At its heart, the YMCA is an advocate for youth and a leader in developing programs that help young people overcome barriers and leap toward opportunities. Our goal is to build thriving communities for kids — and this takes bold work. That’s why we relentlessly pursue new ways to push what's possible, challenge limits and open doors so everyone has an equal chance to succeed.
Our commitment to children and youth is demonstrated through a deep and diverse stable of initiatives that includes mentoring programs and teaching real-life skills, offering engaging out-of-school activities, aiding at home, as well as being at the forefront to address and support homeless youth and those in the juvenile justice system.
The Y Stands for Youth — and we invite you to learn about these programs and join us in standing up for the youth of the Greater Twin Cities.
The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and the Richfield Public Schools intend to apply for a Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cohort 8 grant to expand the reach of the Beacons Network.
The Minneapolis Beacons Network is a collaborative initiative between schools, community, and families with the mission to improve academic, social, and lifework development of youth in low-income communities.
YMCA Neighborhood Centers serve families where they live with a goal to meet critical needs and support a path out of poverty.
Youth Intervention Services
Youth Intervention Services focus on young people experiencing life challenges due to circumstances of foster care, involvement with the juvenile justice system, or homelessness.