The YMCA's Youth Programming meets the mission and program objectives of our Movement. As a result, it makes for a better experience for participants and their parents. We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids of today and contributing and engaged adults of tomorrow.