Our Mission



It is the mission of the YMCA of York and York County to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The organization exists to develop and practice the principles of faith, hope, love, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


The YMCA of York County will be a leader in providing need-based programming, building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Y will be a catalyst for community collaborations with kindred organizations and demonstrate stewardship, creativity, efficiency, and friendliness. Steeped in its history, the Y will provide the means for people to “Be Moved” to engage youth, strengthen families, build healthy lifestyles and engage in community development.


Community leaders started York’s local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in 1855 to bring moral principles and education to the area’s young men. In 1960, the YMCA began serving all family members, including young children and women, which led the organization to expand and improve its facilities.

Today, the YMCA of York and York County is a pillar of the local community, bringing together people from all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. It focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, all while making membership and access to the YMCA a possibility for everyone.


We at the YMCA of York and York County are no longer requiring individuals who are fully vaccinated to wear masks or face coverings while in our facilities or engaging in YMCA activities, such as working out in the wellness center, participating in group exercise, or socializing with others. This change is a result of updated recommendations and orders from the CDC and PA Department of Health.

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