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Participate in a Program

YMCA programs provide opportunities to improve physical and mental health, form lasting connections, learn something new, contribute to your community and so much more.

Participate in a Program

Connect with Programs

The YMCA is dedicated to helping people grow, learn and play at any age. Kids have fun and expand their horizons through summer camps, swimming, youth sports and more. Adults can try new activities like martial arts, CPR training or a newfound hobby. There’s so much waiting to be discovered.

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    After School Programs

    The YMCA knows that kids thrive when allowed to explore and learn in a safe environment. We offer after school programs with academic support, playtime and fun activities in a welcoming and engaging setting.

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    Swim, Sports & Play

    The YMCA is dedicated to health, wellness and fun for all. We offer kids' sports like baseball, basketball, karate, gymnastics and swimming, helping participants gain new skills, make new friends and learn to work as a team, while connecting with positive role models.

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    Education and Leadership Programs

    The YMCA helps young people unlock their full potential, providing them with mentorship and leadership opportunities. Programs like Youth & Government™ empower students to take on new responsibilities and expand new horizons. Our STEM activities foster critical thinking, self-confidence and problem-solving, while helping to close opportunity gaps.

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    Camp Programs

    Summer camps at the YMCA give kids a chance to interact with nature, make new friends and learn new skills—all amidst the fun of campfires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery and talent shows. A camp community teaches young people how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.

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    Social Groups

    Whether in-person or virtually, you can connect with friends old and new in one of our many social groups at the Y. You can join a book group, play bingo, find a knitting circle, attend coffee chats and more. The Y has something for everyone.

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    Chronic Disease Prevention

    Over the past 15 years, the Y has become a leading provider of evidence-based chronic disease prevention. We work to help individuals prevent, monitor and manage diseases with programs like Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, Diabetes Prevention, as well as partnerships with the American Heart Association. We're also providing support for people living with cancer and arthritis.

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    Healthy Kids Day

    Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA has all the ingredients for developing healthy, resilient kids—physical activity, laughter, curiosity and healthy food. Enjoy our unique recipe for healthy fun and join the Y for a day that celebrates kids being kids. Contact your local Y to learn about their Healthy Kids Day in 2021 and download the Y's Healthy Kids Day Parent & Caregiver Toolkit.

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    Supporting Newcomers & Immigrants

    The YMCA knows that our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome. Welcoming Week celebrates newcomer immigrants and their many contributions to the social fabric of our country. Contact your local Y to find out what Welcoming Week activities are happening near you.

Real Y Stories

Take a look some amazing ways our programs have made a difference in the lives of these young people.

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  • After School: I Learned to be Confident and Take Responsibility.

    T’Jay has been going to the Sioux YMCA’s After School Program since he was eight. Now a junior in high school, he works in that very same program at his Y, where he is a role model and friend to the kids, while learning responsibility and building job skills at the same time. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • Gymnastics: It's Increased His Self-Esteem.

    Gymnastics teaches young people flexibility, movement, teamwork and more. For Holden, it has helped manage his sensory processing disorder and increase his confidence. His parents are happy to see him making friends at YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region while learning that if you make a mistake, you can always get up and try again. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • Course Credit Recovery: Graduating is the Key to Success.

    Balancing high school coursework with extracurricular activities and a job is no easy task. In YMCA of Greater Boston’s Credit Recovery Program, high school students are able to retake courses to improve their grades while also enjoying healthy dinners together and using the Y facilities to play sports and socialize. Thanks to CeCe’s participation in the program, she has learned to prioritize her schoolwork and is on track to graduate. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

  • Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring: I Feel Really Good About Myself.

    When William’s blood pressure got too high, he knew he had to do something about it. He joined the YMCA of Memphis blood pressure self-monitoring program, and now not only is his blood pressure at a healthy level, but he has made friends at the Y and discovered fun new activities, like racquetball. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • World Service: If You Need Help, Go Ask the Y.

    For most Americans, the idea of moving to a new city or town can be daunting. Try crossing over from a different continent. See how the Y of York County helped Raja adjust to his new life in America. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

Find Your Y

Search for the YMCA closest to you and visit their website to learn how to get involved today.

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