Where do kids go when there’s nowhere to go? What do they do when there’s nothing to do? Kids will be kids, and idle hands will get to work one way or another. But if we give kids a place to go where they can be safe, where they can be curious, where they can be kids, then they’re capable of amazing things. The Y is that place.The Y: Idle Hands

Not everyone is born with the resources to succeed. Many people across the country are made to feel invisible because of environmental circumstance. But the truth is, all people are capable of greatness. All communities are filled with beauty. And the Y is dedicated to helping people grow.

 The Y: US

 When our communities are strong, our country is strong. But right now, the bonds that hold us together are fraying and we need a place to make them whole. In over 10,000 communities across the country, the Y is that place. It fills the gaps, bridges our divides, and gives us common ground to stand on. But they can't do it without your support. Donate today for a better us tomorrow.

Transform With Us  - YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. That's why we focus our work in three key areas that are fundamental to strengthening community: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Joining the Y: We Found What We Were Looking For 

Nora was determined to show her son how to swim. At the Y, her son not only learned how to swim, the family found a place where they could achieve anything, where they could be surrounded by friends, and where they could belong. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. A special thanks to the YMCA of Greater San Antonio

Moving For Better Balance: "I've Made Friends While Making Friends"

 After many life changes over the years, John was ready for a new start. He decided to join the Y’s Moving For Better Balance classes, and not only has he improved his strength and balance, but he has made friends and found a community of support. This is his Y. His Camera. His Story. Special thanks to YMCA of Long Island, Huntington Branch:

Recreational Volleyball: "It's Allowed Me to Meet a Lot of Good People."

On Mondays, Brian laces up his shoes and joins teammates for volleyball games at his local Y. Whether they win or lose, it's always a fun time and good workout with friends. See what keeps Brian coming back year after year. This is his Y. His camera. His story . 

Lifeguarding: "It's one of the most responsible jobs you could have."

Growing up around water, becoming a lifeguard at her local Y was a natural choice for Ashlee. Her job as a lifeguard taught her that she enjoys caring for and treating people, leading her to pursue an education to become a physician assistant. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

Welcome Newcomers: They Spend Time to Understand My Situation and Assess My Needs."

When Sron arrived in the United States from Cambodia, she faced many challenges. She was directed to the Y's New American Welcome Center where she received help with the naturalization process, finding work, language classes and more. Now Sron volunteers at events welcoming other newcomers to the community. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

Judo:"Gives Me Confident I Can Use in Everyday Life"

Rachel and Kyle’s dad originally enrolled them in judo at Santa Monica Family YMCA so that they could learn how to defend themselves. They both took to the sport quickly and now they’re helping Sensei Jim teach younger kids. See how they’ve gained confidence and leadership skills while having a whole lot of fun in the process. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.

After School: I have Learned to be Confident and Take Responsibility 

T’Jay has been going to the Sioux YMCA’s afterschool program since he was eight. Now he’s a junior in high school and he gets to work at the Sioux YMCA’s afterschool program as a role model and friend to kids while learning responsibility and building job skills at the same time. This is his Y. His camera. His story.