Basketball, volleyball, racquetball and Father’s Day all started at the Y. We pioneered the USO, the Peace Corps and things like pre-school, camping and group swimming lessons. Our programs, services and initiatives get kids off the street, help send disadvantaged teens to college, provide shelter for the homeless and care for the elderly, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers, and help foster a nationwide service ethic.
Deeply rooted in our local community, our movement is made up of people of all ages, faiths and abilities, all working side-by-side to ensure that everyone, regardless of gender, income or background has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We value caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and everything we do stems from this.
Shared values hold families and communities together; and character development must be a responsibility shared by the whole community. If we work together to live out our values every day, and pass them on to our children, we can go a long way toward solving some of our society’s most pressing problems. Please join us in accepting this challenge to make our community and our world a better place – a place where everyone can succeed.
The purpose of the Kansas State Alliance of YMCAs is to represent the collective voice and impact of all 11 Kansas Y Associations; foster statewide communication and cooperation; and inspire, nurture and strengthen communities by advancing youth development, healthy living and social responsibility through advocacy, programming and collaboration.
In 1899, the Kansas University basketball team, coached by Dr. James Naismith, played its first varsity game at the Kansas City YMCA against a YMCA team: YMCA 16, Kansas University 5.
The Y is committed to strengthening community because we are the community. Together with you, your family and your neighbors, our movement strengthens America’s towns and cities through the promotion of three things: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. As an organization, we’ve successfully done it for 160 years, and we’re determined to keep doing it.
When a dozen young working men founded the YMCA of London in 1844, their focus was on satisfying the spiritual needs of young men like themselves. They worked to bring their peers into a safe place where they could reject the vices of the street and develop in spirit. The Y has changed greatly since those early days and now has a presence in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation. Through our programs, the Y helps people of all ages and from all walks of life to learn, grow and thrive.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthier spirit, mind and body for all.
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. That’s why we focus our work in three areas:
Youth Development—nurturing the potential of every child and teen
Healthy Living—improving the nation’s health and well-being
Social Responsibility—giving back and providing support to our neighbors
The Kansas State Alliance of YMCA’s main purpose is to advocate for issues of importance to the 11 independent Kansas YMCA associations and the thousands of children and family we serve. We know when we speak with one voice we can move individuals, communities and our entire state forward. We are a grassroots driven and governed organization that advocates on behalf of the YMCA and its mission. We monitor legislative and regulatory issues and educate policymakers on all of the community services provided by the YMCAs in Kansas.