3 July 2018

YMCA Derbyshire CEO Gillian Sewell has been invited to coordinate the daily act of worship at the forthcoming 19th YMCA World Council convention taking place in Thailand from 8-14 July. The meeting brings together over 1,300 people and celebrates 700 young participants who are fully integrated into the programme and are considered leaders of today and tomorrow.

YMCA Derbyshire Chair and YMCA World President Peter Posner will also be participating in the week, which is focused around the theme of ‘Youth Empowerment 4 Good’ and dedicated to our global focus and long-term vision of empowering young people.

The first World Council convened in 1855 with 99 delegates representing nine countries. On 8 July 2018, the World YMCA looks forward to hosting delegates from over 100 countries around the world. ‘Youth Empowerment 4 Good’ is an ongoing commitment to our “4” long-term strategic focus areas: employment, health, environment, civic engagement. “4 good” is a confirmation of ‘forever’ and ‘for good works’: the result of our collective impact.

Gillian Sewell, Chief Executive of YMCA Derbyshire, said: “It is a real privilege working with YMCA Secretary General elect Carlos Sanvee and colleagues from across the globe preparing material for YMCA World Council devotions in Thailand in July. 6 days, 6 themes, 5 world areas across 119 countries.”

Peter Posner OBE, said: “It is an honour to have been the President of World YMCA, the world’s oldest and largest youth movement, for the past four years.  The World Council meeting happens somewhere in the world every four years. With mine and YMCA Derbyshire’s CEO Gillian Sewell’s active engagement in this week-long global convention, it brings Derby to the heart of the world and the world to Derby.”

The World YMCA team, headed by Secretary General Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, said: “Chiang Mai is going to be a wonderful venue for the World Council. This World Council is the opportunity to be creative and to innovate new ways to empower more youth … for good works and forever. Empowering young people is in the DNA of the YMCA global movement – and always will be.”