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The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is a charitable, not-for-profit, community service organization dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. At the Y, we’re for: Youth Development - We believe that every child has great potential and should be given the opportunity and guidance to reach it. Healthy Living - We believe that a healthy life is achieved by actively striving for spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Social Responsibility - We believe that the Y has been given the honor, resources, and responsibility to strengthen the foundations of community and family. YMCA membership and participation is welcoming, inclusive and is open to all regardless of ability to pay. With a special focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, in 2014 the Y served 88,492 kids, families, and adults in twenty five towns and cities including Bridgeport and New Haven.
On May 8, 1859 a small group of businessmen held their first meeting to discuss organizing a YMCA in New Haven and within a year, the YMCA started their work with outreach programs and no building of their own. Although the work of our YMCA has changed over the years, from teaching English to immigrants in the early 1900’s to teaching values to modern day youth, our Y’s have a long record of service and programs that have brought a better quality of life to their communities. One of the greatest things our Y’s will continue to do is build character in children and adults.