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ERIC Number: ED541321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1919
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Work of the Young Men's Christian Associations, 1916-1918. Bulletin, 1919, No. 53
Orr, William
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
At the time when the first Young Men's Christian Associations in North America were organized in 1851, at Montreal and Boston, there appears to have been little thought of including a definite educational program in the work of these associations. Such educational work as was done was limited to reading rooms libraries, a few lectures, and, from time to time, the organization and maintenance of literary societies. The great emphasis placed upon distinctively religious work appears to have largely occupied the energies of the leaders in the movement. About 1880, the conception of the field of the association in its work for young men began to take on new content and to develop a new meaning. It was agreed that opportunities for physical, mental, and social development were in no way contrary to the main purpose of the association--that is the fostering of the spiritual life--but contributed most effectively to this end. In 1889, the International Convention, for the time, endorsed educational work as a function of the association. In 1900, there began a period of expansion and extension. Instead of the class work being limited to the winter time, such instruction was continued throughout the spring. Day work was also introduced and summer schools for boys were organized to supplement the work of the public schools. This bulletin discusses the educational work of the Young Men's Christian Associations. (Contains 14 tables and 2 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: North America