Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation

 

diversity, inclusion & global innovation


our dig MISSION

"The Summit Area YMCA is committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral to everyday operations. Our Y will empower communities through access to the support and connections all people need to learn, grow, and thrive. Through welcoming, inclusive practices and environments, we will welcome and engage all people from all diverse groups of the community to help and impact lasting, meaningful change."

—Approved by the Summit Area YMCA Board of Trustees, February 2017

 


 

DIG PROGRAMS & EVENTS

The communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit are diverse communities with a long history centered on celebrating food, community and the arts. Join the festivities as we explore National Awareness Months, cultural traditions, workshops, discussions and more! Financial Assistance is also available.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lunar New Year Festival

Annual Pride Celebration

Holi Color Festival

 

Welcoming Week

Diwali Festival

Special Needs Prom

Special Needs Programming

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL YMCA MOVEMENT

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

Did you know that the Y is in 119 countries? Through International partnerships, Ys around the globe respond to the needs of their communities. The Summit Area YMCA has an international partnership with the YMCA of Peru.

YMCA OF PERU  Global YMCA

 

 


 

FIRST DIG INNOVATION NETWORK YMCA IN NEW JERSEY

In 2008, Y-USA developed the Global Centers of Excellence (GCE) network, later named Diversity, Inclusion & Global Innovation Network, as a core strategy to respond to rapidly changing demographics and build local Y capacity to welcome, connect, advocate for, and serve diverse and underserved communities at home and abroad. In line with the Summit Area YMCA's continual commitment to providing meaningful programs and services for our diverse community, we proudly became the first DIG Innovation Network YMCA within the State of New Jersey.

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The Y is Committed to Be an Anti-Racist Organization

In order to achieve our mission of empowering all people, especially the young to reach their fullest potential, the Y must become an anti-racist organization committed to educating ourselves, having hard conversations, reducing barriers, supporting staff, and unleashing potential for all.

We're beginning by owning and acknowledging the truths of our past so we may all heal from the harm we have caused. We use this knowledge to inform the anti-racist and equitable future of the Y. Join us on our journey and review the steps we have taken and how you can get involved. 
 

We've taken three major steps to inform the anti-racist future we envision at the Y.


 

DIG into the Y: volunteer

Your unique experiences, culture and skills can make the difference in our community. Click below to learn more about the ways you can join the movement.

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Join the Y

At the Y you’ll find a warm environment with friendly members who are all part of a cause dedicated to bringing about meaningful change for themselves and for their community.

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GIVE TO DRIVE EQUITY IN OUR COMMUNITIES

The Y is committed to meetings the needs of the community and advancing equity for all. Now, more than ever, we need the Y. Get involved today to learn how your contributions make a difference in our community. Donating to the Y drives innovation, learning, and action in creating equitable and just communities that thrive.

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SUMMIT AREA YMCA

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA | SUMMIT YMCA | THE LEARNING CIRCLE YMCA


The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. We deepen our impact each time we transform a life for the better and we couldn't do it without you. Help us do more together by making a donation online today!