Culture & Values

We Achieve Our Purpose One Person at a Time

The greatest source of energy for the YMCA is our people. Our teams contribute to the advancement of the YMCA's national vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities. Guided daily by the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, and the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s specific values of Agility, Purposeful, Learning and (what we like to call) “Yes,” our staff continuously creates an environment where everyone aspires to be their best.
A child getting a swim lesson

Our YMCA of Metro Chicago Values

Two teens with a dog

Our National Values