Child Protection

The Y offers an environment where children learn values and positive behaviors that help them along the path to becoming successful adults.

Our core values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility – are part of everything we do. At the Y, children develop a community of friends and have fun in a safe, nurturing environment.

The Y understands that children today are faced with situations that may affect their safety and well-being. It is our job as a community organization to educate ourselves, our children and their parents and guardians, and the community about these potential dangers and to protect them from these dangers:

  • About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • About 90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser.
  • 60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
  • 9% of all 10-to-17-year-olds receive unwanted sexual requests while on the Internet.

Statistics provided by Darkness to Light


As a youth-serving organization that reaches thousands of children and teens every year, the Y’s most important work is creating safe environments for young people. The YMCA is committed to providing a safe environment to every person who enters our doors.

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The Y understands that it is our job as a community organization to inform and educate and our staff, members, volunteers and community about the dangers of child abuse and neglect.

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The Y does not stand alone in our community in our desire to ensure children are safe from abuse. Find these Community Partners and Agencies that educate, respond to, and treat child abuse in the Y’s communities.

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