A YMCA FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Everyone belongs at the Y, regardless of ability to pay. We are committed to ensuring every community member, has access to our Ys. Our Financial Assistance program enables all individuals and families to become active members and participants at a rate that fits their budgets. This program is possible thanks to the many generous donors who support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign —100% of donations made to the Y help support kids, adults and families in our communities.
Youth Outreach Initiative
At the Y, we know that furthering our impact means partnering with other organizations that align with our mission to help as many individuals, children and families as possible. Our Youth Outreach Initiative provides complimentary memberships to our communities' most vulnerable children. Participants are identified in collaboration with Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative agencies and DCF. We are supporting children in foster homes and their families by providing programs and membership. For more information, please contact the Membership Director at your local YMCA.
Youth Outreach Memberships - A Story of Impact
Partners in Youth Outreach
Celebrating his 15th birthday climbing Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire was something Brian could relate to, his life has been a series of uphill battles since birth. Born with lead poisoning, he has faced many personal challenges in his young life and continued to face each new challenge with the support of his grandmother. Thanks to Children’s Friend and Family Services Mentor program and the YMCA’s complimentary membership for Mentors and Mentees, Brian now has even more support! Brian’s youth volunteer mentor, Steve, has been working with our staff at the Beverly YMCA to increase Brian’s strength, activity levels, and healthy food choices. Brian and Steve enjoy all the resources the Y offers as well as outdooractivities that are helping Brian grow into a stronger, more confident young man. When they were first matched in the fall of 2014, Steve, a fitness and health enthusiast, encouraged Brian to dream big about a goal and asked him if he had ever gone hiking. They agreed that one day they would hike Mount Chocorua together. After spending the winter and spring getting in climbing shape at the Y, they reached their goal, celebrating Brian’s 15th birthday with an amazing view from the summit of Mount Chocorua! They have been working out, hanging out, and climbing high ever since!
At the Y, we know that furthering our impact means partnering with other organizations that align with our mission to help as many individuals, children and families as possible. Our collaboration with Children’s Friend and Family Services enables us to provide Y services and resources to more children in our service area. Children’s Friend and Family Services seeksvolunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Together, we can do so much more.
Helping Children and Families - Our Impact in Numbers
80 - The number of youth with caring, trained mentors enjoying our YMCA. Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lahey Behavioral Health, Children's Friend and Family Services
YOUTH OUTEACH MEMBERSHIPS
124 - number of children who have been abused or neglected that are finding a safe, fun experience at our YMCA with complimentary memberships. Partner: Department of Children and Families
SAFE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
10 - number of families with contentious custodial situations that can safely transfer their children between parents in the comfort of the YMCA. Without the Y, many of these children would need to move between parents at the police station. Partner: Essex Probate and Family Court
Local YMCA Contacts
Please reach out to your local Membership Specialist to get started!
Cape Ann YMCA - Helene Feeley 978-283-0470
Greater Beverly YMCA - Jennifer Weller 978-927-6855
Haverhill YMCA - Michelle Haskell 978-374-0506
Ipswich Family YMCA - Meredith Quinn 978 -356-9622
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA - Alison Sellers 781 - 631-9622
Plaistow Community YMCA - Susan Mosher 603-382-0641
Salem YMCA - Mary Sholds 978-744-0351