Mission & History

Our Mission Statement

"To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all."

Our Cause

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Thatís because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That's because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

The Y is community centered. For more than 100 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 global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

Our History

The Y is the organization thatÖ

 Saw to and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London

during the Industrial Revolution.

 Has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War.

 Inspired the formation of the U.S.O., Peace Corps and Fatherís Day.

 Met immigrants coming off the boats at Ellis Island to offer services and support in

making a new life.

 Began the first night school and English as a Second Language courses.

 Invented group swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball and racquetball, and

gave them to the community.

 Provided quality and affordable child care when women began joining the

workforce in droves.

 Began values education at a time of social unrest.