Toddler ballet students play with flow ribbons at the YMCA

Reflecting on an Amazing Year at the Y

As we step into a new year, we reflect on the successes of 2023 made possible by YOU, our Y community. Together, we've achieved remarkable progress across various programs and initiatives, impacting countless lives in our community.


Shot of the newly improved lifting space at the YMCA

New Year, New Y: Gym Enhancements in 2023

Four of our centers received upgraded gyms in 2023! Tom Taylor, Gordon, Haselwood, and Mel Korum all welcomed a full set of new amenities. Updates include new and upgraded strength equipment, turf field space and sleds, and machines that offer greater accessibility for members who need mobility support.


Teen friends pose with shaved ice at a Late Nite at the YMCA

The Return of Late Nite: Reviving a Classic Program in 2023

Late Nite is back! Our Y joined thirteen Pierce County organizations to create safe spaces for teens across Tacoma and Lakewood over the summer. This initiative brought communities closer and fulfilled vital needs for Tacoma youth. This free program continues to run throughout the year each Friday at 5 of our YMCA locations.


Youth and Government student holding up a pamphlet at an event at the YMCA

Youth Take Center Stage at Our State Capitol in 2023

More than 400 students from various schools and YMCA-based programs participated in preparing for the 76th YMCA Youth Legislature at our state Capitol building in Olympia. Teens had the opportunity to present their bills, debate, and lead legislative sessions in the seats of our state representatives.


Yoga at home with Y360

Y360 Brought the YMCA to You

Our virtual offerings expanded in 2023, you all collectively participated in 42,305 virtual sessions on YMCA360, providing enriching experiences through Coach Training Videos, virtual workouts, and engaging content for youth.  


Camp participants and counsellors link hands in a game at the YMCA

Making Waves Y Camp Counselors Impactful Year

In 2023, 265 teens became leaders through our Counselor in Training (CIT) Program, contributing a staggering 21,200 volunteer hours. Teens in our CIT program develop vital leadership skills that last a lifetime.  

Registration for our CIT program will begin on February 12, 2024.


Summer camp participant holding up a colorful toy chain link while playing at they YMCA

Day Camp Fun Unleashed

We proudly served 3,294 campers in our Day Camps with support and guidance from our Counselors in Training, adding to a well-rounded and influential experience for Y kids.


YMCA Child care toddler playing with a toy basketball and hoop

Youth Sports Year of Slam-Dunks

Engagement soared with 789 more players joining Youth Sports in 2023. Young people enjoyed soccer, basketball, and more within the Y’s range of offerings. Program participants spent their days filled with laughter, excitement, and joy as they learned the art of sportsmanship alongside caring mentors and coaches. 


Toddler swim student jumps into the pool toward their instructor at the YMCA

Aquatics Made a Splash in 2023

Last year, an additional 18,063 spots were offered in swim lessons compared to 2022. With our robust aquatics program, the Y offers a safe and fun space for youth to learn how to swim and build community.  


Youth gymnastics participant posing off a jump off the spring board at the YMCA

Over 26,000 Kids Learned to Soar in Gymnastics

Our Gymnastics program reached over 26,370 kids, giving our gymnasts, starting as young as 2 years old in Toddler Gym, the integral skills of bodily awareness and strength. 


Coffee talk participants chat over coffee and donuts at the YMCA

Free Member Resources for Estate Planning

Make 2024 a year of growth, connection, and meaningful planning. 

In partnership with FreeWill, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties provides members with no-cost, easy-to-use online tools for estate planning.  

Your story is a vital part of our YMCA narrative, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Estate planning brings peace of mind and security, allowing you to focus on what really matters: the wellbeing of yourself, your loved ones, and your community. 


A family checking in on a community garden at the YMCA

Sowing Seeds of Success in 2024

2023 saw incredible growth, but we're not stopping there. We aim to further elevate our services, continue impacting lives, and build an even stronger community in 2024. 

Thank you for being a part of the Y family. Let’s make 2024 great.