The YMCA, It's not just kid Stuff


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We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind, and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it's not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside.

We know that when we work as one, we move people and communities forward. That's why we are committed to providing support to our neighbors and opportunities for kids, adults, and families to give, join in, or advocate in the name of stronger communities.


YMCA Annual Campaign Partners

Link to Gundersen Lutheran
La Crosse Community Foundation
Dahl Automotive
Festival Foods

YMCA Mission:

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Core Values:


to demonstrate a sincere concern for
others, for their needs and well-being.
Related values: compassion, forgiveness,
generosity, and kindness.


to treat others as I would want them to
treat me, to value the worth of every
person, including myself. Related values:
acceptance, empathy, self-respect and


to tell the truth, to demonstrate
reliability and trustworthiness through
actions that are in keeping with my
stated positions and beliefs. Related
values: integrity and fairness.


to do what is right--what I ought to do,
to be accountable for my choices of
behavior and actions and my promises.
Related values: commitment, courage,
good health, service and citizenship.