Mission: To put christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The ymca completed the vision planning process in 2008 for the ymca vision plan 2020, which is built on the three priority areas of balanced health, strong families, and accessibility to all. Themes in the vision include serving under-resourced communities, working through partnerships, and development and alignment of staff, volunteers, and facilities vision plan 2020 represents a paradigm shift for the ymca from serving people with facility based programming to changing lives throughout northeast florida with evidence and outcomes based programming.
Programs: For youth development: 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. In 2017, we served 17,496 individuals. We provided $614,262 in financial assistance to 3,770 participants in ymca programs for youth development. These programs are grouped into four categories: child care; education & leadership; swim, sports & play; and camp. Child care with so many demands on today's families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That is why child care and early learning programs at the y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, to develop healthy, trusting relationships, and to build self-reliance through the y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Education & leadership all kids have great potential. At the y, we work every day to help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. As a result, millions of children and teens nationwide gain confidence as they recognize the y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. Additionally, through our leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring and college preparation, the y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community. Swim, sports & play the y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active and developing healthy habits they'll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the y is about building the whole child from the inside out. Camp overnight, day or specialty camps at the y share one thing: they are about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it's fun, too.
for healthy living - being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It is 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. In 2016, we provided $1,330,040 in financial assistance to families participating in ymca programs for healthy living. These programs are grouped into four categories: family time; health, well-being & fitness; sports & recreation; and group interests. Family time: serving families has always been at the heart of the y. We are a place where families can find respite from social, economic and educational challenges, and learn how to overcome them. We have a fundamental desire to provide opportunities for every family to build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance, and become more engaged with their communities. Health, well-being & fitness: because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the y is so much more than just working out. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength. Sports & recreation: we believe sports, fun and exploring new interests are not just for the young. Along with improving health, whenever teamwork is involved, there is the added benefit of being connected to others. That is why you will find a range of recreational activities at the y. With something to offer everyone, there is no such thing as being too old to get in the game. Group interests: whether you are new to the community or simply want to pursue a new hobby, the y brings together people who love to learn. Whether you want to cook new dishes, join a bible study, create pottery, or speak a new language, you will learn right alongside others from your community who share your interests.
for social responsibility - the generosity of others is at the core of the y's existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of hundreds of thousands of volunteers nationwide and public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage. To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We are here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best. In 2016, we provided $41,149 in financial assistance to families participating in ymca programs for social responsibility. These programs are grouped into four categories: social services; global services; volunteerism & giving; and advocacy. Through the y, hundreds of volunteers on the first coast, and more than 500,000 across the nation, along with donors, leaders and partners are empowering millions of people, and the communities in which they live to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. In 2016, more than 17,933 hours were invested in service to the community by 3,227 ymca volunteers. Together, we make sure every child has a chance at a brighter future, provide opportunities for the young and young at heart to achieve better health and well-being, and give everyone a place to belong, regardless of any financial barrier that may exist