Help us celebrate PRIDE in our town by joining us for an afternoon of games, music, sweet treats, and more!
The Summit Area YMCA is proud to announce that we will be partnering with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council, Governor Livingston SAGA Club, and The Columbia Middle School Prism Club Council to host our annual community Pride Celebration. Join us on June 16th at the Berkeley Heights YMCA to celebrate love and equality in our community. Bring your friends and family to the Y for an afternoon of fun activities and to show your support!
Date: June 16
Time: 4:00-7:00 PM
Location: Berkeley Heights YMCA, Parking lot
Pre-registration is required. A parent/guardian is required to complete and sign the form for minors under the age of 18.
Activities at this free family-friendly event include:
• Chalk Art
• Arts and Crafts
• Friendly Games of Corn Hole and Large Connect 4
• Bake Sale Run by the SAGA and Prism Club to Raise Money for Charity
• Gaga Pit
• Door Prizes
• DJ Booth
Read more about our past PRIDE Celebrations in 2019 & 2021!
The Summit Area YMCA strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where daily operations and programs support the well-being and safety of all individuals. We believe that with open conversations and learning opportunities in a safe environment will help our community become stronger and more inclusive with each passing day. We have dedicated training for our staff to develop their understanding of biases and the many dimensions of diversity, in efforts to remove stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination in our society and better serve our community as a welcoming and supportive environment. The Summit Area YMCA hosts events like Welcoming Week, Holi Color Festival, Diwali Festival of Lights, Lunar New Year Festival, Special Needs Prom, adaptive swim lessons, yoga classes and various healthy living themed events for the Special Needs community in its inclusion efforts. Also providing financial assistance for individuals and families with demonstrated need towards programs, memberships and childcare.
The Summit Area YMCA is the first Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation Network YMCA in New Jersey committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral to everyday operations. Through welcoming, inclusive practices and environments, we welcome and engage all people from all diverse groups of the community to help and create lasting, meaningful change. We at the Y realize that in order to better the world around us and for the future, we must unite and work towards the strengthening of the individual in mind, body and spirit. For a stronger individual. For a united community. For a better us.
The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council (BHDC) was established in 2014 by a small group of concerned residents eager to bring inclusiveness, increased dialog and change where needed to their town. The BHDC has, from the beginning, created opportunities for residents to learn about, share, and experience cultures, views, beliefs and experience. The BHDC is led by an Executive Board of diverse, passionate & energetic volunteers.
Mission Advancement and Development Director
SUMMIT AREA YMCA
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.