Diversity & Inclusion

 

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 20 membership 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.

 

The YMCA of Metro Chicago prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability

The YMCA of Metro Chicago will not discriminate against any individual with a disability on the basis of disability with regard to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods and services of the YMCA of Metro Chicago. The YMCA of Metro Chicago will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to afford its goods and services to individuals with disabilities unless the YMCA of Metro Chicago can demonstrate that making the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of its services or result in an undue burden, i.e. significant difficulty or expense.

The YMCA of Metro Chicago will take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services, unless the YMCA of Metro Chicago can demonstrate that taking such steps would fundamentally alter the nature of the good, service, facility, privilege, advantage, or accommodation being offered or would result in an undue burden, i.e., significant difficulty or expense.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago invites persons with disabilities to enjoy Y programs and facilities. If you require a reasonable modification due to a disability to enjoy any of our programs, please inform center staff or email inclusion@ymcachicago.org