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. 

Thousands of children across the Capital Region attended our camps, after-school programs, vacation club, and early childhood care centers, providing affordable and enriching programming for children. We provide scholarships to countless families around the Capital District for childcare including camp. Through our Youth and Government program, hundreds of students from across the state gather in Albany to use their thoughts, voice, and actions to grow and contribute as productive members of society. We work with Girls on the Run , empowering young women by building confidence, kindness, and decision making skills through health and wellness. We have a partnership with the Shred Foundation which works to introduce youth in local, rural, and, urban areas to snowboarding, and to open their eyes to the opportunities and professional growth it provides. Our Y branches offer youth programming including swim team, basketball, strength training, and more.