YMCA OF COLUMBIA-WILLAMETTE

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Areas of Focus

For Youth Development

Children, regardless of where they live or income level, struggle to develop the positive values, ethic of civic responsibility and educational skills necessary to be prepared for adulthood. The YMCA’s youth development approach demonstrates notable success in bolstering developmental assets related to school success and character. At the Y, we support and encourage children and teens as they learn about positive behaviors relating to leadership, service to others and healthy actions.

For Healthy Living

We are raising the least fit, least healthy generation of children in our nation’s history. The associated health care and social costs threaten to overwhelm the community’s ability to respond. The YMCA is the historical leader for building health in spirit, mind and body for all ages. We will help turn the tide by expanding research-based lifestyle health programs that emphasize and support families’ involvement in improving activity and nutrition. We work to provide communities and individuals with programs that promote overall well-being and reduce the risk of illness and disease.

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For Social Responsibility

Families are under increasing stress, not connected to supportive communities and unsure of where to go for help in balancing work, family and civic responsibilities. The YMCA offers a community gathering place where diverse families participate with and learn from each other, in welcoming environments where they can experience an array of activities and access supportive resources. We aid individuals and communities in reaching their full potential through multi-level approaches and solutions, because we are all in this together, and together we can motivate positive change. We are empowering communities we serve to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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