The Poona YMCA was founded in 1884. It is one of the oldest YMCA's in India.It was started in a small way at 6, Arjun Marg (Burnett Road) opposite Race Course Office.
By the grace of God, we constructed YMCA International Home & Activity Centre at 382, New Rasta Peth (Quartergate) in the year 1992. Now it is a Landmark in the city of Pune, which caters to the young people, members and community at large.
YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is a membership organization. It is cosmopolitan in its membership policies. Therefore any person, male or female, irrespective of race, religion, caste, community, class or creed, who are in agreement with the objectives of the Association, can become a member.
& The YMCA runs various programmes and activities, hostels, educational, games and sports, cultural and community development activities, religious and interfaith programmes, through its units and projects situated in cities, towns, villages and remote areas of the country.
The YMCA Movement originally began in post-industrial England of 19th century in London in the drapery establishment of M/s. Hitchcock and Rodgers, in which a young apprentice of 21, George Williams, took the initiative in organizing Bible classes in his bedroom in the nature of mutual edification of the society which brought in a cohesive group of 12 of his co-workers from equal number of denominations of the Christian Church to form the Young Men’s Christian Association on June 6, 1844. The first World Conference was held in Paris in 1855 and adopted the ‘PARIS BASIS’, which even today is the foundation of the Movement.
The Young Men’s Christian Association seeks to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life and to associate their efforts for the extension of His Kingdom amongst young men.