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National Conference of Black and Non-white Secretaries (BAN-WYS)



From the Collection:

The New York City YMCA Program and Event Records contain reports, funding proposals, statistics, correspondence and operational documents related to the PACE, GAIN, TRY and CHOICE programs, primarily from the 1970s and 1980s. The collection also includes materials about YWCA-YMCA daycare and the program Y-PEP, which allowed the Y to train staff as child care workers, among other training possibilities. It also includes materials on ELESAIR, a program for immigrants, as well as records related to other youth training programs.

Pre-WWI materials in the collection focus on boys work, international work and student work. There is significant information about the Vocational Service Center and its successor, the Counseling and Testing Service, which provided oversight and operational support for the publicly-funded job training and counseling programs such as CHOICE and TRY. The collection also includes materials related to the frequent banquets and award ceremonies held by the New York City YMCA.


  • From the Collection: 1881-2003


Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

A group of black directors attending a national YMCA conference in 1968 called an ad hoc meeting to respond to racial discrimination within the movement. The National Conference of Black and Non-White Staff and Volunteers, also known as the National Conference of Black and Non-white Secretaries grew from this effort. The organization is usually known by the acronym BAN-WYS. New York YMCA staff often held leadership positions within the organization.

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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kautz Family YMCA Archives Collecting Area