Who We Are


We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our Areas of Focus
The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
Improving the nation’s health and well-being.
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.

Our Strength is in Community

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive change.

The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.

The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.

The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to affect lasting, meaningful change.

Taking the YMCA from a Place to a Purpose

Mission Statement

Our Y welcomes all. We strengthen communities, educate and nurture children, and promote healthy living in spirit, mind and body.

Vision Statement

Where all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.

Our Values


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The communities we serve

The YMCA of the North Shore serves 25 communities including Amesbury, Atkinson (NH), Beverly, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Newton (NH), Plaistow (NH), Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, South Hampton (NH), Swampscott, Wenham & West Newbury.