Urban Mission YMCA: Making a Difference in Indianapolis

Urban Mission YMCA has been dedicated to enriching the lives of Indianapolis inner city teenagers through a wide variety of workshops, field trips, and programs for over ten years. This branch is one of the eleven branches that make up the Indianapolis YMCA. The other branches are: YMCA at the Athenaeum, Baxter YMCA, Benjamin Harrison YMCA, Butler Intercollegiate YMCA, Fishers YMCA, Flat Rock River YMCA Camp, Jordan YMCA, Pike YMCA, Ransburg YMCA, and West District YMCA.

Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the Urban Mission YMCA is near Veterans Memorial Plaza, University Park, and Mass Ave. It’s fitting that Urban Mission YMCA is in the middle of Indianapolis, because it cares for our entire community. One could almost say that it is the heart of the town.

Urban Mission YMCA’s primary goal is supporting Indianapolis kids, and one of the many ways they do this is through the enrichment of Indianapolis education. They offer several programs designed to help students excel at all levels of school, including: “Y Achievers”, which helps high school students develop educational and social skills through workshops and tutoring; “Generation Y”, a middle school program that gives youth at low performing schools opportunities for advancement; and “From Day 1”, a summer camp that helps eighth graders transition to high school.

Urban Mission YMCA also sponsors tours of colleges around the nation. These tours show students what it takes to be accepted into a major university, including proper completion of the registration process and the writing of a good application essay. In 2008, Urban Mission YMCA took students to North Carolina to visit Kentucky State University, Duke University, and three other schools. In April of 2009, Indianapolis students went to Florida and Tennessee to experience a dozen different schools, including University of Memphis and Tennessee State University. The trip wasn’t all education, however; participants also had a day to unwind at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Theme Parks.


Urban Mission YMCA isn’t all about scholastic achievement, however. They’re also striving to make sure their kids lead a successful and fulfilling life outside of the classroom. “Afternoons R.O.C.K. in Indiana,” or ARII, is a program for kids ages 10-14. This program is centered around music, debate, games, and drama that show students that there are other worthwhile activities besides doing drugs. “Young Parent’s Skills & Support (YPSS)” is a program uses focused workshops and activities to encourage responsible parenting and familial relationships that don’t involve violence. It’s primarily focused on teenage mothers and fathers who may not have learned good parenting strategies from their own parents, and it’s a good program to improve the future of the city’s children.

Urban Mission YMCA is so successful because there is a dedicated group of volunteers from the entire Indianapolis community who are committed to making this YMCA branch run smoothly. The current Board of Managers for Urban Mission YMCA includes volunteers from all walks of life and every part of the Indianapolis business world, including members of Butler University, the Indiana Afterschool Network, several members of Eli Lilly and Company, and many more. It takes the whole city to make a difference, and nowhere is this more true than at Urban Mission YMCA.

For more information on Urban Mission YMCA, including detailed program information and an event schedule, please visit the YMCA branch’s homepage.

Urban Mission YMCA
615 N Alabama St, Ste 400
Indianapolis, IN 46204