Youth Development

Parents worry about the decisions they make for their kids. For David, enrolling his sons in the YMCA's afterschool programs was one of the best things he has ever done, especially for Christopher. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story. 

 
 
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Eli & Emily B.

The Huntington YMCA

"Being a Kid. That's What the Y Gives You Back."

Huntington, West Virginia was once named one of the unhealthiest cities in the nation. For Susan and her family, it was time to do something about that. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story. 
 
 
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David B.

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

"I Wanted to Be Like My Mentors."

When David graduates from college, he wants to become a pilot. Learn how the Y helped him reach for the sky. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 
 
 
 
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Artful Apprentices

YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties

"Making a Music Video Was My Dream Come True."

Go behind the scenes and see what it took for these talented teens to produce their very own Y video. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story. 
 
 
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Noah B.

YMCA of Greater Nashua

"Superhero Training Academy: Every Kid Has a Superhero Inside Themselves!"

Noah was a shy and reserved 4-year-old when his teacher recommended that he join the Y’s Superhero Training Academy to gain confidence and to learn about the Y’s four core values. Now Noah is armed with the super powers of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and he is ready to take on the world (but first kindergarten)! This is his Y. His camera. His story.
 
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The Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming. From cradle to career, the Y provides all youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life. The Y.™ For a better us.™

Camp

 

Camp

Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.

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Child Care

 

Child Care

With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

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Education and Leadership

 

Education & Leadership

All kids have great potential. At the Y, we work every day to help them set and achieve personal and educational goals. Millions of children and teens build skills and confidence as they explore new interests and passions through the Y. Leadership and academic enrichment programs—including Achievers Clubs, Youth and Government and college preparation—along with our dedicated efforts to close the academic achievement gap for low-income youth ensure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future. 

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Food Programs

Food Programs

Whether in the summer, or just when the school day is done, we're right there with our year-round food programs. The Y believes that children deserve every opportunity possible to learn, grow and thrive, and the meals we serve help more children get the nutrition they need for good health.

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Food Programs

Let's Move! Outside

The Department of the Interior is the lead agency for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative. The Department was joined by the YMCA of the USA and the National League of Cities (NLC) to coordinate efforts to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors by creating meaningful connections to nature through four pillars: play, learn, serve and work.  

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Swim, Sports and Play

 

Summer Buzz

Go-to tips, tools, hacks, and facts sourced for youth development leaders committed to giving kids and families the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.

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Swim, Sports and Play

 

Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

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