Story: Youth organisations

YMCA (1st of 2)


Members of the Nelson branch of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) take part in a gymnastic display outside their clubrooms in the 1920s. While the YMCA was a religious organisation, it emphasised building a healthy body to ensure a healthy mind. Over time the YMCA diversified and by the 21st century it was more of a community service organisation than one just focused on youth.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Frederick Nelson Jones Collection (PAColl-3051)
Reference: 1/2-026156-G
Photograph by Frederick Nelson Jones

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Helen Dollery, 'Youth organisations - Christian youth organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Helen Dollery, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 Jan 2019