YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada

Celebrating 20 Years of Exchanges

More Than 20 Years of Experience in Exchanges

The YMCA has been delivering exchanges across Canada since 1976, and has been offering the program with the Government of Canada’s Exchanges Canada program since 2000. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020.
Youth Exchanges Canada is a national exchange program that pairs groups of youth together from across Canada. Groups take turns travelling and hosting each other in their communities.

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A snapshot of YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program: Milestones over last 20 years

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The program offers opportunities for youth to:

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Make connections across the country

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Become actively involved in their own community

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Build confidence and leadership skills

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Deepen their connection to their own community and to the country

Explore the first 20 years of the YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada program and learn more about its evolution and all that we have accomplished

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Discover all the participating groups over the last two decades