The YMCA mission is: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is the national resource office for the Y, one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – of all ages, incomes and backgrounds – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the longstanding relationships and physical presence needed not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
101 North Wacker Drive Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606 USA
usa, youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, community strengthening, human services, child care, disease prevention, education, mentoring, volunteers, well-being, fitness
YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)
Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)
Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)
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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of children and teens
Statistics show that a large number of children from low-income environments reach kindergarten unprepared and that they continue to fall behind in school without proper interventions. This is known as the “Achievement Gap.” The Y’s Achievement Gap Signature Programs are designed to improve academic outcomes for these children at key educational milestones: early learning, summer learning, and afterschool. Through fundraising and dedicated staff support, Y-USA has provided financial and technical resources to 90 YMCAs in 37 states that are involved in Achievement Gap pilot programs. The early results are promising: Students participating in one of the programs gained an average of 5.2 months of reading skills and 7.1 months of math skills in just six weeks.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation’s health and well-being
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes – the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States – and another 79 million have prediabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on a National Institutes of Health study that showed weight loss of 5% to 7% and 150 minutes of physical activity per week can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes in adults by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60. More than 100 YMCA associations in 39 states offer the program at 750 sites, and in 2013 Y-USA secured $5 million in funding from various public sources and private donors to support the program’s infrastructure and help expand it to 300 associations by 2017. Nearly 9,300 people have completed the program to date.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to neighbors
More than 16 million of our country’s youth lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. Y-USA secured a $5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to offer summer food programs in communities large and small that provide nutritious meals and snacks to kids. Through more than 1,100 food sites, YMCAs served 5.1 million meals and snacks to 143,000 kids in summer 2013—a time when the kids did not have access to school meals and may otherwise have gone hungry. The funding from the Walmart Foundation supplemented the money provided by the federal government and the YMCAs’ own contributions, enabling them to feed more kids.
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Elevate membership and improve program efficacy to deepen the impact of the Y cause
Build the organizational capacity necessary to effectively fulfill the Y cause
Generate the awareness and financial resources needed to sustain the Y cause
Expand Signature Programs and develop pipeline of new program opportunities to innovate responses to pressing social needs
Revitalize membership to increase reach and participation, enrich engagement, and improve retention
Upgrade three to five core Y programs to magnify their impact
Advance diversity and inclusion to ensure all segments of society have access to the Y
Develop common systems to measure and enhance the Y's impact in communities
Prepare staff to drive positive outcomes in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility
Execute national positioning and thought leadership strategies to increase engagement with the Y cause
Execute national financial development strategies to generate resources in support of the Y cause
Secure public resources and drive policy changes to improve outcomes in the Y's three areas of focus
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is the national resource office for Ys in the United States. YMCA associations formed the national office generations ago and charged it with helping the Movement achieve its goals and providing services and support that enrich Ys. Today this means strengthening the capacity of associations to carry out the Y's mission and cause. It also means championing the Y's national position as a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Y-USA's work falls into four categories:
-- Lead the Movement: Focus the collective efforts of YMCAs on key social issues and opportunities.
-- Deliver resources, services and funding: Ensure YMCAs have access to the knowledge and resources needed to address pressing needs in the community.
-- Advance national positioning, global perspective and innovation: Communicate the Y's value and maximize the Movement's potential for good at home and abroad.
-- Oversee national governance and membership standards: Knit the Movement together around shared values, goals and requirements for YMCAs.
Y-USA's strategic plan for 2014-2017 contains measurements for each strategy. A copy of the plan can be found online at:
Y-USA launched its latest four-year strategic plan in 2014. The organization reports progress episodically to key constituents. Accomplishments thus far include:
-- Expanding evidence-based programs designed to close the Achievement Gap facing children from low-income environments and to help adults reduce their risk for developing diabetes.
-- Launching the Y's first nationwide fundraising and positioning campaign.
-- Advancing strategies designed to help Y staff and volunteers develop the competencies needed to deliver on the Y's cause of strengthening community and to meet the needs of communities that are changing rapidly across all dimensions of diversity.
National Council of YMCAs of the USA
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Term: Apr 2016 - Apr 2018
Term: Apr 2016 - Apr 2018
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