"To put Christian principles into practice to improve the quality of life in our communities with programs and services that strengthen the spirit, mind and body for all."
Our programs nurture the greatness in every child, promote well-being throughout the community, and give back to our neighbors in need. All of this work is rooted in our four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We interpret our Christian principles through our core values. We are an open and affirming association respectful of all people. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for people to feel comfortable.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. Strong children need a strong community committed to their success. We rise to the demand for more quality early childhood education, for social and emotional development opportunities, and engagement outside of the classroom – regardless of ability to pay.
HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation's health and well-being. A thriving community needs recreational offerings that bring people together and promote well-being. Valparaiso has a growing aging population looking to stay active and also strives to instill healthy lifestyle habits for our youth. We provide community and support for members seeking to live a healthier lifestyle or dealing with health concerns.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors. A highly engaged community embraces family values, civic engagement, and fosters a caring, supportive environment. We serve as a community center and partner offering events, trainings and workshops, and multiple services to help families in need back on their feet.
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, grown and thrive.
We are a unique charitable organization, created to meet the needs of our community in Valparaiso. But we are more than an organization, we’re a welcoming and inclusive community. A place to connect with others, learn something new, and find motivation for your health. We’re a nurturing environment where kids learn and grow. We are a neighborhood resource caring for those that need us most by providing tools for a healthy and rewarding life.
Our mission is to put the Christian principles of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into practice through inclusive programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body.
Our vision is to transform lives through Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, and Youth Development.
Y For All
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Our Commitment to Inclusion: The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do.
For all is a simple but powerful phrase. Without it, the Y mission is incomplete. Our commitment to inclusion creates better communities, a better country and a better world.
We know that the key to effectively empowering young people to reach their full potential, improving individual and community well-being, and inspiring action in our communities is a passionate, experienced and diverse array of staff, volunteers and members who value what everyone brings to the table. Working in 10,000 U.S. communities and more than 120 countries worldwide makes strong diversity and inclusion practices paramount for the Y.
- Recognizing that a diverse and inclusive organization is foundational to developing and engaging everyone across the entire Y spectrum. Our volunteers, members, program participants, families, leaders, staff, vendors, suppliers, donors, collaborators and the community at large all contribute to our efforts to make positive, lasting personal and social change.
- Believing we all benefit from the unique talents of our diverse staff. We encourage our 20,000+ Y staff to participate in our six national Employee Resource Groups, which offer opportunities to contribute, learn, network and share experiences as they progress in their careers.
- Having a supplier diversity program that seeks out talented minority and women-owned contractors and service providers.
- Offering Y staff and volunteers professional development and training programs that build key competencies to welcome, engage, serve and advocate for all segments of society.
We are passionate about strengthening communities and know that our ability to achieve it begins with reflecting and partnering with people from all walks of life.