Last month, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) unveiled a new brand strategy to address America's needs, as well as a name change to "the Y." After surveying "a cross section of Americans to learn more about the most pressing issues and challenges facing their communities today," the Y had found that only 51% of Americans were optimistic about the future while 49% were not.
"This is a very important, exciting time for the Y," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. "For 160 years, we've focused on changing lives for the better… . People are concerned about the problems facing their communities. Like the Y, they understand that lasting change will only come about if we work together to improve our health, strengthen our families and support our neighbors. Our hope is that more people will choose to engage with the Y."
Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 6:22 AM on Aug. 12, 2010
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Answer by NotPanicking at 10:59 AM on Aug. 12, 2010
The best thing about the YMCA is the Homage' to the GAYS by the Village People! : )
If they want to change the name, who cares?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:00 AM on Aug. 12, 2010
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:20 AM on Aug. 12, 2010
Since it is a private organization and not a governmental organization, they can change their name to whatever they want. Most people who do attend/belong (I have a membership--great yoga classes!) call it the Y--changing the name seems to be more of a reflection of a habitual shortening of the title already. I have not had any instances where any Christian agenda was pushed--there is an emphasis on creating and maintaining a friendly, welcoming, and respectful atmosphere, but nothing that denotes an obvious religious overtone. As society has changed, so has the mission and approach of many private organizations. This is just another example of that. I do know that when I am twisting myself into a pretzel--some of my thoughts are decidedly unchristian! LOL
Answer by Youngwifey2 at 10:22 AM on Aug. 12, 2010
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Answer by NotPanicking at 12:53 PM on Aug. 12, 2010
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