At the Y, we
know communities can be safe, vital and cohesive, because we have seen it happen -- indeed, we have helped make
it happen, by respecting all people and creating welcoming environments.
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 policies, practices and programs must advance our organizational commitment
to diversity and inclusion. We must sustain our support for newcomers and immigrants, in partnership with our
colleagues at Ys in 120 countries. We must ensure all people -- across all dimensions of diversity -- feel welcome
and valued as part of the Y family.
Communities across the U.S. are rapidly
changing. 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.
We also believe that in a diverse world, we are
stronger when we are inclusive and our
doors are open to all. It is therefore critical
to both our mission and our business that
Ys develop and integrate strategies to
effectively engage, advocate for and serve
all. This commitment to access, inclusion
and engagement helps to ensure the Y’s
continued relevancy, viability and impact as
a cause-driven organization focused on