A PLACE TO BELONG
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT YOUR Y!
Diversity and Inclusion The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together, we work to ensure that every individual of any gender, income, faith, race, sexual orientation or cultural background-has the opportunity to live life to the fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility-everything we do stems from these.
We know that a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers and members is the key to effectively nurturing the potential of children, improving the nation's health and well-being and supporting our neighbors. Working in 10,000 U.S. communities and more than 120 countries worldwide makes strong diversity and inclusion practices paramount for the Y.
Diversity and inclusion practices at the Y foster a high-performing learning environment where staff and volunteers are engaged and valued and where they are encouraged to collaborate, generate ideas and contribute at the highest level. We are passionate about our cause and know that our ability to achieve it begins with reflecting and partnering with all people and communities.
From Small Beginnings to a Major Force The Y was founded in London, England, in 1844 as the Young Men's Christian Association to help young men develop character and avoid the unhealthy social conditions of the times. The Y Movement reached the United States by 1851. By the early 1900s, the Y began serving boys and older men in addition to young men. After World War I, women and girls became an active part of the Y Movement, and in the 1960s and 1970s, families became a major focus. Today, more than half of all YMCA members and staff are women and girls.
Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation's leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate-from influencing our nation's culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide an adult learning to read.
By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation's health and well-being and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier and more confident, connected and secure.
Global Reach Since its founding, the Y has grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world, serving more than 45 million people in 120 countries. Ys in the U.S. have played a key role in the growth and strength of our global organization and continue to partner with Ys around the world to address critical social issues. Collectively, we use the knowledge and resources of our global network to help people reach their potential. From welcoming newcomers in the U.S. to working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, Ys have the expertise and commitment to strengthen communities and bring about positive change.
Our Cause Defines Us At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that people of every age, income level and background have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To fulfill this promise, the Y requires strong cause-driven leaders to effect lasting personal and social change in our organization's three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, we strive to put the following values into practice in everything we do: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Our Impact Is Felt Every Day Driven by our mission-to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all-our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.
Our Commitment Is to Social Good Forest City Family YMCA is an independent 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization under the IRS code, which means that donations to the Y are tax deductible. It is the goal of the Y to provide programs and services regardless of an individual's or family's financial ability to pay for participation. Every day, the Y brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life with a shared commitment to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live life to its fullest.