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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. 

The CDYMCA works closely with the Refugee Welcome Center, and U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to provide programming to refugees and immigrants in our community including yoga, swim classes, wellness programming, ESL classes, and camp. We have partnerships with Sage College and the Refugee & Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Inc. to provide more services across the Capital Region. In 2022, we launched a soccer program at Bleaker Stadium in Albany for refugee and immigrant children to help learn English, in addition to team-building and communication skills.

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