Everyone is Welcome at the Y
The YMCA welcomes all who wish to participate and believes that no one should be turned away due to the inability to pay. Through a scholarship program, the Greater Joliet YMCA provides assistance to youth, adults and families based on individual needs and circumstances.
Providing Access For All
The Y exists to strengthen communities. With a commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive.
In 2022, the Y provided nearly $900,000 in financial assistance to those who qualify. Scholarship funds are made possible year-round through the YMCA Mission Strong Fund.
Determining assistance is handled by each YMCA branch in a fair and consistent manner. Every YMCA member receives the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they receive a scholarship.
YMCA members can feel confident knowing that they are a part of an organization that cares greatly for the well-being of all people and is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Upon approval, YMCA Scholarship reduces membership fees; it does not eliminate them. Award letters are valid for 45 days. The YMCA requests that individuals and families reapply at the end of your approval period with updated documentation. If you do not reapply at the time requested, your membership will expire.