History & Mission

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Service to the First Coast

First Jacksonville YMCA

In 1844, George Williams organized the first Young Men’s Christina Association in London. The Y offered Bible study and prayer to keep young men off the streets. Here on the First Coast, records show the YMCA was started in 1908. At that time, the YMCA was located in downtown Jacksonville on the corner of Laura and Duval Streets. We now have 13 membership facilities, one resident camp, one charter elementary school, 40 school-based child care sites, two facilities for people with developmental disabilities and three youth development campuses.

Though we’ve grown and evolved, one thing has remained constant: our mission. It is our reason for being and a driving force behind our cause to strengthen community.

Read more about Our Impact in Northeast Florida.

Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.