For Youth Development Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
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Archery Soccer
Free Sports Clinics Sports Sampler
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Junior Basketball Volleyball
YMCA Day Camp
The Y's Cause: Strengthening our community

Every day, the Y works side by side with its neighbors (collaborating partners) to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The Y is one of the nation's leading non-profits (there are over 2,600 Y's nations wide), committed to strengthening communities in areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Involvement of the Y: The Y hopes to engage more people in the communities it serves whether it is as member, volunteer, supporter or advocate.

The Lincoln Area YMCA collaborates annually with over 30 agencies, businesses or organizations, giving back to the community in either service or space.

Financial Assistance

YMCA Program scholarships are available to any family that can demonstrate their need for financial assistance. Scholarships are based on proof of qualifying income and/or circumstance. Visit our YMCA office and complete a financial assistance application. Our annual “Partner With Youth Campaign” provides funds needed for our scholarship program through donations received from generous donors and friends of the YMCA. No one is turned away for the inability to pay.

Gym Rental

The YMCA Activity Center gym and party room, located at 719 Wyatt Avenue, are available year round to rent for birthday parties, bridal showers, family reunions and other celebrations. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis after program hours. A $50 deposit and completed rental agreement are required in order to reserve the gym for your event. Each rental must be for at least a minimum of two hours and you must be 21 or older to rent the gym. Rental costs are $37 per hour for Y members and $42 per hour for non-Y members. Call the office at 217-735-3915 to check availability and to learn more information regarding rental of our facility.


All participants of the current Lincoln Area YMCA programs must be current year members. Annual YMCA family memberships are just $37, due at the time of enrollment for any YMCA program and run from January 1st to December 31st. Membership entitles you to receive seasonal YMCA program catalogs, program brochures, deadline reminders and important announcements. Membership enrollment forms are available in the "Registration Forms" tab to the left or at the Y office at 604 Broadway St., Suite 1 in Lincoln. Membership enrollment forms must be submitted to the Y office.

Volunteer Opportunities

Lincoln Area Y offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities throughout the year for adults that desire to serve their community. YMCAs are volunteer-based; founded and led by volunteers in over 10,000 communities nationwide. Please call the Y office if you are interested in volunteering at the Lincoln Area YMCA. Opportunities include, but not limited to the following:

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Employment Opportunities

LEARN, GROW and THRIVE in a career with the YMCA. Each day the Lincoln Area YMCA positively affects the lives of the people in its community, and you can play an important part in that when you work at the Y. It’s more than a job--it is an experience that helps you grow as an individual and allows you to invest your time and talents with local youth and families, helping them grow strong and confident. You will find that you put some play and fun in your own day as you connect with kids and their families. We invite you to come and experience the Y! We invite you to help us strengthen our community!

Click "Forms & Handbooks" menu tab to the left to download an employment application.

Our Y Stories

Lincoln Area YMCA believes that giving back and supporting its community is important. Although our Y mostly provides programs for kids, this story shares how our Y values older adults in our community keeping active and healthy too.

The Y recognizes that people of all ages need and want to stay active, working toward improving and maintaining their health. Since 2007, Lincoln Area YMCA has offered a free walking program to adults 55+ years every week day during the school year from 1-3 pm. During 2012, 30 adults enjoyed this opportunity and came at their convenience to our gym on Wyatt Avenue to walk. These adults see it as an opportunity to remain active in a safe and warm environment, as well as an opportunity to meet other adults and enjoy fellowship, and it is free! Active older adults are invited and welcome to come to the Y and work on keeping a healthy lifestyle. Call the Y and we’ll share more info!

Scholarships Once each year we ask for your help to make a difference...

"Partner With Youth" Annual Scholarship Campaign
Our scholarship fund will help ensure that every family that needs help paying for their Y program or activity fee receives it through the Y scholarship fund. 100% of your gift will stay local and impact your friends and neighborhood.

Our Y is committed to helping meet the needs of our community, but we cannot do it without your support. Your gift to our “Partner With Youth” annual campaign matters because a healthy and strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and for Social Responsibility.

YMCA Program Sponsorship

Lincoln Area YMCA annually offers over thirty programs and activities and fills approximately 3,600 program spaces with youth ages preschool through 9th grade. Each year, our YMCA reaches a membership base consisting of approximately 750 families.

Local businesses assist Lincoln Area YMCA financially by providing sponsorship contributions for our sports, recreational and educational programs. Sponsorship contributions help to offset expenses such as equipment, resource materials, t-shirts, awards, and other such items necessary to provide quality programming. If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring any of our Y programs or activities, please call the Y office at 735-3915 for more information.

Donate Why donate to the Y?

» Being together is the Y.
» Active youth is the Y.
» Building confidence is the Y.
» Meeting new families is the Y.
» Engaging with community is the Y.

Donating to our scholarship fund helps those children whose families cannot afford the full cost of participation in a Y program or activity. Y programs positively impact low income children and families, enhancing their overall well being, today and in the future.

Your Financial Gift...

» Supports local kids only and is tax-deductible.
» Allows every child the opportunity to play, learn and have fun with friends.
» Adds lots of smiles to so many little faces and loads of happiness.
» Supports programs that build self esteem, character, teamwork and relationships.

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We accept Cash, Check, Visa, Master Card and Discover. All payments must be made at the Y Office at 604 Broadway St. in Lincoln (unless otherwise specified). Transaction fees may apply for Debit or Credit Cards.