Advancing a more equitable and inclusive society
All are welcome at the YMCA of Metro Denver
The YMCA’s core values are caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and innovation and they guide everything we do. We lift up and create connected communities inclusive of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identify, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation.
The YMCA is a diverse organization of people joined together by a shared commitment to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive through the YMCA. As such, the Denver Y has been recognized by Y-USA as a Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation YMCA, making it one of the 81 YMCAs nationwide to have this designation. As a DIG Innovation Y, the Denver YMCA supports developing and pursuing diversity and inclusion practices and global strategies that help us connect and strengthen our communities.
By prioritizing diversity, inclusion, equity and global strategies, the Denver Y works to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the Y. We also strive to make sure everybody feels welcome and is fully engaged as participants, members, staff and volunteers. The Y is a force for building bridges among all people to advance our cause of strengthening community.
The Denver Y is guided by the following principles:
- Lead with empathy in all interactions and activities
- Recognize, value and embrace all dimensions of diversity and work toward the greatest possible inclusion
- Foster a safe exchange of ideas, beliefs and perspectives within and through the Y locally and globally
- Advance social equity and bridge-building across and within all communities
Our Commitment in Action
The Denver YMCA supports developing and pursuing diversity and inclusion practices and strategies that help us connect and strengthen our communities.
We will do our part to overcome racism by addressing the systemic social, cultural and historical contributors to inequity.
New American Welcome Center
At the Y, we believe that our communities are stronger and more vibrant when everyone feels welcome and can fully contribute their unique talents for the greater good.
LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Pridefest and Beyond
Connecting LGBTQ youth, families and adults with YMCA resources to build equity in wellness and community, especially in relation to specific obstacles facing this community.
YMCA Black History
We honor the Black leaders who helped move the YMCA toward greater inclusion and equity for all. See a few of their stories.