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OUR COMMUNITY IMPACT

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is so much more than a gym.

We are a nonprofit dedicated to helping people realize their full potential by building a healthy spirit, mind and body. From childcare to swim lessons; from youth sports to community wellness; we strengthen community. 

We focus our work in three areas

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 

The YMCA offers Early Childhood Education at six locations across the metro. Many locations offer preschool, after-school care, summer day camp and other programming aimed at nurturing the potential of every child and teen. Our youth sports programs help to build strong, confident kids while creating a safe environment for play.

HEALTHY LIVING 

We aim to improve the nation's health and well-being through the use of our wellness centers, personal trainers, group fitness classes, pools and gymnasiums. 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 

Giving back and providing support for our neighbors is an integral part of the YMCA. Each year thousands of scholarships are given to families in need across the metro to pay for Y memberships, early childhood care, out of school care, youth sports, swim lessons, and more.

Youth Sports

2019 Impact:

14,980 community youth played basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and baseball/softball.

3,000+ volunteer coaches taught age-appropriate skills, rules of sport and teamwork.

Youth shooting a basketball

Aquatics

2019 Impact:

5,464 students participated in swimming lessons.

Butler-Gast YMCA saw an 82% increase in the number of swim lessons provided in 2019 through partnerships with the Highlander, Abide, Northstar, and The Hope Center.

A new partnership with Omaha Public Schools and Council Bluffs Public Schools to provide water safety education to all second graders will launch in 2020 with planned participation of 100%.

 

One on one swim lesson

Summer Camp/Out of School

2019 Impact:

1,423 individual youth stayed active academically and physically through Summer Day Camp.

945 youth in after school programs focused to close the achievement gap; 76% attended our programs 30 times or more throughout the school year.

Kids playing capture the flag at camp

Early Childhood Education

2019 Impact:

295 children attended full day Early Childhood Education programs.

100% of students participated in two or more hours of STEM or literacy activities.

100% of students participated in two or more hours of music & movement activities.

Small children playing in daycare

Power Scholars Academy

2019 Impact:

The Y operated Power Scholars Academy, a five-week, fives-hours-per-day intensive summer enrichment program at McMillan Magnet Middle School during the summer.

126 total students participated.

89% of students reported an increase in their self-confidence.

94% of students reported a positive growth mindset.

77% of students showed a month or more of growth in reading & math, compared to a typical two month loss during the summer.

Middle school aged students smiling

Connecting with Seniors

2019 Impact:

The YMCA Healthy Living Center serves over 1,200 senior members.

104 members participated in the Senior Fitness Testing program, which evaluates functional fitness in areas of aerobics, strength, and flexibility.

The congregate meal site at the Healthy Living Center serves daily healthy meals for seniors Monday-Friday.

Active Older Adults having fun

Member Testimonial

"This place has saved me---both mentally and physically. I was not in a good place when Covid-19 and the quarantine made it even worse. I would binge eat, get very lonely and just watch TV all day. I am on a limited income and I am very budgeted. I decided to start coming to the Healthy Living Center and applied for scholarship. I started coming 2 days a week and that quickly turned into coming almost every day. I love the people… I’ve made friends… the staff is so supportive…a feel stronger and healthier and it feels like home here. Thank you for all you are doing. You are truly saving people. I will repay you in the future.”

YMCA Member