Nurturing the full potential of all youth through value-based programs

All youth go through a unique process of development which include a cognitive, physical, and social-emotional experiences from birth to adulthood. The YMCA knows that for a successful development, the innate need to be competent, healthy, spiritually grounded, educated, and most importantly, loved, must be fulfilled. The Y is here to help nurture the potential of children and teens through child care and educational programs; summer day camps and overnight camps; sports, activities, and swim programs; teen leadership programs, events, clubs and volunteering. Our value-based programs offer opportunities that build skills and self-confidence, positive peer relationships, and unimagined successes.


A program for students who need or prefer alternative education outside traditional school in a structured environment, has impacted the lives many.

Students come from all four high schools in Chandler. They’ve been moved around, they’ve struggled and now they are a seemingly random group in a new place. Many are self motivated, but just need a new environment. It happens to be the perfect recipe for success.

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Miracle League for disabled children offer the chance for positive change.

The Maryville Family YMCA’s Miracle League provides the opportunity to experience the joy of playing baseball to disabled children ages 4 and older. The Miracle League is another opportunity for the Y to affect change in a positive way in the community.

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The Y’s Juvenile Intervention programs steer youth towards positive decisions, health lifestyle choices.

Two Valley of the Sun YMCA branches offer alternative solution programming for at-risk teens in an attempt to intervene, in a positive way, early in their development.

Be a hero — YMCA seeking trained mentor volunteers for rewarding Reach & Rise Mentoring Program.

There are many great kids in your community who are also at risk due to low self-esteem, social isolation, and family problems. These youth and teens, ages 6 to 18, need a friend, a role model, a hero – they need you.

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High school students serve in model governments, gain principals of a democratic society.

With the premise that leaders are developed by doing, the YMCA’s Youth and Government program’s mission is to “help create the next generation of thoughtful, committed and active citizens”.

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Dynamic educational, vocational training resources for teens, young adults create strong community workforce.

The Workforce Development Program uses case management to help youth fill basic needs (transportation, childcare, food, housing, counseling/medical referrals), set academic/career goals & navigate a path to achieve them.

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At the Y we take education and leadership development seriously.

We believe that all youth have great potential, and at the Y, we work everyday to help them set and achieve personal, and educational goals. Leadership and academic enrichment programs, along with our dedicated efforts to close the academic achievement gap for low-income youth, ensure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future.

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