About Us

What we do

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Benefit to the Community

The Y undoubtedly changes lives. Beyond the calculations that show over $54 million dollars of free programs delivered to New Yorkers, the 500,000 people touched by the Y in each year have had life changing experiences in our youth development, healthy living or community development activities.

Areas of Focus


All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, therefore, we focus our program delivery to NYC children and teens so they cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and enhanced educational achievement.


The Y enjoys the capacity and the scale to make a positive and measurable impact upon New York City’s health and well-being. We recognize our unique responsibility by offering programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, bond families closer together, and strengthen connection with others.


As we have for more than 160 years, we continue to listen and respond to our communities’ most critical social needs, with a focus on the Illinois Valley’s most vulnerable citizens and underserved populations.