We have a range of case studies available highlighting the issues young people in YMCAs face, including homelessness, gangs, crime, drugs, unemployment and exclusion from school. Please find examples of these case studies below with links to the case studies in full.
To find out more or to discuss any other case study needs, please contact our press office. We can also arrange for spokespeople to speak on any of the issues above.
Laura was someone who didn’t think school was for her. She frequently truanted and misbehaved and wasn’t doing well. But then she joined a YMCA project for young people who have been excluded from school.
Kash, 19 has spent much of his life in foster care. After joining a gang he got involved in crime and violence. After being arrested for robbing someone, his dad kicked him out of home. Kash decided it was time to turn his life around and he was taken in by the YMCA.
Marie is a former YMCA resident who was given help to get back on track and now lives on her own. But she was unemployed and started volunteering in her local YMCA shop to get some retail experience.
Four out of ten men aged 35 and over don’t currently do the recommended weekly level of exercise. The Y Active Men Programme, run in 2010, was a 12-week programme to encourage this age group to get active.