YMCA of Greater St. Louis

YMCA

YMCA of Greater St. Louis

Mission and Vision

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

Values and the YMCA Name

  • Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith remain the basis for all we do.
  • The Y is the YMCA. People most commonly refer to us as "the Y," so that's what we're calling ourselves.
  • The "MCA" is not gone. "YMCA" is part of the new logo, introduced in 2010.
  • Our Y exists to serve all through inclusive services and programs.
  • In addition to mental and physical components, our Vision for Youth includes a spiritual component — the goal is to increase spiritual awareness in children and teens by encouraging volunteer service as an expression of love toward one another.

HISTORY OF THE YMCA MISSION

The Mission for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis has remained consistent since its foundation in 1853. To learn more about the history of the Y in St. Louis, please visit the History page.

YMCA VISION

The YMCA commits to the spiritual, mental and physical growth of all children and teens in the Greater St. Louis area.

Since 1853, the YMCA of Greater St. Louis has helped people grow in spirit, mind and body.

The Y has committed 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, productive member of society.

Areas of Impact

Spiritual Growth
Goal: By the year 2020 increase spiritual awareness of loving one another and service to others by doubling the number of youth volunteers.

Mental Development
Goal: By the year 2020 increase the number of youth reading at/above their grade level by 3 percent.

Physical Health
Goal: By the year 2020 stop the increase in youth obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has tripled from 1980 to 2004.

Guiding Principles 

Access to All

Family Support

Challenging All Adults to Help Youth