Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Strengthening Our Work Through the Diversity of Our People
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together, we work to ensure that every individual-of any gender, income, faith, race, sexual orientation or cultural background-has the opportunity to live life to the fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility-everything we do stems from these. We know that the key to effectively nurturing the potential of children, improving the nation's health and well-being and supporting our neighbors is a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers and members who value what everyone brings to the table. Working in 10,000 U.S. communities and more than 120 countries worldwide makes strong diversity and inclusion practices paramount for the Y. Believing we all benefit from the unique talents of our diverse staff, we encourage all Y employees to form and participate in active groups with other employees who share similar interests or backgrounds. Employee Resource Groups give our employees opportunities to contribute, learn, network and share experiences as they progress in their careers. Employee Resource Groups provide invaluable input and insight to address challenges in our communities. See Link for more information. The Y offers professional development and training programs that steward staff through a range of opportunities that build 21st-Century leadership competence and help them obtain the experience they need to lead YMCAs in all our communities. Diversity and inclusion practices at the Y foster a high-performing learning environment where staff and volunteers are engaged and valued and where they are encouraged to collaborate, generate ideas and contribute at the highest level. We are passionate about our cause and know that our ability to achieve it begins with reflecting and partnering with all people and communities.