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Diversity and Inclusion

The Y is made up of diverse people working side by side to strengthen our communities. Together, we work to ensure everyone, of any income, faith, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, cultural background or other unique personal characteristics, has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility— which are the foundation for everything we do.

Stay tuned on this page as we update all the important work that the Y is doing in Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Initiatives. 


The YMCA of Greater Hartford...

served over 118,000 children and families in more than 20 different communities across Connecticut

raised over $1,375,000 in Annual Campaign donations in 2015 to support children, families and adults participating in YMCA programs.

provided scholarships to 1500 families to attend camp who otherwise couldn’t afford it to send their kids to summer enrichment programs in 2016.

impacts 2,600 children in our childcare program, the largest provider of quality care in CT.


The YMCA of Greater Hartford recognizes that being an equal opportunity employer makes us stronger. YMCA staff and volunteers are committed to celebrating diversity, practicing inclusion, and embracing a global mindset, and we are dedicated to the equity of our team.

We hire staff of all backgrounds and abilities, and we provide employees with training and professional development opportunities.

Employee Resource Groups
The Y supports and encourages employees to form and run employee resource groups, like BYLD (Building YMCA Leadership Development) and the Women’s Leadership Forum. Wherever there is a need to bring together like-minded people to develop their capacity, employees can organize these resource groups with the help of the YMCA’s leadership staff.

Staff Development Opportunities
Y staff have access to Y-USA Training and Certifications through an online exchange of resources and the Learning and Career Development Center.

Staff and volunteers understand that being a part of the Y means being a part of a community that values giving back.

YMCA branches, employee resource groups, and the entire association are dedicated to building the cultural competencies of its staff, volunteers, and members.

Staff have the opportunity to network within the Y through AYP (Association for YMCA Professionals), through a multitude of conferences like EMLE (Emerging Multicultural Leaders Experience) and workshops, and even by receiving a free membership to HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs).

BYLD is hosting a mentoring program for staff, similar to a Bridging the Gap program that we’ve run in the past, so that our part-time staff have the chance to learn from our seasoned leaders.


YMCA programs are open to all, and our staff are trained to give children and families the best experience possible, whether in swim, camp, wellness, childcare or one of our many other programs. No matter where your family comes from or what your abilities are, the Y is for you.

Diabetes Prevention
The YMCA of Greater Hartford is bringing a very successful Diabetes Prevention Program to our association. Diabetes is an invisible disease, meaning you can’t tell someone has it by looking at them. These illnesses can often go overlooked. The Y is here to help!

Water Safety
A grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is helping our Downtown and East Hartford YMCA’s teach 3rd graders how to swim at no cost to their families—an important water safety program. The YMCA helps teach hundreds of children to swim every year, which makes a large impact considering that drowning is a leading cause of death among young children from low-income communities.

Teen Leadership
The Y-TIP program, one of our many Teen Programs, provides a support system that helps under-served teens succeed in school and overcome cultural barriers and challenges, including involvement in gangs, violence, drugs, and other harmful and self-destructive influences.

Here are just a few more YMCA programs that reach out to people of different ages, heritage, faiths, abilities, etc. More information on each of these programs will be added to this page shortly. Stay tuned!

Reach and Rise Mentoring Program

CT Alliance of YMCA’s

YMCA Achievers

Adaptive Sports



Silver Sneakers

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To learn more about the global impact of the Y, visit http://www.ymca.net/diversity-inclusion/
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