A vibrant, healthy community is one in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and connection.

At the YMCA, that often means stepping forward with a new program or service to address specific and unique needs in the communities we serve.

Through the Y’s Strong Kids Campaign and the following initiatives, the YMCA of Okanagan remains accessible to all.

Beyond the Bell

Living in poverty is often linked to an increase in health-related issues in kids, including poor nutrition, obesity, increased behavioural and emotional problems, as well as low academic achievement. YMCA Beyond the Bell is an after-school academic achievement program that gives vulnerable children the additional help they need to keep pace with their grade level and peers.

YMCA Okanagan Swims

Not every child knows how to swim Many children locally do not have the opportunity to participate in structured swim lessons. There are many reasons for this including whether it is seen as a valued life-skill in a household, whether parents themselves know how to swim or not, or for financial reasons; many local families simply cannot afford to enroll their children in lessons. According to the...

To learn more about this program or future funding opportunities for growth, contact:

Randall Wight
Association Aquatics Manager
250-491-9622 #405

YMCA Young Parent Program and Child Care

We are proud to operate the Young Parent Program at Kelowna Secondary School, in partnership with Central Okanagan Schools. This community program provides parents under the age of 20 with the fundamental tools they need to thrive, including quality child care, parenting education, life skills training, connections to critical resources and a supportive community. Families receive individualized...

Y Mind

Learn to cope with anxiety. Getting support for those who experience stress and anxiety is tough and it can be overwhelming to know where to go for help. YMCA Mindfulness Groups are free and support young adults between 18–30 years old. You will learn healthy coping tools to manage anxiety, connect with other young people and receive support—all in a safe and friendly community...