At the YMCA, we’re for healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Illinois YMCAs are in 150 diverse communities around the state, and serve almost 1.2 million Illinoisans, both children and adults. The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs advocates on behalf of these Ys.

The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs connects, supports and fosters state-wide initiatives, leads public policy education efforts and ensures communication to advance the YMCA’s mission in Illinois.

Did you know we are the single largest provider of early childhood and school age programs in the state, and the nation? Illinois Ys provide chronic disease prevention and education programs, such as the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and LIVESTRONG® The Illinois Alliance of YMCAs, and many individual Ys, also are part of Pioneering Healthier Communities efforts to help children and families choose a healthier path by improving physical activity and nutrition in communities and schools.