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International YMCA Newsletter - Jan 2010

International YMCA Newsletter - Jan 2010

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INTERNATIONAL YMCA SERVING THE WORLD SINCE 1911

ON POVERTY
• More than one billion people worldwide live on less than US$1 per day • Roughly 250 M children work instead of attending school, many in hazardous conditions • 6M children worldwide die annually from malnutrition before their 5th birthday • More than 15 M in the US live on annual incomes of less than the $22,050 federal poverty threshold for a family of four —from the World Bank

International Y News
The International YMCA~A Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York
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J-1 Visa Update
As reported in the last newsletter, the U.S State Department proposed a new rule in September 2009 requiring prospective international summer camp counselors to provide proof of placement at a camp in the United States before a visa can be issued to come to the United States. The new rule would also require camps and other J-1 visasponsoring organizations for international counselors to acquire a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) identification number from Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. The public comment period on this new regulation expired in November 2009. Many comments were submitted and the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is aware of the concerns with regard to this new rule and reviewing them. As a result, the duced in Congress on this issue at this time. According to State Department officials, the final rule is scheduled be finalized around March 2010. “Thank you” to all who took the time to submit comments and objections. The fall advocacy campaign for expressing concerns about the proposed changes in the J-1 visa regulations did have an effect. International YMCA programs potentially effected by regulation changes include the International Camp Counselor Program, Work & Travel, and Trainees & Interns. We look forward to learning the outcome of the current 60day review period and will continue to keep our varied constituents informed.

The U.S. Department of State authorizes the International YMCA to sponsor J-1 visa programs for cultural exchange visitors to the USA
State Department is now in the process of amending RIN 1400AC36 to take into account these objections, as well as others raised in the public comment period. No legislation has been intro-

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Response to Haiti Crisis

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ICCP at 2 Conferences Cape Town Study Tour Jerusalem Study Tour

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New Web Site — New Logo
The International YMCA’s web site has a new and improved look, and a new logo! Please bear with us as the conversion and updating is a “work in progress.” Throughout the site,

Go Global in 4 Brazil Photos Wanted

www.internationalymca.org

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there are references and links to our “old” site so that the site is still functional and with information available. Please send any comments and observations to Ashish Patel:

Best Wishes for 2010!

apatel@ymcanyc.org

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YUSA Responds to Haiti Crisis
YMCA of the USA is deeply saddened and aggrieved by the tragic earthquake in Haiti. The Haitian people are suffering a crisis of a magnitude no one can comprehend. The evening of the earthquake, Gwenael Apollon, General Secretary of the Haiti YMCA, reported that he, his family, and YMCA staff survived, but that YMCA operations have been severely impacted. The global YMCA movement is responding in a coordinated effort to address the immediate needs of the children, families and devastated communities in Port au Prince, and surrounding areas through financial support. Working in collaboration with the Red Cross, Action Churches Together and other relief and emergency agencies, YMCAs around the world are responding to the urgent basic needs of those displaced by providing food, water, medicines, blankets; and in the longer term, care and psycho-social counseling. In addition, the Dominican Republic YMCA and the Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs, with support from the global YMCA movement, is planning to deliver critical supplies and support to those impacted. Beyond these immediate efforts, the YMCA will also evaluate the long-term needs for the impacted communities to ensure the security and stability of children, youth and families of Haiti. If you would like to support our efforts in Haiti, please donate to YMCA World Service by visiting www.ymca.net/worldservice or by calling the YMCA of the USA International Group at (800) 872-9622. (Please note: When donating online, it is important to specify “Haiti Earthquake Support” in the “Comments/special instructions” box at the bottom of the online donation page to ensure immediate designation of your contribution.) To contribute by mail please send a check (payable to YMCA World Service with “Haiti Earthquake Support” noted in the memo line) to YMCA of the USA, attention YMCA World Service, 101 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606 Updates on the YMCA’s efforts will be posted as they become available. For more information, please contact the YMCA of the USA International Group at (800) 872-9622. We ask for your support, hope and prayers for the Haiti YMCA and the people of Haiti.

The International YMCA and the YMCA of Greater New York are resonding also

Donate to YMCA World Service by calling the YMCA of the USA International Group at 800/872-9622 or visiting ymca.net/worldservice

www.ymca.net/worldservice for photos, updates, reports or to make a contribution

Visit With ICCP at Conferences
The International YMCA’s International Camp Couns e lo r Program (ICCP) will be attending the following conferences and available to meet with camp staff interested in hiring international staff for their summer program. No fee increase over 2009 and a preferred YMCA rate!

The Northeast

YMCA Camp Gathering Greenkill Retreat Center Huguenot, NY January 27-29

Applications for Camp Counselors & Program Specialists, and for Support Staff (office, kitchen & food service, and maintenance), are already available for viewing online— www.internationalymca.org/ ICCP/home.shtml Returning Staff & Direct Placements also and ONLY $380 via easy online process. Account Representatives are available TOLL FREE 888/477-9622

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ACA National

Denver—February 16-19 ACA Tri-State

Atlantic City—March 16-19 ACA New England

Manchester, NH March 25-27

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Cape Town S.A. Study Tour—An Inspiration
Nkosinathi Buyana (l), Tabitha Durham (c), Bernard of the Cape Town Y (r)
must live. They make this their lives because they see the tremendous needs in their communities every day. port inside the prisons and on the streets, and leading prevention programs to lead youth toward successful futures. The greatest need for our counterparts in Cape Town is staff training and other sustainable resources (programmatic & financial). Our Study Tour group has already hosted one staff person from South Africa in the U. S. this year. The Study Tour group will continue to create opportunities in 2010 and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the youth we met, and help make the work of our YMCA colleagues even more impactful. For more information on future YMCA Study Tours, or to get involved in supporting the amazing work of the YMCA in South Africa, contact Chad Nico Hiu, chiu@ymcanyc.org Editor’s Note: The Study Tour Leaders were Elaine Edmonds, retired Executive Director of NYC’s Harlem YMCA and Chad Hiu, International Y’s Director for Teen and Outbound Programs. This article was written by Michelle LaRue, Communications Director at the YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Co., Tacoma (WA), and one of the Study Tour participants. Study Tour Participants
Susan Buckwalter Y Camp Hi-Rock (MA) Tabitha Durham, YMCA of Fort Wayne (IN) Marcia Carpenter Jamaica (NYC) YMCA Ryan Conley Chandler/Gilbert Y (AZ) Tabitha Durham SE Family Y (IN) Jiayang Fan Chinatown (NYC) Y Michelle LaRue Y of Pierce & Kitsap Co. Donovan Mouton Y of Greater Kansas City Vernetta Nelson Jamaica (NYC) YMCA Xaxia Sanchez International YMCA (NY) Lisa Stacey (Garcia) Chinatown (NYC) Y Heather Wood Y Camp Wilson (OH)

The inaugural Study Tour to Ca p e T o w n , S o u t h Afr i ca (December 2009), had no shortage of inspiration. Meet Nkosinathi Buyana. He is a full-time youth worker for the Cape Flats YMCA in Cape Town, South Africa. He lives in a house made of corrugated plastic, scrap metal and cardboard, with a leaking roof and no plumbing. He is surrounded by gangs, violence and drugs. He is paid only a small stipend as a YMCA staff person. He has created this life for himself purposely, so he can be present and available for the children and teens that need him most. Nkosinathi’s story is not unique for a YMCA youth worker in Cape Town. The organization is dedicated to helping youth become leaders and disconnect from gangs, drugs and prison. The staff makes this work their lives, regardless of monetary compensation or the circumstances under which they

During the Cape Town Study Tour, thirteen YMCA staff from across the United States met these dedicated staff, witnessed unthinkable living conditions of local youth, and interacted with hundreds of children whose lives are better because of the YMCA. The resiliency and passion exemplified by the staff and volunteers of the Cape Town YMCA served to remind us all of the heart and spirit at the core of the global YMCA movement. We heard 100 children at a YMCA afterschool program sing about making the world a better place. We played soccer with a dozen juvenile offenders serving time at Eureka prison and education center. We conversed with teenagers at Bunney Town juvenile prison who were serving time for murder, rape and theft. We also heard how the YMCA is making a difference in each of these places by acting as mentors, providing sup-

Next Study Tour: Jerusalem—May 9-11, 2010
Witness first-hand the world-wide scope and global impact of the work of the YMCA in one of the most historically rich and complex regions of the world. The trip will be led by Bonnie Mairs, retired executive director of the International YMCA and leader of the 2008 Study Tour to Jerusalem. The itinerary includes visits to the Jerusalem YMCA, East Jerusalem YMCA, YMCA Peniel-by-Galilee, Yad Vashem, Nazareth Village, and Jordan! This tour is open to everyone! Application deadline is February 10, 2010.
For more information, contact Chad Hiu: chiu@ymcanyc.org TOLL FREE 888/477-9622

May 2008 Jerusalem Study Tour Group

OUR PROGRAMS
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ICCP—summer Camp Counselors, Support Staff, Trainees & Interns Summer/Winter Work & Travel
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Global Teens Go Global Study Tours United Nations

ICCP participants from Brazil, ready for the summer at a US camp, recently participated in a training and orientation at the Sao Pao YMCA’s camp

Youth Ambassadors

www.internationalymca.org
Go-Global participant Said Roberts (r) in Brazil See story below

PICTURES WANTED!
PLEASE send us pictures of your program, your international staff, Trainees & Interns, etc. We would love to include them in our newsletter, and on our new web site, and share your international story!

A Go-Global Summer in Brazil
by Said Roberts (university student at CCNY-NY)
I participated in the Summer ‘09 Go Global program with the International YMCA in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My job was working at a local organization that provides study abroad opportunities to Brazilian students. I worked in an office with people that deal with different departments of the organization, CI. My duties were data-entry(in Portuguese), reviewing applications, and conducting phone interviews with applicants to judge them on their English speaking skills. I lived with a Japanese host family (Sao Paulo has a large Japanese population) in a condominium apartment. The host family consisted of a brother and sister. I worked from 12 to 6, Monday through Friday, and took the bus to and from work. It was interesting being in a country that not only is in another hemisphere but also one that speaks another language. I knew some Portuguese but not enough to communicate effectively with others. My co-workers were very helpful and took me around Sao Paulo. While I was in Brazil I experienced favelas (ghettos), football games, nightclubs, social gatherings, city life, and the jungle. ..literally the jungle. Out of all of the days that I had in Brazil, the day I enjoyed the most was a day that I got to spend with children around Sao Paulo at different YMCA project sites. I could see how the media affects children and an idea of how the next generation of Brazilians might think. They also taught me about Afro-Brazilian culture and how to play/dance to the music from northern Brazil. I love Brazil and want to go back as soon as possible!

Send photos with a brief description by email and in JPG format to Ashish Patel: apatel@ymcanyc.org

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