The mission of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
In the late 1800s, Denver was an emerging city on the wild frontier. People were coming west in search of better living and new meaning.
To bring these people together, a group of 13 men and 3 women gathered to form a chapter of the international YMCA. The Denver Y provided a home for people looking for companionship and connections, and a support system of community and friendships.
In this new city in the West, the Y created a foundation of care, honesty, respect, and responsibility that people could count on, and build from.
Now, 141 years later, the YMCA of Metropolitan continues to be a gathering place for today's families and a foundation of values for the next generation.
"Everyone here is going through the same thing. We're here for each other. We're here so all of us can be the best we can be."
-John Carlin, Participant in the Pedaling for Parkinson's cycling class the Schelssman Family YMCA.
"Power Scholars is like school but more fun. And, it's helping with my grades so that I will be smart when I grow up."
-Jonathon, one of 250 kids from the Denver metro area who participates in YMCA's Power Scholars Academy