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About Us

"Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all." 



The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active while developing healthy habits they'll carry with them throughout their lives. These benefits are far greater than just physical health, for they impact all aspects of daily living.


Serving families has always been at the heart of the Y. The Y wants you to live healthy. Get started, intensify your workout, eat smart and find balance in your life. Let us help you today! Connect with friends, new and old, to get fit and engage in friendly competition.


We are a powerful ally and advocate for our communities. Our experiences and strong relationships in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation mean that we are able to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues including child welfare, education and public health.

The Y is you - the generosity of others is at the core of our existence. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to give back to the communities we serve.

 Did you know that the Kankakee Area YMCA...

  • Never turns anyone away for financial reasons. Everyone is welcome at the YMCA and over $194,900 of financial assistance and community subsidy was given out in the past year. 
  • Utilizes over 260 volunteers annually in the delivery of YMCA programs and services to our community. 
  • Serves over 23,200 youth and families each year. 
  • Serves over 360 kids every summer in day camp. 
  • Has over 1,000 children participating in youth sports. 
  • Has over 3,100 children participating in aquatic programs. 
  • Collaborates with over 15 agencies in our community to serve youth and families. 
  • Has been at work in our community since 1894. 
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.