The National Association of YMCAs in Germany is called the “CVJM Gesamtverband Deutschland” and it is located in Kassel. "YMCA" stands for "Young Men's Christian Association". CVJM Gesamtverband is the umbrella organisation of the Christian youth work carried out under the names of "CVJM" (YMCA), "ejw" (Evangelical Youth Movement in Württemberg) and "CJD" (Christian Youth Village Movement).
CVJM in Germany looks back at a history of more than 150 years. The National Association is the union of 13 independent member associations, 11 of them are regional YMCA movements, the other two – the Urban YMCAs (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der CVJM) and the CJD (Christian Youth Village Movement) – work nationwide.
Main purpose of CVJM Gesamtverband is to promote and foster the cooperation between its 13 member movements, to coordinate activities and to represent and lobby for the interests of CVJM and the youth in Germany in general before the federal government and state institutions, before the churches and the public at large on national and nationwide level.
CVJM Gesamtverband provides a working platform for its member movements through committees and task groups, conferences, consultations and national meetings or events for YMCA leaders and / or members and friends and through publications. Additionally it has operational function:
CVJM Gesamtverband is responsible for the training of professionals in the German CVJM, which is carried out at the "CVJM-Kolleg" and the "CVJM-Hochschule" both located in Kassel.
It handles the international cooperation with other YMCAs around the world and relates to the World Alliance and the Area Alliances. CVJM Gesamtverband is member of the European YMCA and the World Alliance of YMCAs.
The head office of the National Association of CVJM Gesamtverband has staff of approx. 40 persons and is located in Kassel, in the geographical centre of Germany.
Youth work in the German YMCA has many different facets: