The Y: Service Around the World The YMCA mission is a global one, impacting millions of lives in communities around the world each day. YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is proud to be a part of an interconnected Y network in over 125 countries that is helping to build bridges and effect meaningful, lasting social change – both locally and globally. We strive to spread the Blue Ridge Spirit through our international staff exchange programs. Each year, we accept college students from around the world to be part of our staff, while also sending our own staff to participate in volunteer programs through worldwide partner YMCAs. > Read about the adventures of our staff exchange program on our Ambassador Blog!