Who We Are

Our Cause
Each day our goal is to strengthen communities. We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. At the Y, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus: youth development; healthy living and social responsibility.

Our Focus Areas

We concentrate our work in three key areas because nothing is more important than nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors.

Youth Development
Every year, YMCAs across New York State serve more than 1 million children and teens. With devoted staff delivering Early Childhood Care, Universal Pre-Kindergarten and After School programs, the Y helps to care and nurture New York State’s children. The Y offers over 800 team sports leagues, in addition to numerous award-winning programs such as Youth and Government, Writers’ Voice and the Black & Latino Achievers program. Whether a child is competing on a sports team, learning a curriculum or participating in group recreation, the Y’s focus will always be sharing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Healthy Living
Improving New York’s health and well-being. At the Y you can challenge yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, foster connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bring your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities and services.  We understand the importance of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside, and the Y provides a great support and foundation for living and sustaining a healthier lifestyle.

Social Responsibility
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Since the YMCA was founded over 150 years ago, the Y has provided a local safe haven to anyone in need. Today, the Y continues to care for the entire community. Each year thousands of men, women and children find solace at the YMCA where we welcome and provide services to those in need. But the Y’s services do not end there; Ys also offer housing, employment services and substance abuse counseling, as well as community education in CPR Training, G.E.D and Adult Literacy programs, and HIV/AIDS Education. We know that everyone deserves an opportunity to be successful and at the Y, that opportunity is available to all.


•    $80,000,000 In free, subsidized or sponsored programs are provided by YMCAs to communities in New York State
•    1,000,000 Children served across New York State
•    30,000 Y Volunteers in New York State
•    20,000 Y Employees who help deliver programs and services in New York
•    985 Collaborations with schools, colleges, hospitals and government
•    1,600 Health and Wellness Programs
•    800 Sports Leagues
•    800 Aquatic Programs
•    700 Childcare and Youth Development Programs
•    300 Camping and Arts Programs