The Gateway Region YMCA creates opportunity for persons of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to achieve their potential. We aspire to be the center of collaboration within our communities by inspiring and promoting diversity, inclusion and global efforts for all.

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We Believe

We believe the Y must continue to lead the way to a brighter future by following our belief that we are stronger when our doors are open to all. Our policies, practices and programs must advance our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. We must sustain our support for newcomers and immigrants, in partnership with our colleagues at Ys in 120 countries. We must ensure all people - across all dimensions of diversity - feel welcome and valued as part of the Y family.

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Our Changing Communities

Communities across the U.S. are rapidly changing. As neighborhoods become more diverse, it is important that we, with great intentionality, understand who is in our communities and how best to serve their interests and needs.

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Open For All

We also believe that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all. It is therefore critical to both our mission and our business that Ys develop and integrate strategies to effectively engage, advocate for and serve all. This commitment to access, inclusion and engagement helps to ensure the Y’s continued relevancy, viability and impact as a cause-driven organization focused on strengthening community.

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Want to learn more about our Employee Resource Groups?

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are groups of employees that form with a common bond, a shared characteristic or life experience. They provide support, help with career or personal development, and work to address issues inside and outside of the workplace. Who can be involved? ANYONE! All ERG’s are open to everyone whether you are learner, supporter, or ally. The Gateway Region YMCA currently has 3 ERGs: Women's ERG, Multicultural ERG and LGBTQ+ ERG.