Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by enriching the lives of all people in spirit, mind and body.  

Our strategic vision is that the healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area, building the skills and habits for a healthy life, being empowered to reach their highest potential.

For more than 160 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has addressed the most pressing social issues of the day—whether helping immigrants adjust to life in America, providing safe spaces for kids from all backgrounds to learn and grow, or supporting soldiers returning from war find jobs back home.

We are committed to building equity through our diversity, inclusion and global engagement efforts. We work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Our 14 YMCAs in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties strive to understand the complex nature of emerging needs and develop unique programming built upon community strength. We understand that each of our communities has unique challenges which are always addressed in a pro-active and compassionate way.

We address health disparities through affordable, grant-subsidized summer care that prepares kids to achieve in school.

Today, we know our community faces unprecedented challenges: disparities in academic achievement, high rates of chronic disease and obesity, and increasing challenges for our youth in the area of mental health. These challenges and many more are abundant in every community the Y serves.

We must ask the question, whether our children have the conditions to reach their highest potential? Then we must answer that question by saying that we will partner and collaborate to create concrete and lasting solutions to these underlying societal problems. Only by doing so can we ensure a positive future for our society through the strength of the children that we develop today.

The good news is the Y of San Francisco Vision and aligning Strategic Plan will deliver long-term sustainable solutions to solve the emerging needs of our population.

Bringing the Vision to Life

Early Intervention with Significant Social Disparities

The Y will work to ensure a healthy start for all Bay Area children and families by creating more equitable access to opportunities and supports empowering them to reach their full potential.

Innovative and Holistic Programs

The Y will develop programs that emphasize complete health, nurturing the physical social, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of Bay Area kids.

A Culture of Innovation

The Y will create a culture of innovation, equipping our staff, volunteers, and stakeholders with the capacity to meet the emerging needs not just of today, but of tomorrow.

Partnerships for Achieving High Level Wellness

The Y will make a concerted effort to strengthen both internal and external collaboration to maximize opportunities for youth, adults, and families to reach optimum health.

Our Strategic Plan establishes shared intentions and outcomes for our staff, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders. It also provides a common framework for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

We are excited about the future the YMCA of San Francisco and our role as a collaborator, innovator and leader in providing opportunities for youth to reach their full potential and become healthy, productive adults.