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YMCA Success Stories

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.


Volunteering with YMCA results in a global career for Lewis

Lewis Semper

Lewis Semper built up his skills and expertise in IT by volunteering at Romford YMCA. This consequently opened out for him a whole world of opportunities.

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Moving on from the street to the beat

Ross - ©Amanda Harman Photography

Ross - ©Amanda Harman Photography

Ross, 19, was on drugs, homeless and suicidal. YMCA changed his life and now he volunteers to help transform other people's.

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Award-winning Jemma proves that volunteering can really pay off

Jemma Masterson with her award

YMCA Worcestershire's Jemma Masterson joined the charity as a volunteer to contribute towards her degree. But her devotion to the cause, determination and commitment eventually won her a fantastic job and a national award. Jemma shares her story.

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A novel way to learn at Grimsby's YMCA Foyer

Shirelle True

Foyer resident Shirelle True is heading to Edinburgh University to study an English Literature and Language degree after achieving excellent 'A' level results and she now has her sights set on becoming a published author.

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Jack's story: From sofa surfing to International Change Agent

Jack Ahearn (centre)

YMCAs around the world are giving space to young people in their communities to grow and realise their potential. Jack Ahearn, a YMCA Change Agent, shares his story:

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Getting Communities Active

Four out of 10 men aged 35 and over don’t currently do the recommended weekly level of exercise.

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A safe place to stay for Amar

Amar is 19. Before moving to the YMCA he had been homeless on and off for three and a half years.

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Truant Laura turns into star pupil

Laura described herself as ‘someone who had decided school wasn’t for them’.  She didn’t do well in class and frequently truanted and misbehaved.

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A fresh start for Kash

Kash is 19. His mum passed away when he was two and he has spent most of his life in foster care. Kash was moved from one home to another and grew up without a sense of belonging.

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Volunteering was a great start for Marie’s retail career

Marie is the Assistant Manager of our shop in Welwyn Garden City. She is a former YMCA resident and wanted to give something back to the organisation by becoming a volunteer. She started volunteering at the shop five days a week.

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