Youth Development

Every mother wishes more for her children. For Gabby, the Y's early learning readiness program is giving her daughter, Marlene, a chance to become something. 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. This is his story and how the Y helped him reach for the sky. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

Morgan & Elaine

Ocean County YMCA

"I Just Wanted to Help My Grandma Swim."

Eileen and her granddaughter, Morgan, share their story of bonding and why there's so much more to the Y than in the pool. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story. 
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Zach Johnston

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

"My Camp Counselors Were My Super Heroes."

Meet Zach: Archer. Water Skier. Sail Boater. Horseback Rider. Find out why there's so much more to camping than just a fun place for summer activities. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

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. 
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.



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. 



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.






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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