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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Music Class

Join the Capital District YMCA for an Indian/Pakistani music class!

  • Sundays from 2-3:30 pm
  • Healthy Living Center, Hannaford, 900 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
  • Free and open to all

Email Rifat Filkins to sign up!

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ESL Classes

  • Saturday, 10-11:30 am – Divided into three adult levels and a child level

  • Monday, 10 – 11 am – Literacy Volunteers Class

  • Tuesday, 4-5 pm – Intermediate Class

  • Wednesday, 10 – 11 am – Literacy Volunteers Class

Free and open to all!

Want to get involved?

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.

Programs and Services include:

  • Youth soccer program at Bleeker Stadium 
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday ESL classes at the Healthy Living Center located in Hannaford on Central Ave
  • Online ESL classes
  • In partnership with the Salvation Army, weekly food deliveries with culturally appropriate food
  • Music classes
  • Swim lessons
  • Provide backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards through Running Start