Get to know your YMCA.
The Lafayette Family YMCA has a rich history that led to its place as a community resource for health, education, and youth development.
Our work to grow and improve programs and opportunities in the Greater Lafayette area is rooted in the dedication of our exceptional community members, past and present.
While the YMCA organization was founded in 1844, the Lafayette Y opened in 1889. Purdue University’s Dr. Stanley Coulter took the lead as the first president of the local YMCA, creating a strong foundation for the Y to guide the community.
Over the years, as the local YMCA developed, it strengthened its goal of providing opportunities for constructive youth development and expanded to include the wellness and social responsibility we know today.
Now, we welcome all ages and families by offering a variety of programs through the YMCA and our community partners. We'd love for you to be a part of our story as we continue to help our community move forward!
The Lafayette Family YMCA has always put Christian principles into practice through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our values underscore everything we do here.
Our core values
CaringWe pledge to demonstrate a sincere concern for others, for their needs and wellbeing. We do this by serving new members, longtime members, and non-members equally.
HonestyWe promise to always tell the truth, to demonstrate reliability, and to promote trustworthiness through actions that are in keeping with our stated positions and beliefs.
RespectWe will always treat others the way we would want to be treated; value the worth of every person; and live out acceptance, empathy, self-respect, and tolerance on a daily basis.
ResponsibilityOur employees will always do what’s right and hold each other accountable for their choices, behavior, actions, and promises as we guide you on your path to well-being.