Diversity & Inclusion
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities.
Strengthening Communities through Diversity & Inclusion
We believe that everyone, regardless of gender, income, faith, ability, sexual orientation or cultural background, has the right to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
We work in 25 member centers, five camps, and hundreds of extension sites in schools and in communities throughout the region. We know that the key to effectively nurturing the potential of children, improving Chicagoland’s health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors is a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers, members and partners who value all people, actively promote inclusion, and celebrate cultural differences.
By intentionally infusing diversity and inclusion strategies into everything that we do -- including staff hiring and training, environmental design, strategic planning, marketing materials, program offerings, and more -- we work to ensure that every segment of society feels welcome and is supported by the Y.
Learn about YMCA Black & Latino Achievers, one of the Y's signature youth development programs.