The Y is committed to work to ensure every young person in the Greater St. Louis area from 5 to 15 years of age has the opportunity to become a healthy and productive member of society. Enrollment in YMCA youth programs in urban areas is currently more than 5,000 annually and continues to grow.
Financial assistance in the branches that serve these areas likewise continues to grow, and the need for quality, values-based programs continues to increase. The YMCA has the experience and the expertise to deliver. Y programs help youth grow as whole people—in spirit, mind and body.
When the YMCA annually serves more than 15,000 youth in the St. Louis urban core:
- Youth have a safe place to go, keeping them off the streets and out of gangs and other illegal activity.
- They are exposed to more opportunities for learning and education, leading to a higher high school graduation rate and a higher percentage pursuing post-secondary education.
- They understand their roles as future leaders in our communities and prepare to lead us.
They lead healthier lives—physically, mentally and spiritually—and the entire community benefits.