WE BUILD STRONG KIDS STRONG FAMILIES STRONG COMMUNITIES.
Long before the Village People popularized it in song, the YMCA of Greater New York was welcoming and serving men, women, boys and girls of all ages, races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. YMCA stands for Young Men s Christian Organization. The YMCA of Greater New York was established in 1852, and formed in 1853 by a special act of the New York State Legislature to serve young men as they moved to New York City. The YMCA was their safe haven for lodging, recreation, social activities and spiritual growth. It is the second oldest YMCA in the United States. Over the years, the YMCA of Greater New York has grown to encompass 20 YMCA branches and 200 sites throughout the five boroughs, and three camps and one conference center upstate. It is part of a World Alliance of YMCAs in 130 countries. Families join the YMCA both for adult activities and programs for their children.