meetings, daily devotion activities and fellowships which have been integrated in YMCA programmes.
SPORTS AND RECREATION PROGRAMMES
Based on the YMCA triangle, YMCA has emphasized the body to augment the fulfillment of the body side of the triangle. YMCA branches have initiated diverse sports and recreational programmes. These range from tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball, music, football, aerobics, snooker and karate and other indoor sports programmes and activities.
TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES
The first vocational training center opened its doors in 1966 and since then 11 VTCs have been established offering diverse marketable skills like secretarial, computer, accounts, motor vehicle mechanics, catering and tailoring and dressmaking among others.The courses are designed to enhance the chances of youth securing self or gainful employment in their communities.
The rapid expansion of YMCA services to the rural areas and other smaller towns in the country has made it possible for the YMCA to provide youth with marketable skills. With training in various skills, youth have been able to secure both self and gainful employment in their community.
This comprises of early childhood programmes and primary school education. Six branches are offering nursery school education while three are offering primary school education; up to class eight and the other two have classes up to class three. These programmes have complimented government efforts of promoting and raising literacy levels. The combined students’ enrollment currently stands at above 800 for both programmes.
As part of the effort to enhance quality leadership in programme/project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation within the organization, YMCA, has developed a training programme that is designed to address the weakness in strategic design of programmes and promote approaches that improve quality of programmes in YMCA branches and the community. The training has helped in enhancing YMCA ownership and participation in programme design and planning.
HIV & AIDS AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROGRAMMES
The advent of HIV and AIDS scourge necessitated the initiation of HIV & AIDS prevention and advocacy programmes and reproductive health programmes. The programmes are designed to trigger behaviour change, which is widely believed to be the sure way to curbing further spread of the pandemic. Through peer education, training, life skills development, advocacy, theatrical activities and video shows in churches and schools, thousands of youths have been reached with behaviour change. Information and communication. The programmes have contributed to reducing the prevalence rate in the country.
The YMCA is reputed for specialized camping programmes designed for the youth. This has been important in the fulfillment of YMCA purpose of developing the body, mind and spirit. The camping programme takes youth out for adventure and training in life skills. It enables them to relax their minds after vigorous academic work, make friends, and gain experiences and knowledge as they socialize in harmony under the guidance and supervision of trained youth leaders and counselors.
YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES
Youth exchange programmes are organized on regular basis both within the country and outside the country to promote cultural understanding. Youth who participate in these programmes are expected to share their experiences with their fellow youth. The programme takes the youth to different parts of the country and overseas with the cardinal objective of promoting cultural and world understanding and peace.
In order to safeguard the environment and prevent further degradation of the environment, Kenya YMCA has been engaging youth in tree planting and clean up activities in their respective communities. Plans are underway to blend the activities with educative programmes that will spell out the benefits of conserving the environment to different communities within the country.
The YMCA Hi-Y programme; is a school, college and church based teens/youth programme that is designed to enhance the process of developing the spirit, mind and body through activities that meet the developmental needs of youth/teens e.g goal setting, developing healthy relationships, developing the intellect and incorporating physical fitness into their busy lives.
Tutoring / Special Needs Volunteerism( By Hi-Y Clubs in schools, colleges, Universities and churches) – The YMCA will provide a wealth of volunteer programmes ranging from producing newsletters, magazines, administrative work, audio- visual and video work camp counseling, training, mentoring, meeting/ event planning and presentation of reports. This develops positive experiences both personally and professionally.
Local internship programme for college and University students; To provide a four to get months opportunities for youth in colleges to gain experience and enrich their resumes.
Youth empowerment and leadership development programmes; aimed at building the skills of the youth in all aspects of life including counseling, career guidance, entrepreneurship, leadership and sports skills development which encompasses experiential learning as well.
Youth violence prevention; The activity is used whenever possible to engage youth in civic education on peace and development as part of service learning and civic engagement to create connections with peers and community leaders.
Green Earth (environmental)programme: To entail education on environmental, clean up and tree planting activities to save the country from destruction associated with environmental degradation.
Growing Your Own Community programme: Youth focused programme crafted for attracting and keeping youth members by emphasizing relationship building, safety, service learning, civic engagement, skill building in alongterm and progressive approach.
The YMCA Ambassador programme: Developed as an important tool for membership retention. The programme is designed to move new members from a casual relationship (short term purchaser of service; a user of the YMCA services and facilities) to a relationship that is deeper which makes a members to give his/her time, talent and treasure and be an advocate of YMCA. The programme has proved excellent in meaningful involvement of members.
Subject to Citizen: The Kenya YMCA is implementing the s2c philosophy with the view of empowering the young people with a credible voice, space and skills to engage leaders constructively. The philosophy has four components namely; youth action, Youth Justice, transformative masculinity and economic reinassance designed to empower young people economically through training in financial literacy and business skills development.