Mission

 

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive.

We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 

Serving Communities

 

At the Y, we take immense pride in our work to strengthen communities and help all of us be our best selves. We provide a place to play, learn, be healthy, eat well, and give back. We give parents childcare, young adults job training, seniors a way to connect and children a safe place to go.

Everyone—no matter who they are or where they’re from—deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. Everything the Y does is in service of making sure people and communities thrive.

Commitment to Inclusion & Equity

 

The North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs is committed to intentionally leading and boldly modeling inclusion along all dimensions of diversity on our journey to be the anti-racist, multi-cultural organization we aspire to be. The Alliance will advocate for policy changes within our policy framework aimed at dismantling systemic racism and ensure equitable opportunities for all individuals to reach their full potential.

 

 

What's happening at the Y?

boys and young men of color mentor and youth picture

Healing and Pathways for Boys of Color

Racial Equity
Three YMCA associations in North Carolina participate in the first cohort of the national YMCA Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) Initiative led by Michael DeVaul with YMCA of the USA. While this work began prior to COVID-19, it’s more critical than ever, DeVaul said.
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children smiling

Henderson Y Launches DIG Committee

Racial Equity
In the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd and other people of color in 2020, many Ys across the state and the country have taken action to focus with intentionality on diversity, equity and inclusion at their Ys and, in some cases, in their communities. 
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kids at picnic tables at summer camp

Data Shows NC Y Campers Increased SEL Capacity This Summer

Summer Day Camp
Educators and youth leaders know from research that positive social emotional learning (SEL) youth development with a caring adult helps children and teens develop short-term outcomes and skills that lead to long-term success, such as improved academic outcomes, stronger well-being, reduced risky beh
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