Our Focus


Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.


Improving the nation's health and well-being.

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it's not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.


Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

The generosity of others is at the core of the Y's existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.

Pioneering Healthier Communities

Growing a Wisconsin Alliance of YMCAs.

The Wisconsin Alliance of YMCAs received a grant from the Y's Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) – an initiative aimed at addressing the childhood obesity epidemic through policy, systems and environmental change. Wisconsin is one of only 14 states to receive funds from YMCA of the USA. By focusing on states with high rates of childhood obesity, PHC will reduce the trend by convening state and community leaders to work together to implement strategies that support healthy living. 

Statewide Community Benefit Report

Working Together for a Greater Impact.

The Wisconsin Alliance of YMCAs is excited to share details about cumulative impact of Ys in Wisconsin.  Each Y serves it's community in a unique way but our combined efforts provide $9.6 million in financial assistance ensuring that children and families have access to programming that promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 
A PDF summary of our impact can be found here.