For Youth Development®
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility

Community Impact

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause and as a result the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Our Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA serves the entire community and is open to everyone. Donors enable the YMCA, a charitable, non-profit organization in compliance with IRS code 501(c)3.

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Helping the Youth in Our Community Is Our Passion

Responding to the needs of our community is central to our Mission. This video shows the depth of our community impact in 2014. We will continue to support the needs of our growing and diverse Tri-State community through quality programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Moving Children Forward in Education

The Y is closing the academic achievement gap with pilot programs that improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow emotionally and physically, too.  We served two sites with our Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program in 2014 and plan to expand the program to three sites in 2015.

Moving Youth Forward in Civic Duty

The Y is developing the leaders of tomorrow by instilling a sense of civic duty among the youth of today.  Our Youth & Government program allows kids to see the inner workings of our legislative process and participate in their own mock trials and bill drafting.  More than 50 students represented Evansville at the Indiana Statehouse, participating with other student delegates across the state.

Moving Youth Forward in Volunteerism

Each and every Y program incorporates the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith into the youth of our community.  These character traits stick with kids, helping them be happy, healthy, and productive citizens giving back to the next generation.  Ebonique Ellis is an excellent example of the long-term impact that YMCA programs have on youth.  Not only has she participated in numerous Outreach programs, but she now works for the Caldwell Center giving back to youth in her own neighborhood.  We think Ebonique is the perfect example of the long-term investment that the YMCA makes everyday, but other organizations in our community are recognizing that as well.  For her volunteer efforts and commitment to community, Ebonique was featured in a United Way video about giving back.  Hear Ebonique’s story.

Moving Youth Forward in Healthy Living

Most people know the YMCA for our Healthy Living focus, but we also focus on Youth Development and Social Responsibility.  One program in particular that combines all three focuses together is the INdependence Camp at YMCA Camp Carson for kids with Type 1 Diabetes.  As anyone who has attended a week of camp will tell you, it changes you.  It builds a strong spirit, mind, AND body, which every child needs to fulfill their potential.  See how camp changed Braeden.


2015 Statistics:

The Y served more than 52,700 people of all faiths, backgrounds and incomes.

Helped build character in 8,900 youth last year through programming at more than 45 locations.

More than $595,000 in critical financial assistance provided the opportunity over 6,600 people to participate in membership and programs.

Through YMCA membership and health-related special events we helped more than 29,000 people achieve their wellness goals.

Through YMCA’s Camp Carson, more than 1,175 kids got to roam the woods, ride a horse and sing songs by the camp fire… activities that many of them had never experienced before.

Through YMCA’s Community Outreach, more than 2,000 youth benefited from 28 programs with 100% of participants receiving scholarships to make their involvement free.

Our Partnerships:

The Y partners with over 50 agencies, schools, and businesses including:

19 Evansville-Vanderburgh County schools
5 Warrick County schools
Marrs Elementary in Posey County
Vanderburgh Community Foundation
Westbrook Evolution
Boy and Girl Scouts
Dream Center
University of Southern Indiana
University of Evansville

Sports Corp
Tri-State Food Bank
Evansville Housing Authority
Youth First
Indiana Youth Institute
Ivy Tech Communuty College
Welborn Foundation
Vectren Foundation
Old National Bank Foundation
Springleaf Financial Foundation
SINC Southwestern Indiana Non-profit Consortium
Evansville Mayor’s office
Evansville Public Library
Patchwork Central
United States Tennis Association
Big Lots Foundation
Evansville Trails Coalition » View Trails Map