The YMCA of Dane County, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization responding to the needs of families in Dane County by providing quality programs, which embody values that emphasize healthy lifestyles for the spirit, mind and body.

Character Development
YMCA's nationwide embrace a movement committed to character development. This is a long-term commitment and a goal best characterized as an organizational journey - a journey of years, not months. YMCA Character Development challenges people to accept and demonstrate positive values. We have selected the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, which we teach intentionally through all of our programs. Character Development is not a program, but a focus that will effect everything we do.

Building a culture around Character Development presents the opportunity for a personal journey to strengthen attitudes and behaviors. Going on this journey will help each of us become better role models for the future.