YMCA of the University of Illinois
The University YMCA has been a vital part of campus life at the University of Illinois since its formation in 1873. The Y plays an important role in developing students into leaders who share a commitment to making our world a better place. The University Y has a proud legacy of responding to community needs and serving as a bridge between the university and community by encouraging faith in action, promoting global engagement, working for social justice and protecting our environment. Throughout our history, we have worked to address campus and community needs by encouraging student engagement in projects and programs that expand their view of the world, deepen their understanding of community, and integrate the ideas, knowledge and skills gained in school by applying them to real world situations.