Young Men's Buddhist Association

The Young Men's Buddhist Association (YMBA) in Myanmar is dedicated to fostering nationalist sentiment and religious devotion while providing educational and recreational opportunities for youth. Throughout its history the organization has educated youth against substance abuse and has promoted the maintenance of traditional Burmese and Buddhist culture. Founded in 1906, YMBA was modeled on the Young Men's Christian Association and built and ran schools using private donations and government grants; its founding marked the beginning of a concerted nationalist movement in Myanmar, and the YMBA was instrumental in marshaling public opposition to British rule.