YMCA Shayla Boys

Shayla Adkins and her children joined the Y in 2013 through the Open Doors program. Her two boys were enrolled in preschool and now attend before and after school care and summer camp. “I wanted to place them in an environment that inspired them to develop and grow, made them feel safe to try new things and allowed us to create lifelong memories as a family. We found that at the Y!”

Shayla, a single mom, says the Y embodies the warmth of a family and helped her during a difficult time. “The Y was more than just a facility to us, it was our escape.” Shayla and her children found new activities to try and gained new friendships with other families. “I met one of my best friends and her son thanks to the before and aftercare program at the Y and now we enjoy exploring new activities together.”

Shayla’s favorite thing about the Y is all of the different programs and classes available all in one place. “Where else can you find a place that offers such diversity and opportunity to try so many new things” Shayla’s boys have played tennis, golf, basketball, tee-ball, soccer, karate and have even enjoyed family cooking classes and yoga. Shayla enjoys having the freedom to participate in the ballet, swim and group classes while her sons have fun spending time in the Y’s childcare center.

Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.


Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.


Due to scheduled protests, the Central and Walnut Street YMCA's will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Sussex Family Y will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Bear-Family Y outdoor pools will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.