The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is one of approximately 2,700 locally managed and governed nonprofit associations across the United States, guided and supported by the national resource office, the YMCA of the USA. The YMCA has been active in Kansas City since 1860.
The organization's main areas of focus are Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Youth Development focuses on the nourishment of every child and teen. Healthy Living focuses on improving the nation's health and well-being, starting with our own community. Social Responsibility focuses on giving back and supporting our neighbors.
The YMCA takes part in service on the local and global level. Founded in London in 1844, the YMCA now has presence in 119 different countries and serves 45 million people. Currently, the YMCA of GKC is two years into the English as a Second Language program and was recently awarded a grant to expand the program. Moving forward, the YMCA is also exploring additional partnerships in the local community, as well as research and work to establish and International Partnership with other YMCA locations around the world. Soon, they will launch conversational Spanish classes to help staff be more welcoming and inclusive with our diverse community.