Racial Equity and Inclusion

As an anchor in the communities we serve, 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

We work to be an anti- racist multicultural YMCA that embraces and celebrates all dimensions of diversity – ensuring equity within our organization, to ensure in all cases, we denounce any form of racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, misogyny, and ageism, and all explicit and implicit forms of hate or oppression

Our Y provides access to critical programs and services. In this unprecedented time, our community and the most vulnerable among us need the Y more than ever.

Community Forums Examining Equity and Inclusion

Please join our continued efforts to brings people with diverse backgrounds and experiences together to listen, learn and share their perspectives on issues regarding racial equity and social justice.

Please join our efforts!

Black & Latino Achievers Program

Thanks to the Black & Latino Achievers program, hundreds of at risk youth rely on the Y to help them set and achieve their goals — for school and for life. We continue to engage Achievers through a variety of on-line gatherings and activities.

Here, an Achiever student receives valuable guidance regarding how to conduct a virtual college visit.

Youth & Government

Our Youth & Government program is provided to teens across the Capital Region. This program and many other youth programs help teens and young adults develop into the best versions of themselves. As record numbers of our youth struggle with anxiety, depression, and other serious challenges, the need for these programs becomes ever more critical.