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.
A snapshot of YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program: Milestones over last 20 years
The program offers opportunities for youth to:
Make connections across the country
Build confidence and leadership skills
Become actively involved in their own community
Deepen their connection to their own community and to the country