Our History - A Brief History of the YMCA Movement

The YMCA has made an impact on this world like few organizations in history.  Few things stand the test of time.  Not many organizations have a profound impact on multiple generations.  But yours does.  This heritage – your heritage – is so much more than historical facts. 

At the Y, we are so much more than a gym.  We are a cause.  And our cause is strengthening community. 

Across the United States, we embrace the mission that has been adapted from previous generations.  It maintains the integrity where we come from and it speaks to where we’re going and whom we invite to join us.  The mission is this: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

This movement, over time, has brought hope, health and life to millions of people.  It continues to serve 17.9 million people per year in the U.S. alone, of which 9 million are children.

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