Strong Communities

No matter who you are or where you're from, everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Strong Communities

Help Everyone Reach Their Potential


  • Youth Development

    The Y empowers young people to reach their full potential and lead inspired, successful lives.

  • Healthy Living

    Through health and wellness-based programming and activities, we aim to improve both individual and community well-being.

  • Social Responsibility

    We support our communities by bringing people from all walks of life together to enact positive social change.

My Y Story®

Celebrating Us

The Y recently launched “My Y Story,” a video series featuring familiar faces who share their personal Y stories and the Y’s impact on their community.

Watch more Y stories

  • The Edmunds Brothers

    Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable swimming and water safety skills at more than 2,000 pools across the country. Brothers and lifelong Y members Trey, Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds learned how to swim at their local Y long before they became professional football players. Watch as they visit their hometown Danville Family YMCA to help teach some important water safety skills and share their own “My Y Story.”

  • Andrew Zimmern

    When the school year ends, millions of kids and teens who rely on free and reduced-cost lunches are at an increased risk of going hungry. The Y’s Summer Food Program helps fill the gap by providing nutritious meals and snacks to kids 18 and under at more than 2,500 locations across the country. Watch as chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern visits his hometown Y in Minneapolis, the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA, to learn more about the Y’s Summer Food Program and to share his own “My Y Story.”

  • Jane Lynch

    Actress Jane Lynch shares her Y story about the importance of volunteering and mentorship while working with a group of teens from her local Y, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Watch as she shares her tips for building confidence ahead of their talent performance!

  • Kyle Kuzma

    Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Kyle Kuzma spent his time after school at the Y playing basketball and staying safe. Learn more about his Y Story as Kyle surprises a group of kids in his hometown and tells them how important it is to have a safe place like the Y for all members of the community.

Our Focus on Child Protection

As an organization that serves 8 million children and teens every year, the Y's most important work is creating safe environments for young people to learn, grow and thrive.

Volunteer at Your Y

Y volunteers help us provide resources and support to those who need it it most, keeping them healthy, confident, connected and secure.