Mission and Vision
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Values and the YMCA Name
- Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith remain the basis for all we do.
- The Y is the YMCA. People most commonly refer to us as “the Y,” so that’s what we’re calling ourselves.
- The “MCA” is not gone. “YMCA” is part of the new logo, introduced in 2010.
- Our Y exists to serve all through inclusive services and programs.
- In addition to mental and physical components, our Vision for Youth includes a spiritual component — the goal is to increase spiritual awareness in children and teens by encouraging volunteer service as an expression of love toward one another.
HISTORY OF THE YMCA MISSION
The Mission for the YMCA of Washington Commuity YMCA has remained consistent since its foundation in 1924.
The YMCA commits to the spiritual, mental and physical growth of all children and teens in the Greater St. Louis area. Since 1924, the YMCA of Washington has helped people grow in spirit, mind and body. The Y has committed to ensure every young person in the Washington County area from 5 to 15 years of age has the opportunity to become a healthy, productive member of society.
Areas of Impact Spiritual Growth Goal: By the year 2020 increase spiritual awareness of loving one another and service to others by doubling the number of youth volunteers. Mental Development Goal: By the year 2020 increase the number of youth reading at/above their grade level by 3 percent. Physical Health Goal: By the year 2020 stop the increase in youth obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has tripled from 1980 to 2004. YMCA History : The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844 in response to unhealthy social conditions arising in big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution. Growth of railroads and centralization of industry and commerce brought many rural young men who needed jobs into cities like London. George Williams was one of these young men. He was born on a farm and moved to London 20 years later to work at a draper’s shop, a forerunner of today’s department store. He and a group of fellow drapers organized the first YMCA to substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets. The Y has always been nonsectarian and accepts all faiths.