International Branch of the YMCA, New York (International YMCA)

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1911, as 'Committee on Friendly Relations among Foreign Students' under the International Committee of the (USA) National YMCA, serving all students, of any religion. Name changed, 1965, to International Student Office and, in 1970, to YMCA International Student Service (ISS). Reorganized in mid-1970's and name changed to International Program Services, which included ISS, Youth and Camp Exchanges and the 'Around the Corner, Around the World' project. Programmes came under the auspices of the YMCA of Greater New York in 1981. Present name adopted in 1992, although acronym 'ISS' was used officially up to 2001 and is still used unofficially.


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