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YMCA
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INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE Young Men's Christian Association NEW YORK CITY PAT. FOR (illegible)
THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. (illegible)

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The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London, England, in June of 1844. At this time, London and other big cities around the world were suffering from widespread urban pollution caused by the Industrial Revolution. The YMCA was created as a Bible study group, educating men and providing social services. The Association was active in World War I and II, fundraising for the war effort and helping displaced refugees. By the end of WWII, over half of the existing YMCAs were admitting women and their outreach efforts took on a more inclusive tone. Today, the YMCA is a prominent, global voice in healthy living, promoting fitness and sports activities.

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Tan, D. W. (n.d.). For Youth Development For Healthy Living For Social Responsibility. Retrieved May 7, 2019, from http://www.mfldymca.org/about_us/history_national.php

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