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Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive and physical processes that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. How can adults and youth workers best nurture all children to achieve their full potential? Jorge Perez, Vice President of Youth Development at Y-USA, explains the key ingredients to cultivating “the spark” that transforms youth into healthy, thriving adults.

If we're going to advance development, we're going to have to create spark: transformational opportunities that are going to advance impact. zMCqCSKOxnM

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Jonathan Lever on Healthy Living

"There are little things we can do to create big impact. We must transform the very way we think about healthy living in the first place."

What if we all shared one small idea about living healthy? What if we invited people we know to join us? Jonathan Lever, Vice President of Healthy Living at Y-USA, shares his insight on how communities are transforming their lives by taking small steps, together.


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Andrea Lee on Social Responsibility

"What other place exists in your community where everyone is really welcome? And where everyone feels welcome, too?"

What if everyone in your town was invested in strengthening the community?  What would that look like? How would it feel? During a presentation co-delivered with Malik Moore of the YMCA of Central Ohio, Andrea Lee of YMCA of the USA explains how the Y’s Togetherhood® program is mobilizing people to change their communities – and often themselves – through purpose, social connection and strong support networks.


The Halter Family

YMCA of Greenville

"No gift is too small."

When Caine Halter passed away a few years ago, he left a message for his friends, family, and neighbors: no matter where you come from and no matter what the need, every gift matters. This is Caine's Y. His hometown's camera. Their story of giving.


Riley M.

Texas Youth and Government

"One Thing I Learned from the Y: Never Give Up"

Riley may not grow up to be a star basketball player, but he shines as a debater. Find out why this young governor is stepping up to be one of our future leaders of America. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

Our Cause Defines Us

We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. 

Our Strength is in Community

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change. 

  • The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.
  • The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
  • The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

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The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.