In 1924 the Burbank Community YMCA (then called the Burbank Family YMCA) was established by local citizens, who understood the value of having a cause driven, community-based organization in the heart of the city. Currently the YMCA involves more than 15,000 members of the community, approximately 14.5% of the Burbank population.
The YMCA's three areas of focus are: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y's breadth and scope of expertise includes leadership skills, character development and healthy living choices that manifest themselves through a variety of programs such as Youth Sports, Family, Youth, and Adult fitness as well as special programs like Youth and Government, Child Development and senior water fitness classes.
The Burbank Community YMCA's mission is "to provide people of all ages lifelong opportunities to become stronger in spirit, mind and body." Its cause is to strengthen community. The Y continues its vital role in the community as the only association able to provide for a single working mother, a senior with health concerns or a child who needs a safe and secure environment to learn.
The Burbank community, like communities all over the country, is facing a health crisis and it's having profound consequences. Critical health issues like obesity in both children and adults and higher than ever positive diagnoses in diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, just to name a few lifestyle related ailments, substantiates the need to provide our community with opportunities to pursue healthier lifestyle choices.
The Burbank Community YMCA is in the unique position to address these critical issues by providing opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and engage in better health options through our Activate America initiative. Activate America is the YMCA's bold approach to directly address the health crisis. It influences healthy lifestyles by reaching out and engaging those who seek well being of spirit, mind and body, in particular, those who require significant support.