For Youth Development

From Cradle to Career

With so many demands on today's families and the increased focus on healthy childhood development, families need all the support they can get. The Y is here to give a boost to our youth in the Greater Louisville area with many programs ranging from sports and camps to leadership development.

For Youth Development

Nurturing the Potential of Every Child

Child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

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    School-Age Child Care

    With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the help they can get. That's why the YMCA is America's largest nonprofit child care...
  • YMCA Louisville Northeast branch Kids' Club

    Kids' Club

    At the YMCA, we give parents the peace of mind to know that their child is enjoying fun-filled activities in a safe, supervised environment while they...

Youth and Teens

We help kids set and achieve personal and educational goals. Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs, such as mentoring and college preparation, the Y sees to it that every kid has the opportunity to pursue a positive future and take an active role in strengthening their community.

  • Teens planting trees at YMCA's youth mentoring program

    YMCA Youth Achievers

    The YMCA's Youth Achievers is a youth mentoring program for kids in elementary and middle school who will learn culturally sensitive curriculum.
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    YMCA Black Achievers

    YMCA Black Achievers is a multicultural effort to create equity in education as well as in the workplace by motivating African American/Black and...
  • Teens standing together for YMCA's leadership development program

    Find Your Roots

    Dig deep into the history of your family with the YMCA's unique leadership development program on ancestry and immigration.

Youth Sports

The Y is the starting point for many kids and teens to learn about the importance of being active while developing lifelong healthy habits. Kids gain confidence with the encouragement of our staff, coaches and volunteers, whether they're jumping in a pool for the first time or scoring a goal in soccer. At the Y, kids and teens build positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship, teamwork and confidence.

  • Coach talking to kids for YMCA Louisville youth fitness program

    Youth Sports

    Here at the YMCA of Greater Louisville, we ensure that our youth sports leagues' games are safe, fair and most of all, fun. Sign up for our youth...
  • YMCA Louisville coach teaching children during swimming lessons

    Swim Lessons

    The YMCA is the nation's favorite swim instructor. We teach people of all ages and from all backgrounds that water can be fun — not feared — if you...
  • YMCA Louisville swim team members swimming laps

    Youth Swim Team

    You don't need to be an advanced swimmer to take part in the YMCA's local competitive swim teams! At the Y, we teach swimmers of all abilities...


Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing in common: they're about discovery. Kids get the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities and make lifelong friends and memories.

    • Children surrounding YMCA camp counselor at YMCA Louisville Summer Day Camps

      YMCA Summer Day Camps

      YMCA summer day camps offer powerful learning environments and are places where a child’s social education and independence develop. They provide...