YMCA Core Values
All YMCA programs have a strong emphasis on the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Adopted formally by the YMCA of the USA in the early 1990s, the four core YMCA values were developed to help teach kids right from wrong.
Caring: To love others, to be sensitve to the well-being of others, to help others.
"Where there is love, there is life." ~ Gandhi
Honesty: To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity; making sure your choices match your values.
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Respect: To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself.
"You don't have to be handicapped to be different. Everyone's different." ~ Kim Peek
Responsibility: To do what is right, what you ought to do; to be accountable for your behavior and obligations.
"The time is always right to do what is right." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.