Cevi / CVJM resp. CVJF / YMCA resp. YWCA

The mentioned three abbreviations are synonyms for the same organisation: “Young Men Christian Association” (YMCA) resp. “Young Women Christian Association” (YWCA). In German: “Christlicher Verein Junger Männer” (CVJM) resp. “Christlicher Verein Junger Frauen” (CVJF). The two national associations of Switzerland called CVJM and CVJF were united to the name “Swiss Association of Young Christian Women and Men”, abbreviated as “Cevi Switzerland”.

YMCA was founded back in 1844 in London with the goal not only to spread the Christian message to young men, but to take care of their social needs as well. In 1855, similar groups for women were formed in England. Since 1877 they have called themselves “Young Women Christian Association” (YWCA). The movement spread throughout the world over a short period of time. The YMCA/YWCA-organisation is considered the largest non-governmental youth organisation in the world with over 70 million members in over 120 countries.

Cevi Zürich

Cevi (YMCA/YWCA) Zurich is the umbrella organisation for the various YMCA groups within the city of Zurich. It operates the “YMCA centre Glockenhof” in downtown Zurich and organises, supports, and extends the YMCA activities throughout Zurich. Besides that, Cevi (YMCA/YWCA) Zurich is fostering a long-term partnership with the YMCA of Spitak in Armenia.

The goal of Cevi (YMCA/YWCA) Zurich is to encourage children, teenager and adults to meet one another and to get closer to the Christian faith. Cevi (YMCA/YWCA) Zurich supports and expands the Cevi (YMCA/YWCA) variety in Zurich and surrounding area by offering programs and activities which are adopting the needs of the society with a special focus on young people.

Through our open offers, young people are given a way to effectively spend their free time and keep away from destructive influences. Teenagers are encouraged to cooperate and to take responsibility for themselves and their community.

 

Cevi (YMCA/YWCA) Zurich attracts individuals with a the YMCA/YWCA specific holistic approach (Body, Mind and Spirit), thats why our logo consits our of a triangle.

Through our open offers, young people are given a way to effectively spend their free time and keep away from destructive influences. Teenagers are encouraged to cooperate and to take responsibility for themselves and their community.

The bend around the triangle symbolizes the “C” for Christianity. We are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through respect and love towards any individual. As an ecumenical christian movement we co-operate with the local Churches, respecting confessional differences.