dsc_0193-croppedThe YMCA of Greater Louisville has proudly served our communities for more than 150 years! The Y provides the support and opportunities that empower people in our communities to learn grow and thrive. Through our focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen, improves health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support our neighbors in Bullitt, Clark, Floyd, Oldham and Jefferson Counties.

Let’s take a closer look at the focus area of Youth Development and what that means to families in our communities. For starters, the Y cares for about 3,500 children each day, through various programs designed to help each child reach their full potential, within a safe and nurturing environment.

At the Y, we recognize that successful youth development requires a holistic approach focused on achieving certain social, emotional, cognitive and physical milestones. Youth need positive adult and peer role models, and they need to feel physically and emotionally safe to thrive. The Y puts caring people in children’s lives and nurtures them along their journey to adulthood, so they can become active, thriving and contributing members of society. This holistic approach to personal growth in our youth-serving programs, helps our children demonstrate improvement in developing life skills and achieving academic proficiency.

The Y is also where kids make friends, have fun, get active and discover new interests. Our activities, which range from leadership development to sports and arts, give kids the opportunity to become confident today and healthier, happier grown-ups tomorrow.

All of us have had mentors and had moments in our lives that shaped our sense of who we are. The Y is filled with staff and volunteers who truly believe that every kid has promise and who work hard to help kids reach their potential and, in many cases, become role models to these children. We know that our self-image can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Life can present overwhelming obstacles, and many parents have to work to survive, resulting in the constant depletion of family time. With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get. That’s why the YMCA of Greater Louisville offers support to families in our communities through child development programs:

EARLY LEARNING READINESS provides an educational foundation for pre-school children and their caretakers, helping ensure they are ready for kindergarten and can keep up with their peers in school.

SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE provides a safe, enriching environment where kids in elementary and middle school can learn, grow and thrive during the critical hours before and after school.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS focus on nurturing each child’s development by building foundational skills, trusting relationships and self-esteem through our values of caring honesty, respect and responsibility.

SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM focuses on helping elementary students, who are most at risk for falling behind in their reading skills, to stay on track and avoid summer learning loss.

photo_phtaquaticcam06lengthsb_download_3SAFETY AROUND WATER PROGRAM is a free summer program designed to reach children at risk of drowning and teach them basic water safety skills to keep them safe in and around water.

HEALTHY WEIGHT AND YOUR CHILD PROGRAM engages families in healthy lifestyle education through evidence-based programs to help youth work toward a healthy weight.

YMCA YOUTH ACHIEVERS helps elementary and middle-school students develop social skills, self-esteem, friendships and gain new culturally based experiences though field trips and workshops.

YMCA BLACK ACHIEVERS motivates teens in grades 8 – 12 during the academic school year to strive for their full potential and work hard to reach higher education and career goals.

SAFE PLACE SERVICES SHELTER offers a free, temporary residential shelter to homeless and vulnerable youth, ages 12 – 17, as well as provides mediation and other resources for the youth and their families.

Y-NOW MENTORING PROGRAM works with youth, ages 11 -15, who have a parent in prison, and provides the hope, confidence and courage they need to break the cycle of incarceration.

NEWCOMER ACADEMY PROGRAM is an after-school academic, social and sports program for immigrant and refugee students new to the U.S., who are in middle or high school at JCPS Newcomer Academy.

Y-CAP and DIAMONDS PROGRAMS focus on positive youth development for middle and high school students through healthy lifestyle, education and service activities. Y-CAP works specifically with at-risk youth and their families.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAMS are designed so that children ages 5 – 14, with a physical or mental disability have the opportunity to make friends, have fun and build skills through team sports.


CAMPS, SWIM, SPORTS AND PLAY Overnight, day or specialty camps provide kids with a variety of imaginative activities that make sure they are able to stay engaged and discover more about themselves and the world around them during the summer.

Kids gain confidence and really see what they can achieve when they learn how to swim. When kids play sports at the Y, they build positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork.

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

Learn about giving to the Y on our website.