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  • The YMCA of Greater New York was established in 1852, and formed in 1853 by a special act of the New York State Legislature to serve young men as they moved to New York City. The YMCA was their safe haven for lodging, recreation, social activities and spiritual growth. It is the second oldest YMCA in the United States.

    Over the years, the YMCA of Greater New York has grown tremendously to encompass 20 YMCA Branches and 200 sites throughout the five boroughs, and three camps and one conference center upstate. It is part of a World Alliance of YMCAs in 130 countries.

    The YMCA offers a continuum of youth programs, including child care, day care and after-school programs; swimming, sports and leagues; instructional classes; evening teen centers; counseling and health awareness; life/social skills; mentoring; leadership training and development; service learning; computer training; college/career preparation; day camps and sleep-away camps, among many others. The Virtual Y provides after-school learning enhancement to some 6,000 children at 85 public elementary schools. Teen Action NYC is a high-school-based program offering students a means to develop positive leadership skills and plan for life after graduation.