About YMCA of the Palm Beaches


Our History
The Edwin W. Brown Family YMCA is a non-profit organization, which has been serving the Palm Beach community since 1917. Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, the Brown Family YMCA encompasses 17 acres, and includes an indoor aquatic center, fitness center, group exercise and multi-purpose room, preschool and after-school care, and a skate park.  On a walk through our location you may find parents smiling because of their infant’s new aquatic survival skills, or seniors chatting in the hall after their Silver Sneakers class. You can cheer your child in a soccer practice or be involved in many of our community enrichment activities.


For decades, the YMCA Mission has been central and foundational to our work. It continues as our driving force every day.

Throughout all the YMCA’s programs, the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are displayed and expected.


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


Our Promise (Our Cause)

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. #BeCauseY


Our Position (Who We Are)

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.


Areas of Focus

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Improving the nation’s health and well-being.
In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for more than 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, 600,000 volunteers and thousands of donors, leaders and partners across the country are empowering millions of people in the U.S. and around the world to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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