The Young Men's Christian Association ("YMCA" or in the USA "the Y") is a worldwide movement of more than 45 million members from 125 national federations affiliated through the World Alliance of YMCAs. Founded on June 6, 1844 in London, England by George Williams, the goal of the organization was putting Christian principles into practice, achieved by developing "a healthy spirit, mind, and body." The YMCA is a federated organization made up of local and national organizations in voluntary association.
All YMCA programs have a strong importance on the values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. They were developed to help teach children right from wrong.
HI-Y club is the general name for special teen-age and youth clubs sponsored by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA); the name Hi-Y Club was first used in 1914. The clubs try to help young people develop their highest mental, physical, social, and spiritual potentials.
Clubs are organized in high-schools and affiliated with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) , with the purpose to create, maintain, and extend throughout the school and community, high standards of Christian characters.