THE VALLEY OF THE SUN YMCA IS ONE OF THE OLDEST NONPROFITS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA, BORN BEFORE ARIZONA BECAME A STATE. WE SERVE OVER 100,000 FAMILIES AND ARE LOCATED IN 17 COMMUNITIES. WE ARE A LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION.
The Y is for EVERYONE. The Valley of the Sun YMCA is not only one of the oldest nonprofits in the state of Arizona, we are also one of the largest. Born in 1892, before Arizona became a state, we serve over 100,000 families and are located in 17 communities across the state.
At the Y we value the little things, and believe healthy living is not just a fad, it’s a way of life. We are a community, and a family, embracing today’s social responsibilities together. For over a century we have been developing healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.
The YMCA is so much more than a gym and is for everyone.
Through our initiatives, programs, and services youth realize their potential; teens and young adults prepare for college; families spend time and have fun together; people are healthier in mind, body, and spirit; job seekers prepare for employment; newcomers are welcome and embraced; a nationwide service ethic is fostered; and so much more.
We invite you to explore all the Y has to offer.
Services They Provide:
Basic Needs Services
High School Diploma/GED
Job Training Services
Youth Workforce Development
Offers workforce services to young adults ages 16-24 who participate in the Y’s Workforce Development program. Participants have access to dynamic educational and vocational training resources, and create a stronger community workforce in the process.
While acquiring work-readiness skills, participants are encouraged to explore their own career interests, receive training in high-demand careers, and gain the confidence they need to become gainfully employed in our ever-changing job market.
Participants receive guidance and support from career advisors that help the young adults maneuver the barriers they may have to education and workforce services. Career advisors also help the participants set academic/career goals & navigate a path to achieve them.
A GED preparation program is available for youth who have dropped out of high school. To support youth’s success beyond GED acquisition or in and beyond high school, we offer a multitude of programs to bolster youth’s academic, career and life successes.
Bridge to College and Career Success
Participants construct a “college and career blueprint” which is their personalized, comprehensive roadmap to education and career success, and independent and financially stable adult living.
Specific components of this year-round, 5-day per week program include: daily basic academic skills instruction, weekly college readiness, work-readiness, and life-skills workshops.
Youth who are high school dropouts will work with a case manager to achieving their GEDs, while youth who are high school graduates work to bring basic academic skills to post-secondary standards. Youth in school also have opportunities to engage with career advisors on weekends and evenings discussing college and career plans, applying for scholarships, internships, and financial planning.
The program is free of charge to qualified youth.