Being a force for positive change in our community means being focused.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body; prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that’s just the beginning.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis strives to bring about meaningful change in both individuals, as well as communities. To do this, we must be focused and accountable. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

At the Y, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus: Youth DevelopmentHealthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

We’re old enough to know that success starts young. That’s why we’re advocates for helping children through all phases of their development. Our child care programs teach children essential social skills and values, giving them the foundations they’ll need to flourish. Youth swim lessons build confidence and save lives, while youth sports teach fundamentals and instill in children the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Leadership and college preparation programs, such as mentoring and Y Achievers, help older kids develop their talents, give back to the community, and become healthy, engaged adults.

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Healthy Living

Improving the nation’s health and well-being.

Being healthy is about more than just exercising your body. It’s about balancing physical fitness with an equally strong mind and spirit. At the Y, we offer the people, programs and facilities that let everyone pursue this balance. Whether you’re reconnecting with family members during Y Family Night, learning how to combat Type II Diabetes in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, discovering new skills in a class or sports league, or simply burning off a few pesky calories in pilates, the Y is a place where you can make yourself healthier every day—and in every respect.

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Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

We’re not only part of the Indianapolis community, we’re also a leader. And to that end, we want to be both a catalyst for healthy change, as well as a resource for those who need our assistance. We provide tools and services to help address a variety of critical social issues: Child welfare, employment, housing, education and substance abuse. As part of the worldwide YMCA network, we can bring together people like few other organizations, building awareness for different cultures and pooling resources from around the globe. And we’re a widely-respected advocate for the community, leading grassroots campaigns and influencing public policy to affect positive change.

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