Message from the CEO

For more than a century, the YMCA has been a constant in the lives of Princeton residents. Through decades of social change and economic ups and downs, the YMCA has steadfastly provided a welcoming place for fellowship, enrichment and personal development. Regardless of the time in history or the size of the budget, its purpose has remained unwavering and true: with our Judeo Christian heritage guiding us, we put principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The YMCA is so much more than just a building on the corner. It is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors in 10,000 communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

We became a leading nonprofit by helping people everywhere develop the skills and relationships they need to be healthy, confident and connected to others. Parents desire a safe environment in which children can learn practical and social skills and develop positive values. Kids want to exert energy, discover who they are and what they can achieve and be accepted among each other. Adults want to learn more, do more and live more healthily. We nurture life lessons in kids, foster health and well-being among people of any age or background, bring people together to pursue passions old and new, and provide mutual support for everyone in our neighborhoods.

Thank you for your support of the YMCA mission in Princeton – as a member, donor or advocate of our mission. The YMCA is so much more — and we’re glad you are a part of it, and we welcome you to learn more if you haven’t joined us already!


Kate Bech, Chief Executive Officer


Read Kate’s Art Matters essay in the Princeton University Art Museum’s Summer 2015 magazine.

Learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum.