Mission & Values



Our Cause Defines Us
We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. By offering affordable child care to families, by developing sports and aquatics programs that positively engage youth, by helping adults live healthier lifestyles, and through a variety of other programs that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body. People of all ages and walks of life come to the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati because they know that we are here for them, as we have been for over 160 years.


Our Impact Is Felt Every Day Through Our Mission
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Our Strength Is In Community
The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

 


OUR FOCUS

Youth Development
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Healthy Living
In communities throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility
The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, volunteers and donors, leaders and partners are empowering others to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

 


OUR VALUES

Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility
At the Y, our core values are not just a way of thinking-they are an integral part of who we are. They are the essential principles that unite us, guide our behavior, our decisions and our interactions with one another. Every day, we show genuine concern for others and are sincere in what we say and do. We treat everyone as we would like to be treated. And we are always accountable for our promises and our actions. As long as we stay true to ourselves and true to others, we cannot help but accomplish great things.