Social Responsibility

Singer. Songwriter. Volunteer. That's who Maya is. Enough said. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

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Lance Keawe Wilhelm

YMCA of Honolulu

"Leadership Provides the Leverage to Serve Our Mission."

From surf board to Y board, Lance knows what it's like to grow up in a tight-knit community that cares and why giving back as a leader is so important. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Priscilla Frazier

YMCA of Greater Boston

"Hard Work, Determination, and Perseverance."

Priscilla is one to get right to the point. And if you want to do something better with your life and 'go for the gold,' then you've got to work for it. Find out what Y program helped change her life. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Skylar & Jamar

Danville YMCA

"We're Planting the Seeds for So Much More."

See what got Skylar and Jamar off of the basketball courts and helping to grow their community's volunteer spirit. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story. 

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Eddie P.

The Family YMCA

"We Rebuilt Our Community after the Fire."

In Los Alamos, New Mexico, fire swept through the town not once - but several times - in a decade. Eddie was looking for a little direction in his life and found the right path through one of the Y's volunteer programs. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 
 
 
 
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Social Services

Social Services

To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We're here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.

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Global Services
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Global Services

At the Y, building a strong global community begins at home. Ys in the U.S. help young people develop cultural competencies, diverse populations connect to the community and individuals around the world gain access to life-changing resources and support. As an interconnected global network, the Y has the resources and solutions to build bridges and make our changing communities stronger—both at home and abroad.

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Volunteerism and Giving
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Volunteerism & Giving

The generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to give back to the communities we serve.

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Advocacy
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Advocacy

We are a powerful ally and advocate for our communities. Our experience and strong relationships in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation mean that we are able to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues including child welfare, education and public health.

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