The world today is much different than it was when the YMCA first opened its doors to the community 160 years ago.
And yet, despite the growth of our city, and the advances we have made as a society, the complex social problems facing our communities are more challenging than
ever – particularly for
our young people.
Problems such as childhood obesity, youth unemployment, low-income prevalence, high-school drop out and illiteracy rates, and feelings of a weak sense of belonging are all in double digits. And the barriers facing many of our young people threaten to derail their development at the most crucial stages of their lives.
Our work has never been more important
Since the beginning, the YMCA has been committed to providing every young person with access to the programs and services that enable them to achieve physical, social, emotional and mental health and we continued this tradition in 2013.
Expanding our reach
In addition to the incredible reach that our programs had across the GTA, we also embarked on an ambitious campaign to build ten new YMCA Centres of Community over the next ten years. These new Centres will help build healthy communities and enable more individuals reach their full potential.
Our Strong Start, Great Future campaign received a significant boost thanks to the extreme generosity of Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo who committed a $2 million gift to support our new Cherry Street YMCA. The Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA will be the heart of a new community, and will enable us to serve more than 8,000 children, youth and families when complete.
Our dedicated people
Of course, we also owe our accomplishments, in no small part, to the volunteers, alumni and staff who dedicate themselves every day to creating an environment that embraces diversity and inclusion. It is their commitment to our principles that has helped us create a model organization that has also been recognized as one of the Top Employers in the Greater Toronto Area.
To the next 160 years
Our work is far from complete. As our population and communities continue to grow, the YMCA of Greater Toronto will be there to ensure that our young people – and everyone in our community – have the support and services they need to grow and thrive. With your help, we can achieve our goal.