Dive into diversity and inclusion at our annual PRIDE Celebration! Splash your way to the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA on Thursday, June 8th for an afternoon of fun, music, games, and more, all while embracing the spirit of love and equality.
The Summit Area YMCA, in partnership with Governor Livingston High School's SAGA Club and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council, invites you to join us for this vibrant celebration from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.
Date: Moved to Friday, June 9 (due to the air quality index).
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA
Remember to bring your friends, family, and your love for diversity and inclusion. Let's make this Pride Celebration a memorable one, filled with acceptance, understanding, and joy. We can't wait to see you at the pool! In case of rain, don't worry, we have a backup plan! The event will be held on Friday, June 9th, same time, same place.
Please note: Pre-registration is required, and a parent or guardian must complete and sign the form for any attendees under the age of 18. Safety is our top priority. All children under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult and all prospective swimmers age 14 and younger are required to take a swim evaluation test administered by BHCPY staff.
Read more about our past PRIDE Celebrations in 2021 & 2022!
Join us for PRIDE Rides, cycling classes that honor and celebrate cultural diversity, at Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA. Embrace your colors, united in strength, and pedal to the rhythm of love and acceptance. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned cyclist, all are welcome to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community's rich history. Join Kris on Monday, June 12, 6:00-6:45 PM at Summit YMCA, or rise early with Courtney on Thursday, June 15, 6:00-6:45 AM at Berkeley Heights YMCA. Join the ride and let your true colors shine!
Berkeley Heights YMCA
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 experiences. 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 everyone can 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.