YMCA of Greater Seattle Programs
The Y is about changing lives for the better. We view participation in our programs and services as a means to a greater end. We want to help our communities learn more about our work, so we can help our communities grow stronger. Everything we do is designed to nurture the potential of children and teens (Youth Development), improve health and well-being (Healthy Living) and motivate people to support their neighbors and the larger community (Social Responsibility).
Because we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, the Y is for Youth Development. Through the Y, thousands of local youth are learning the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement – right now and in the future.
Through our 13 branches and two resident camps, the Y promotes Healthy Living. We’re passionate about providing guidance and resources to help people maximize their health and prevent chronic disease. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters community connections through fitness, sports and shared interests.
The Y has been listening and responding to the needs of our neighbors since 1876. Social Responsibility is central to who we are. Through education and training in neighborhoods, connecting diverse demographic populations and building healthier communities with partners, the Y fosters care and respect for all.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
When you make a gift to the Y, you’re helping to create lasting personal and social change right in your own community. Your gift empowers kids, teens and adults to overcome challenging circumstances
, experience the power of caring mentors and develop a plan for their future.
As we all know, many worthwhile causes
are in need of our support. But the YMCA stands apart from the rest. Here are some reasons why:
- The Y provides $23M in free or subsidized services annually
- In 2011, nearly 80,00 children and teens were nurtured and inspired to do their best
- About one third of all members at the Y receive financial assistance
Yet children and teens still continue to struggle which is why we focus our unique afterschool
, in-school and summer programs on students who need our help the most. Kids who are struggling academically need additional attention and support in order to succeed in the future. At the Y, we believe that all youth have unlimited potential for success in school and life when they have the right tools
within their reach. The Y’s comprehensive education programs empower youth to discover their natural talents, achieve positive academic outcomes, and provide them with the encouragement and motivation to achieve their goals.
Thanks to your support, the Y is stepping up to meet our community’s challenges and strengthen us for the future.