YMCA of Central Kentucky

About our Y

Our Mission

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

Our Cause

We are a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why our cause and our programs are based on the needs and interests that will strengthen our communities.

Our Work

The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promote strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive by providing supportive and inclusive environments that nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Our Values

We have four core character values that are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, interactions with each other, our programs and curriculum, and our decision-making.      

Caring  *  Honesty  *  Respect   *   Responsibility

Our Philanthropy

Each year, the YMCA of Central Kentucky provides more than $1 million in financial assistance. That assistance is possible because of the generosity of our donors. Every year, the Y staff and volunteers  actively go into the community during our annual campaign to raise the dollars needed to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, ability level, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Financial assistance helps keep the Y available for kids and families who need us most and provides programs that are responding to pressing community needs. 100% of all donations go directly toward providing life-changing experiences that will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in our Central Kentucky community.

Because our mission is to serve ALL people, financial assistance is made available to any individual or family who wants to participate in a YMCA program or activity but who cannot afford the fee. 

Our History

The YMCA of Central Kentucky has served Lexington and the surrounding area since 1853. Through our focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility we support the healthy development of people of all ages. Today, the YMCA of Central Kentucky operates four facilities in Lexington, as well as, programs in Jessamine and Scott Counties. Financial assistance is funded through generous donations; this ensures our programs and services are available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.



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