Vision 2020: All Kids Deserve A's



The Y is committed to nurturing the potential in kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility in all that we do. Through our “All Kids Deserve A’s” initiative, we strategically align our programs and collaborations so that we can address the needs of our communities in five specific areas: Asset-Rich Environments, Engaged Adults, Access to All, Partnerships with Parents, and Healthy Living.


We are proud to share the strides we have made in each area of this initiative:


Asset-Rich Environments- With accredited and award-winning day and residential camps, child care, and sports programs, the Y is a place that parents rely on and trust to nurture the potential in their children.


Engaged Adults-Over 2,500 volunteers offer their time and talents to the Y each year. Whether it’s coaching soccer in our Youth Sports programs, preparing a teen for the ACT in our Black & Latino Achievers Program, or helping to organize special community events, our volunteers are a vital asset to the young people and families that we serve.


Access to All-We believe that no one should be turned away from the Y due to their inability to pay. To assist those who face economic challenges, every year we raise nearly $2 million in our Annual Support Campaign and allocate over $3.5 million so that individuals and families may become members of the Y on an income-based sliding fee scale.


Parent Partnerships- To meet the needs of working families, the Y provides a variety of full/part time educational and recreational programs for their children throughout the week. Parents receive feedback about their child’s cognitive, social, and physical development and are invited to participate in family-focused events throughout the year.


Healthy Living- As lead agency in the Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative, supported by the CDC and corporate donors, the Y has taken proactive measures to address the rise in chronic health issues through prevention programming. This year, UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, selected the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as one of 7 organizations nation-wide to conduct the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention program. Led by registered dieticians and certified YMCA instructors, participants receive individualized nutrition consultations and fitness training to help them on the path to healthier lifestyles.