Mission & History
Our Mission Statement
“To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”
- The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s 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.
The Y is the organization that…
- 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 Father’s 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.