YMCA Mission and Values



The RACINE FAMILY YMCA is a leading non-profit human service organization, serving all of Racine County. Since 1875, the RACINE FAMILY YMCA has provided safe and caring environments, positive role models, creative activities and opportunities to serve the needs of others. These are the essential building blocks for strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

YMCA Values

The RACINE FAMILY YMCA is committed to developing strong character in individuals through activities that promote its four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

  • Caring
    To love others, to be sensitive to the well-being of others, to help others.
  • Honesty
    To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity; making sure your choices match your values.
  • Respect
    To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself.
  • Responsibility
    To do what is right, what you ought to do; to be accountable for your behavior and obligations.

YMCA Mission Statement

The mission of the RACINE FAMILY YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Areas of Focus

Ys offer the programs we do for a reason. Young people need safe and enriching environments to try new things, develop skills, meet new people and show what they're capable of. Achieving and maintaining health in spirit, mind and body makes for a richer life and giving back to neighbors and those in need is our responsibility as neighbors, colleagues and citizens. The Y defines our areas of focus--the programming you're part of every day--like this:

Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Healthy Living

Improving the nation's health and well-being In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors. The generosity of others is at the core of the Y's existence as a nonprofit. It is through the support of our volunteers and our public and private donors that we are able to support and give back to the communities we engage.

Statement of Purpose

The RACINE FAMILY YMCA is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance lives by providing quality programs and facilities that will develop and maintain Christian values and ideals. No person shall ever be denied the services of the YMCA due to financial reasons. Scholarships are available. Aid is made possible thanks to YMCA contributors.

Everyone is Welcome

The YMCA is a membership organization open to all people. We welcome women and men, girls and boys of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities and financial circumstances. YMCA programs embrace diversity, reflecting the needs and composition of the communities they serve.