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Community Impact

At the Y, we follow our mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all by reaching out to individuals across the city with a variety of community engagement and outreach programs.

Imagine Stronger Communities

Thanks to you, the YMCA's Strong Community Campaign served more than 84,000 local kids and adults through free and assisted programs and membership in 2016.

(Jan-May) This free training program for youth ages 15-17 teaches basic skills such as interviewing, dressing appropriately, and financial responsibility to prepare graduates for summer employment with the Y and other area businesses.
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  • Middle School After School (Sep-May). Provides a safe, supervised and fun environment for 6th-8th graders in 16 local middle schools FREE of charge. Youth not only stay off the streets after school but also participate in recreational activities and special interest clubs, and receive homework assistance and snacks.
  • SPLASH (Sep-May). Provides an opportunity for 2nd graders from low-income elementary schools to learn basic life-saving swim skills through a free six-week program at the Y. Many of the participants have never experienced swimming. A fall swimsuit drive is conducted to ensure everyone can participate at no cost.
  • Coat Drive (Oct-Nov). For nearly a decade, the Y has collected and distributed thousands of coats, hats, gloves and scarves to local needy families. This annual event continues to keep area kids and adults warm each year.
  • We Care Thanksgiving Dinner (day before Thanksgiving). Each year, the Y provides more than 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to kids and adults who would not otherwise receive a traditional holiday dinner. Started more than 30 years ago, this annual event is one of the community’s largest Thanksgiving dinners. Sponsored by CornerBank, AGH, Lubrication Engineers, Inc., and Syl’s Catering.
  • Participants with nearly 60 area nonprofits receive free access to local Ys through our Cooperative Agency program. Many of these agencies serve vulnerable populations such as at-risk youth, and kids and adults with special needs or mental health conditions.

    The Y advocates for healthy living by bringing together members of the community to address local health needs. To this end, the Y helped launch the Health & Wellness Coalition (HWC) of Wichita several years ago with support from the Kansas Health Foundation and other community leaders. This coalition, now made up of more than 80 area businesses and agencies, is promoting physical activity and healthy eating through programs, people and policies.

    Under YMCA leadership, the HWC evaluates community resources, hosts an annual Working Well Conference, organizes a citywide bike month, assists schools and individuals in establishing healthy habits and impacts policy decisions, encouraging community infrastructure that supports healthy lifestyles.

    The Y also participates in and partners with a variety of local community organizations:

    • Schools & Education
    • Government Agencies
    • Nonprofit & Community Service Organizations
    • Churches
    • Coalitions