Our Mission and Focus

The mission of the YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The YMCA of Greater Houston is a powerful association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen community. The Y is driven by its mission of serving Houston as a cause-driven organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We offer unique opportunities for families to come together in a safe place, create a welcoming environment for all, and ensure that everyone has access to our YMCA, regardless of age, income, background, or circumstance. The YMCA is not just a place, but a purpose. Together we can ensure that our Houston community become stronger. The Y is unlocking opportunities for all.

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Our Cause

Strengthening community is our cause. A strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

  • The Y is community centered. For 135 years, we’ve been listening and responding to the unique needs of the communities we serve.
  • The Y brings people together. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds connect to bridge the gaps and to build a stronger community.
  • The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • The Y has local presence and global reach. Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 119 countries. In communities across the Greater Houston area, we mobilize local efforts to bring about lasting and meaningful change.
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Areas of Focus

At the Y, we know that positive change comes about when we invest in our community. When people have an opportunity to belong to the Y, the result is a more connected, inclusive and healthy community in which youth are nurtured, families strengthened, and the needs of all people are met.

Healthier Families

The YMCA is committed to building strong communities by providing resources for families to live their safest and healthiest lives. We assist families in battling chronic diseases and obesity, eliminating risk of drowning and preventing child abuse. By taking advantage of our deep roots in the community and strong ties to local health care providers and other service organizations, the YMCA has the infrastructure to improve the health and safety of our families by providing programs to help prevent or reverse these critical issues.

Empowered Youth

We believe that ALL children and teens have potential. Thanks to the YMCA, more young people are taking a greater interest in learning and making smart life choices. Working with caring Y staff, children and teens are able to realize their potential by improving their educational readiness and closing achievement gaps. By building confident kids today, the Y is helping to assure that they will become contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Inclusive Communities

We know that together we are stronger. The YMCA is committed to addressing critical social issues and helping all people to learn, grow and thrive. Communities are stronger when we all have the opportunity to succeed. We strive to serve all segments of society, build bridges between communities and advance inclusion and equity for all.