The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
In the U.S., the Y is comprised of the YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and 2,700 YMCAs with approximately 20,000 full time staff and 600,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities across the country.
The Y engages 9 million youth and 13 million adults each year in the U.S. Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 119 countries. Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in strengthening the leadership and youth programs of the Y around the world.
Members, staff and volunteers of the Y include men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life. The Y offers programs, services and initiatives focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, according to the unique needs of the communities it engages.
The Y is accessible to all people. Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families who cannot afford membership. The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.