Serving over 200,000 individuals in the region last year, the Y has offered almost $3 million in subsidies to over 10,000 individuals so that they can take advantage of our many programs and services.
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, founded in 1852, is one of the largest social service agencies in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. Our mission is to foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all.
Providing services related to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is accomplished through our 15 branches and program centers located across three jurisdictions in the metropolitan region. Our facilities include three branches (YMCA Alexandria, YMCA Arlington, YMCA Fairfax County-Reston) and three program centers (YMCA Loudoun County, YMCA Arlington Tennis & Squash Center, YMCA Woodmont Center) in Virginia, two branches (YMCA Bethesda, YMCA Silver Spring), two program centers (YMCA Ayrlawn, YMCA Prince George's County), a social service agency (YMCA Youth & Family Services) and a camp (Camp Letts) in Maryland, and one branch (YMCA Anthony Bowen) and two program centers (YMCA Calomiris, YMCA Capital View) in the District of Columbia.
Our outreach to the public across the region includes diverse child care (pre-school, before- and after-school, and summer camp) and groundbreaking wellness programs, including the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and the YMCA DC Fit & Well Seniors Program.
The Y has a reputation for developing innovative programming to serve children and youth, with a special concern for those at risk. The PHD program (Physical, Healthy and Driven) is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention initiative that has paved the way for our youth wellness programming, enabling us to become a leading regional voice on childhood obesity. It is designed for children ages 6-14 and combines assessment tools, fun games, exercises, nutrition education and family involvement to teach local children how to be healthy and to inspire a love for it! Last year, 120,009 children participated in the popular PHD program, changing their lives for the better.
The Y is extremely proud of our Thingamajig Invention Convention held annually in July, drawing over 3,000 youth from across the area to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Over a decade ago, we established the YMCA D.C. Youth & Government program, which trains approximately 300 at-risk teens annually to become the next generation of ethical leaders and responsible citizens. These youth-centered programs confirm our commitment to serving the most vulnerable among us--our children.