Children and youth

Children and Youth

More than 800,000 children and youth up to age 17 learn new skills and build character in YMCA programs.

Our ultimate goal is for children, youth and families to embrace fun, healthy habits that become a lifelong practice. With an emphasis on total health in spirit, mind and body, YMCA programs instill values of caring, honesty, inclusiveness, respect and responsibility.

Through YMCA child care, recreation, fitness, leadership development, camp and youth clubs, YMCAs help children and youth build character and resilience and encourage personal growth and well-rounded lives.

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