Help us bring kids back to the Y. It's their turn.

At the YMCA, we believe every young person deserves the chance to grow into a healthy, happy adult. But too many are being held back by barriers that are impossible to overcome on their own.
The pandemic has left a lasting effect on children in our community, and it's taking a toll on their health, well-being and prospects for the future.
  • Social isolation is the most significant risk factor for mental health among children and youth which points to the importance of in-person recreation and social activities
  • 40% of children with no previous mental health issues have experienced deterioration of their mental health
  • Over the course of the pandemic, only 3% of Canadian children met basic physical activity guidelines
Children need the Y.
It is more critical than ever for children to access YMCA programs to play, socialize and exercise to suppor their physical and mental health, well-being. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 children will require financial assistance to participate.

The only way our programs and services can make a real difference is if they are truly accessible. We're committed to ensuring every child, no matter what challenges they may face, can acess the Y and get back to the things they love.

With your support, we can ensure that families who cannot afford the fees to participate, may take part in camps, health and fitness programs and child care.

How you can help...

  • $20 a month gives a child access to swim lessons for a year to learn to swim and build water safety skills
  • $50 a month provide 3 children with a week at YMCA Day Camp to access a safe and enriching environment throughout the summer
  • $250 a month will give a child access to YMCA programs for one year to develop sportsmanship and new skills through youth
  • $1000 helps families learn, grow and thrive together through membership for all

Supporting our Communities' Greatest Needs

A trusted community leader and partner, the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford delivers high quality programs and services that respond to emergent needs in our community. Annually, we serve more than 127,000 individuals and provide financial assistance to more than 23,000 individuals each year to support participation in YMCA programs.

Enabling access to the YMCA benefits those in greatest need - the same people who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. It's one way the YMCA is helping address inequity and giving more people a fair opportunity to thrive.

With your give you are giving a child the chance to...

  •  Belong and reduce isolation by providing them with a safe space
  •  Learn important leadership and development skills through swim lessons, day camps, sports and youth leadership programs
  •  Lead a healthier life both physically and mentally
  • Thrive and reach their full potential