To put Christian principles into practice through programs building healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
The Y is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs and services that enrich communities — and all of the people who live in them — across the country in fulfillment of our mission.
Guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.
As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities learn, grow and thrive, the Y is dedicated to inspiring positive change near and far.
Our roots in History
When George Williams founded the first YMCA in Industrial Revolution-era London, he sought to create a supportive community to help young men like himself address pressing social challenges. The idea found a home in the U.S. seven years later at the Old South Church in Boston. The last 170+ years have seen the Y's mission grow exponentially, and today the Y engages more than 10,000 communities across the U.S. As the nation’s leading nonprofit, the Y is committed to empowering people to reach their full potential, to improving well-being, inspiring action, strengthening communities and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
Our Vision for the Future
The Y is committed to partnering with young people to create stronger communities and a more equitable society for all of us. We envision a future in which all people – no matter who they are or where they come from – get the support they need, when they need it, to reach their full potential.