Urban Services YMCA Starr King

  • California

About Us

We help youth and families thrive by providing comprehensive services that foster recovery and well-being.

Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by enriching the lives of all people in spirit, mind and body. 

Our strategic vision is that the healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area, building the skills and habits for a healthy life, being empowered to reach their highest potential.

For more than 160 years, the YMCA of San Francisco has addressed the most pressing social issues of the day—whether that was helping immigrants adjust to life in America or supporting soldiers newly returned from war find jobs back home.

Our 14 YMCAs in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties strive to understand the complex nature of emerging needs and develop unique programming built upon community strength. We understand that each of our communities has unique challenges which are always addressed in a pro-active and compassionate way.

Today, we know our community faces unprecedented challenges: disparities in academic achievement, high rates of chronic disease and obesity, and increasing challenges for our youth in the area of mental health. These challenges and many more are abundant in every community the Y serves.

We must ask the question, whether our children have the conditions to reach their highest potential? Then we must answer that question by saying that we will partner and collaborate to create concrete and lasting solutions to these underlying societal problems. Only by doing so can we ensure a positive future for our society through the strength of the children that we develop today.

The good news is the Y of San Francisco Vision and aligning Strategic Plan will deliver long-term sustainable solutions to solve the emerging needs of our population.