The Rye YMCA was founded in 1913 and chartered in 1919. The Rye Y is at the heart of the community offering a variety of programs including childcare, wellness classes, skill development programs, recreation and family activities. We have over 11,00 members including children, teens, adults and families. YMCAs collectively make up the largest nonprofit community service organization in America. YMCAs are at the heart of community life in neighborhoods and towns across the nation. They work to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women and children. Ys help people develop values and behavior that are consistent with Christian principles. Ys are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. YMCAs'' strength is in the people they bring together. In the average Y, a volunteer board sets policy for its executive, who manages the operation with full-time and part-time staff and volunteer leaders. Ys meet local community needs through organized activities called programs. In its own way, every Y nurtures the healthy development of children and teens; strengthens families; and makes its community a healthier, safer, better place to live. YMCA programs are tools for building the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Longtime leaders in community-based health and fitness and aquatics, Ys teach kids to swim, offer exercise classes for people with disabilities and lead adult aerobics. They also offer hundreds of other programs in response to community needs, including camping, child care (the Y movement is the nation''s largest not-for-profit provider), teen clubs, environmental programs, substance abuse prevention, youth sports, family nights, job training, international exchange and many more. Organization: Each YMCA is a charitable nonprofit, qualifying under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Each is independent. YMCAs are required by the national constitution to pay annual dues, to refrain from discrimination and to support the YMCA mission. All other decisions are local choices, including programs offered, staffing and style of operation. The national office, called the YMCA of the USA, is in Chicago. Its purpose is to serve member associations. International: YMCAs are at work in more than 120 countries around the world, serving more than 45 million people. Some 230 local US Ys maintain more than 370 relationships with Ys in other countries, operate international programs and contribute to YMCA work worldwide through the YMCA World Service campaign. Like other national YMCA movements, the YMCA of the USA is a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. History: The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844 by George Williams and about a dozen friends who lived and worked as clerks in a drapery - a forerunner of dry-goods and department stores. Their goal was to help young men like themselves find God. The first members were evangelical Protestants who prayed and studied the Bible as an alternative to vice. The Y movement has always been nonsectarian and today accepts those of all faiths at all levels of the organization, despite its unchanging name, the Young Men''s Christian Association. The first U.S. YMCA started in Boston in 1851, the work of Thomas Sullivan, a retired sea captain who was a lay missionary. Ys spread fast and soon were serving boys and older men as well as young men. Although 5,145 women worked in YMCA military canteens in World War I, it wasn''t until after World War II that women and girls were admitted to full membership and participation in the US YMCAs. Today half of all YMCA members and program members are female, and half are under age 18.
The RYE YMCA offers a wide variety of programs and services including the following:
Child Care - To assist working families we offer 1 licensed after school child care program, which provides age appropriate activities during after school hours for children in grades K-5. Our program serves children from Rye, NY and Harrison, NY. Over 60 children are enrolled in the program.
Aquatics - We teach swimming lessons to both children and adults. Also we have lap swimming and water exercise. Over 1000 children per week take swimming lessons at the Rye Y.
Youth Sports - We offer a variety of skill classes in basketball, soccer, baseball, gymnastics and racquetball. Children are not only taught sport specific skills but also learn about the core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility through their participation.
Teens - We offer a teen leadership program, weight training, after school activities and a weekend teen center program. On average 70-80 middle schoolers come to our Saturday night teen center program.
Fitness - We have a state of the art fitness center and offer personal training, aerobics, yoga, pilates and spinning classes. We also manage the fitness center at a local retirement community and Yoga studio at a local holistic center.
Family - We offer family gym and swim activities and special events.
Summer Camp - We run an ACA accredited summer day camp. Between this and various summer sports camps that we offer we have over 400 children in our care each day of the summer months.
The Rye Y also collaborates w/many local organizations to support a variety of other community needs.