About Us

Strengthening Community

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors in more than 10,0000 communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Douglas R. Kohl President/CEO, Akron Area YMCA
We do what we do because we want individual men, women, boys and girls to have access to this great rich thing we call the YMCA Experience. All that we do is focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Douglas R. Kohl President/CEO, Akron Area YMCA

Our Areas of Focus:


For Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That's why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.


For Healthy Living

In communities across the nation, 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, millions of 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.


For Social Responsibility

The Y listens and responds to our communities' most critical social needs — giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through educations and training, preventing chronic disease or building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.