The Y. For a Better Us

Everyone knows the Y as a place to camp, swim, or exercise, but we’re so much more. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We’re a spirit, a movement and a cause. We’re working side-by-side with our neighbors to address critical community needs that help kids develop into smart, resilient adults, for people to improve their health and build a sense of community, and for our most vulnerable young people to get the care and support they need.

About Us

Founded in 1877, the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has long been a part of the Lansing community. From the very start, listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs has been a part of the Y’s core values. We’ve grown from a small association holding meetings where it could to a strong organization of more than 12,000 members across 5 branches.

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Our Mission 

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.

Our Cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our children, our health and our neighbors. That is why, 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.

Nonprofit

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Y provides crucial programs and services to more than 230,000 people every year. With the help of generous donors, we are able to provide more than 250 homeless youth safe, stable housing, 115,000 healthy meals to school-age youth, and more than $9.5 million in financial assistance to more than 27,000 people to ensure everyone has a chance to succeed and belong at the Y.

Our Focus Areas

Youth Development

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

Healthy Living

Improving the nation’s health and well-beingIn 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, thousands of youth, adults and families in Greater Lansing are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve better health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbor. The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for more than 140 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through community services, or building healthier communities through collaborations with community leaders, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, thousands of volunteers and donors, leaders and partners across Greater Lansing are empowering thousands of people in our community to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.