The Y’s “Building A Stronger, Healthier Community” capital fundraising campaign supports the YMCA of Greater St. Louis in a variety of ways. Facility renovations and expansions enable the Y to provide positive alternatives and safe havens for children, families and communities.
Our campaign has enabled us to expand the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA, the South City Family YMCA, the South County Family YMCA and the Jefferson County Family YMCA. Capital dollars also enabled the Y to make considerable infrastructure improvements to the YMCA of the Ozarks and Trout Lodge, including a new "Raptor Village" nature center and outdoor program pavilion, and improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
Beyond "bricks & mortar," our Capital Campaign has helped the Y expand its Urban Core initiatives for youth, giving them quality programs to keep them safe and healthy and off the streets.
Thanks to program development and expansion made possible by generous donations to the capital campaign, the Y is able to invest in tomorrow's youth and prepare them to be successful leaders. These Y programs include:
Learning Labs: Four labs offer children help with math and reading at the Monsanto and Emerson YMCAs, the YMCA Literacy Council and Cool Valley Elementary School. A fifth lab is scheduled to open soon in the Carondelet Park Rec Complex.
Youth University: Middle school and high school youth are encouraged to become the first generation in their families to attend college. Youth University educates young people about college life and learning opportunities, and supports them in their decision to pursue a degree.
Youth in Government: Capital campaign funds supported the expansion of this youth leadership and citizenship initiative. More than 120 teens from YMCA branches located in the urban core of St. Louis participated in the YMCA Youth in Government annual convention in Jefferson City.
When you give to the Y, you strengthen our community. As the nation's leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.