In 1853, the YMCA of Greater Louisville was founded and chartered as a membership organization. The 10th YMCA in the United States, today we have ten convenient branch locations and two extensions throughout the Greater Louisville area. We are also the largest provider of before- and after-school care in the state, celebrate the most extensive Black Achiever's Program in the country and are the proud founder of Safe Place Services, serving as the national headquarters of this outstanding organization.

As a non-profit organization, our involvement in the community is our measure of success. We are proud to have been selected to serve as a YMCA Activate America - Pioneering Healthier Communities association. We are committed to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities and emphasize the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.



Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they really are and what they can achieve. That's why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.


Improving the nation's well-being In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together,encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being paid for their spirit, mind and body.


Giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training,welcoming and connecting diverse the demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.




The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), which helps donors make informed giving decisions, has awarded YMCA of the USA an `A' in its most recent ratings. AIP gave the Armed Services YMCA an `A-' grade. Y-USA is one of only two national human services charities to receive an A grade or better. The Armed Services YMCA is one of just four veterans and military charities to receive an A- grade or better. AIP bases its grades on two factors: 1) how much it costs an organization to raise 0 in public contributions and 2) the percentage of an organization's total expenses spent on services.


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Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.