Our Purpose Defines US…

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other.  Working together, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and wellbeing, and inspiring action in and across our community. 

The Duluth Area Family YMCA has been strengthening our community for over 150 years through programs dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


For Youth Development

We nurture the potential of all youth and teens. We create programming that responds to emerging opportunities to better serve youth in our community. We offer support, empowerment, boundaries, expectations, and constructive use of time.  We foster a commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and self-confidence to inspire future success for all of our neighborhood youth.

For Healthy Living

The Y is the largest provider of health and well-being programs in Northeastern Minnesota. We facilitate programs that improve community health such as Diabetes Prevention.  To help families commit to their overall health and wellness, we offer free to members Kids Club -a two-hour childcare option so parents can focus on their health and wellness while knowing their child is well cared for.

For Social Responsibility

The Y helps families build bonds, connect with community resources, and become strong.  We give back to our community and support our neighbors.  Our members and staff volunteer outside of our organization, we collaborate with other nonprofits and youth-serving agencies, and we lead programs that build a sense of civic responsibility within our young people.

For All

Everyone is welcome at the Y.  All programs and membership are available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Our scholarship and financial assistance program grant our neighbors free or reduced memberships and define our commitment to our community.  Every year, the need for assistance grows, but thanks to our communities' investment in our Y's annual support campaign, we can ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to participate in the life-changing programs of the YMCA and the chance to learn, grow, and thrive.

Our Commitment To Diversity & Inclusion

The YMCA, throughout its history, has asserted the dignity of all people. The YMCA recognizes that individuals, families and communities are diverse. We value and respect this diversity and choose to be inclusive through our acceptance of all individuals. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, religion, disability, genetic information, cultural identity, or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, beliefs, and competencies as assets to the Duluth Area Family YMCA groups and individuals with whom they interact.

The Duluth Area Family YMCA is committed to:

Welcoming and involving people of all ages from diverse cultures and backgrounds in its programs and facilities.
Developing programs that meet the needs of members, participants, and the community.
Following hiring and work practices that are free of bias.
Hiring and retaining a diverse group of team members and volunteers.
A safe environment, free of discrimination or harassment against any individual.
Our Commitment to Inclusion: The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone has the ability to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do.

The Duluth Area Family YMCA has an ongoing Diversity Initiative. The Diversity Initiative plan provides the framework that guides the efforts of the organization.