Our Purpose Defines Us The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. Our Strength is in Community The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change. - The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities. - The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs. - The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. - The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.