Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors that makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
The Y aims to improve the nation's health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce risk for disease and help others reclaim their health. These programs and everything else the Y does are in service of making us—our Ys and our communities—better. The result is a country that values health and communities that support healthy choices. The Y.™ For a better us.™
The success of the YMCA in promoting healthy living is evidenced in the stories of its members, lives who benefit from the YMCA, its programs, its community. Dianne made a decision to work out at the Y because of health issues, treating her daily work out like a job, attending classes whether she feels like it or not. Since making that decision, she has lost more than 60 pounds and is seeing her health issues resolve... Michelle wanted to start exercising again and when the Y ran a New Year’s Day promotion, she joined. At the same time, she signed up to work with a Y coach in the Y’s free Personal Fitness Program. At her annual physical, she was happy to learn that she had lost some weight and was able to eventually get off high blood pressure meds... Jane came to the Y several years ago to increase her physical activity by working out in the water. She started with a water exercise class for arthritis. Jane’s fibromyalgia pain lessened but her weight did not drop as fast so she had weight loss surgery. Thanks to the Y, Jane lost 60 pounds before the surgery and with consistent exercising, has lost 180 pounds total. No more high blood pressure or sleep apnea… Janice, 65, was afraid of the water. She, however, was motivated to overcome her fear and not let it interfere with the time she spends with her grandson who loves to swim. She enrolled in private swim lessons. At the first lesson she put her head under water. About 5 lessons later, she took a big breath, and swam halfway across the small pool, exclaiming between breaths, “I’m swimming!”