YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

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

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

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 their children's potential. 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 & 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. 

Food Programs

Whether in the summer or when the school day is over, the Y is 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.

STEM

The YMCA is helping all children reach their full potential by supporting their unique youth development journeys. At more than 1,000 YMCA sites nationwide, youth are engaged in year-round STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity and teach them how to succeed.

Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many kids to learn about becoming and staying active and to develop 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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