The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London, England, in 1844, and the YMCA was organized in Auburn in 1859. The YMCA merged with the Women’s Education and Industrial Union (WEIU) in 1970. As a member of this organization, you are joining an establishment rich in history and paving the way for productive, responsible future generations.
The YMCA owns and operates two locations in the Auburn area: the main facility in the city and Camp Y-Owasco on Owasco Lake. We also operate seven school-age childcare sites in our service area.
As a dynamic community-based organization led by volunteers, the YMCA has continued to grow and change over the years to meet community needs as they arise. Today the YMCA is an organization open to all who wish to be a part of the YMCA as members, community participants, volunteers, or staff in the many programs and services offered. These programs and services include aquatics, camping, preschool, school-age childcare, family programs, health, fitness, and active older adult programs, and youth sports.
In 2010, the Auburn YMCA-WEIU and the Skaneateles Recreational Charitable Trust entered into a partnership to manage the Skaneateles Community Center. Management of this facility continued through December 31, 2023 .
The Y IS FOR EVERYONE!
The Y is made up of all ages from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen the community. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, which guide us in everything we do.
THE Y IS FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.
We believe that all kids deserve opportunities to discover who they are and what they can achieve.
That’s why, through the Y, youth today are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.
THE Y IS FOR HEALTHY LIVING.
The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun, and shared interests.
THE Y IS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
The Y has been listening and responding to our communites most crucial needs for 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being, welcoming and connecting diverse populations, or advocating for healthier communities, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.