About the YMCA of Central Florida

Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community.

Why the Y? Guided by our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith, we empower everyone by ensuring access to critical programs, services, and relationships. For more than 175 years, we’ve remained dedicated to helping Central Floridians learn, grow, and thrive.

About the YMCA of Central Florida

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Our Mission

To improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families, and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen spirit, mind, and body.

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Our Purpose

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by connecting children, teens, adults, and seniors to their potential, purpose, and each other.

Who We Are

Every community needs a leader to bring people together, compel others to action, and empower every individual to be their best so the community can grow stronger together. We’re more than a gym; the YMCA of Central Florida is a nonprofit organization that’s been serving Central Floridians since 1885. We’re a coalition of members committed to the idea that our community can be better tomorrow than it is today.

What We Do

We have presence and partnerships to deliver positive change across Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole, Lake, and Marion counties. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone—regardless of age, income, or background—has access to life-changing opportunities. The Y helps today’s youth develop into well-educated adults, empower individuals of all ages to live healthier lives, and inspire people to give back and support those in need.

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Why it Matters

Our impact is felt daily in more than 100 neighborhoods, and our obligation to the community is continuously growing. Together with our advocates, we’ll continue to innovate, embrace new partners, and be a force for transforming communities in Central Florida and around the world.

Areas of Impact

Youth Development

Youth Development

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Healthy Living

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

My Y Stories

Watch neighbors from your Central Florida community describe the variety of ways the Y has positively impacted their lives.

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The Courage of a Community

Creating the Central Florida YMCA — Authored by Pamela Bayles

Read about the history of the YMCA of Central Florida starting in the 1800s through the early 2000s!

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Our History

As time passes, the challenges we face will continue to change. However, our programs and services will continue to evolve, and our unwavering willingness and ability to support our communities will always be at the core of the Y.

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Our Partners

We’re committed to working with our partners and donors to give people the resources to reach their potential. Together, we’re providing individuals with the access and support to lead healthy lives, and connecting neighbors so they can come together for the common good.

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Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team collaborates with the Y team and a diverse group of dedicated volunteers, donors, board members, partners, and committees. This collaboration helps our entire YMCA of Central Florida Association create a positive and lasting impact.

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Y Reports

Our strategic vision plan, annual reports, and financial documents highlight our mission in action as we help transform Central Florida for the better and improve our community in spirit, mind, and body.

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Our Commitment to Child Safety

The YMCA of Central Florida’s commitment to providing a safe environment for every individual who engages with us—especially children—is essential to our mission, reputation, and our viability as an organization.

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