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.

The Gateway Region YMCA was a Nonprofit Winner of the St. Louis Business Journal's 2022 Class of Champions for Diversity & Inclusion Awards!

Our diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be a priority in the workplace and in the communities we serve.



champions for diversity and inclusion awards


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 Commitment
Our policies, practices, and programs must advance our organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion. We must sustain our support for newcomers and immigrants.
Open For All
We must ensure all people - across all dimensions of diversity - feel welcome and valued as part of the Y family.
Changing Communities
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.
Open Door
Strengthen Community
It's critical to both our mission and our business that Ys develop and integrate strategies to effectively engage, advocate for and serve all.


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. ERG’s are open to all active staff of the Gateway Region YMCA  - whether they are a learner, supporter, or an ally. The Gateway Region YMCA currently has 4 ERGs.

YMCA World Service

The Gateway Region YMCA is part of the International YMCA Network - a powerful alliance dedicated to strengthening our global communities. Because of this global reach, we are able to respond to trends in migration, health, economic livelihood and education that are reshaping our communities.

International partnerships are developed based on the mutual interests of both local and international Ys. The Gateway Region YMCA currently partners with:

  • Belize
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • South Africa
  • Ukraine


The Gateway Region YMCA is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in every community we serve. As with everything we do, we are guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. These values compel us to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual person, and to be an anti-racist, multicultural, and inclusive organization. We understand that many factors make up and influence a person’s individuality. It’s our responsibility to listen, learn and act to dismantle racism and advance equity at the individual, organizational, and societal level. We will hold ourselves accountable in working towards a time when everyone in our community has equitable access to opportunities to thrive.