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Our Purpose

The Y’s purpose is to strengthen communities; fundamentally, strong communities are equitable communities. We recognize we are one small cog in the community wheel but fully embrace our responsibility to continue critical work to end systemic racism, bigotry, discrimination and hate. The Y has journeyed through this work for over 175 years and while we have made significant strides, we acknowledge that there is much work ahead of us. Part of this work includes telling the story of the tragic and difficult times in our communities’ history because stories re-told are stories not relived.

Our impact and relevancy are directly tied to our efforts to fight for greater inclusion and equity for all. This work is rooted in our inclusive mission and is the soul of our Movement.

Our Promise

As an anchor in the communities we serve, the Y strives to be a beacon for good and systemic change.

By leveraging our expertise in our areas of impact: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility – we commit to be a part of the change that must happen.
Together we invite you to step forward and add your voice to the chorus of Y and community voices insisting on a tomorrow that is better than today – one that is equitable, inclusive, compassionate and just. To reflect on what more we can be doing to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential and that our communities are welcoming and safe for all.

We must go forward with a fire in our souls and hope in our hearts.



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