TO NURTURE THE POTENTIAL OF EVERY CHILD AND TEEN
Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical processes that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. At the Y, we know that a successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy. Every Y staff member and volunteer is dedicated to nurture the potential of youth in ways that foster achievement, relationships and belonging.
EDUCATION AND 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 & 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 confidence that comes from learning to swim or building 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.