Our Mission

What We Do

The Kentucky YMCA Youth Association serves as the home of Kentucky’s YMCA Youth and Government programs. We provide middle school, high school, and college students across the Commonwealth with opportunities for service learning, civic engagement, and personal development.


Our Programs

In addition to our model government programs, we also offer winter and summer leadership development conferences as well as an intensive service-learning program and local advocacy programs.

Kentucky Youth Assembly | KYA
Kentucky United Nations Assembly | KUNA

Go For It! Conference | GFI
Leadership Training Conference | LTC

Metro Youth Advocates


Kentucky YMCA Mission Statement

The mission of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association is to develop engaged citizens and servant leaders, inspired to affect change in their school, community, Commonwealth, nation, and world. Through experiential learning, service, and community activism, the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association fosters critical thinking, leadership, and social responsibility in teens.


National YMCA Mission Statement

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


Core Values

The Kentucky YMCA Youth Association works to ensure that all of our participants uphold the 4 core values of the YMCA: Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility – both during our programs and in their everyday lives.


Diversity & Inclusion

The Kentucky YMCA Youth Association is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. By prioritizing diversity and inclusion, we seek to ensure that the Y is truly for all – a place where all people feel welcome and fully engaged as participants, members, staff and volunteers.