We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared
commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense
of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come
about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s
why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with
our neighbors in 10,000 communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income
or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
WHO WE ARE
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility.
WHAT WE DO
The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities
to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social
responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s
health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
HOW WE DO IT
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across
the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to deliver, lasting
personal and social change.
The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding
to our communities.
The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge
the gaps in community needs.
The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn,
grow and thrive.
The Y has local presence and national reach. We mobilize local communities to effect
lasting, meaningful change.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure
children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual
makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes
together for the common good.
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can
achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills
and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.
Improving the nation’s health and well-being
In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a
mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health
and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions
of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to
achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors (as it relates to youth development
and healthy living in our Strategic Plan)
The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for 160
years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training,
welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or
preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with
policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y,
500,000 volunteers and thousands of donors, leaders and partners across the country are
empowering millions of people in the U.S. and around the world to be healthy, confident,
connected and secure.