Every day, the Capital District YMCA will create a safe and healthy environment for personal growth, increasing impact through our programs, and helping those in need as a leader and catalyst in strengthening our urban, suburban, and rural communities. 


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Youth Development

All kids have potential. At the CDYMCA, we work every day to help them achieve personal and educational goals. Each year, thousands of children and teens build skills and confidence as they explore new interests and passions through CDYMCA programs. Leadership and academic enrichment programs—including Youth and Government and college preparation—along with our dedicated efforts to close the academic achievement gap for low-income youth ensure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future.

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Racial Equity and Inclusion

As an anchor in the Capital District, the Y is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, knowing that these efforts create better opportunities for all. In the critical role as community advocate and partner, the Y is uniquely positioned to bring our community together. We are committed to bringing people with diverse backgrounds and experiences together to listen, learn, and share through programs like the Black and Latino Achievers, open community forums to discuss race and inequities, and by providing health and wellness programs to our immigrant and refugee population. 

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Health Disparities

The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities through building a healthy, mind, body, and spirit. Together, we work to ensure our community of any gender identification/ expression, income, faith, race, sexual orientation, or cultural background has the opportunity to live life to the fullest in a safe and supportive environment. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility-everything we do stems from these.

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Social Responsibility

The YMCA believes our communities are strongest when everyone is included and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We welcome and connect people of all generations, backgrounds, and perspectives, and we’re committed to addressing issues that people face to create positive change. 

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