Mission and Values
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Five core values guide the Athens YMCA:
To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity, to make sure your choices match up with your values. Honesty is represented by the color BLUE for true blue truthfulness.
To put others before yourself, to love others, to be sensitive to the well-being of others, to help others. Caring is represented by the color RED for love and the heart.
To treat others as you would have them treat you, to value the worth of every person including yourself, to be cordial even if you disagree with someone. Respect is represented by the color YELLOW for the Golden Rule.
To do what you should, to do what is right, to be accountable for your behavior and obligations. Responsibility is represented by the color GREEN for our fiscal and environmental responsibilities.
To develop your relationship with God, to be a seeker of truth, to trust God with your life, to be sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Faith is represented by PURPLE for the Kingdom of God.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit Christian based organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,600 YMCAs with approximately 20,000 fulltime staff and 500,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities across the country.
The Y engages 9 million youth and 12 million adults in 10,000 communities across the U.S.
Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 124 countries. Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in strengthening the leadership and youth programs of the Y around the world.
The Y is accessible to all people. Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families who cannot afford membership.
The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility.
Financial Assistance Program
Number of scholarships provided in 2016 – 400+
Value of scholarships – $150,000
Program participants – 4,500
Facility Members – 8,000
The Athens YMCA has partnered with:
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Athens First Baptist Church
Georgia Department of Rehabilitation Services – Vocational Rehab
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens
Luncheon Optimist Club of Athens
Athens-Clarke Relay For Life
UGA Recreation & Leisure Studies Program
W.O.W. Boot Camp
Heyward Allen Motor Company
Athens Regional Health Systems
Athens Senior Resources Network
The history of the Athens Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) began with George Williams, who in 1844 found himself dissatisfied with his life in the big city of London, England. During the Industrial Revolution, young men and boys were leaving their farming communities for cities like London – cities “full of prostitution and other immoral temptations.” Williams, a young drapery worker, met with eleven other men who shared his discontent and organized the YMCA.