Youth Development

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for the future. At the YMCA of Columbia, children and teens can reach their true potential through positive role models and opportunities to explore their unique talents and interests. At the Y, youth can cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Child Care

Our children are our future. At the Y we offer a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and develop social skills. When you know your child is well cared for, you have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Education & Leadership

All kids have great potential. At the Y, we help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions.

Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active by developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building positive relationships participating in sports, it’s about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Camp

Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.