Our History

The Y is turning 100!

Whether you remember visiting the historic Downtown St. Petersburg YMCA, learned to swim at the Y, transformed your fitness routine or volunteered your time to help others in the community, the Y has impacted the lives of many St. Petersburg citizens. Now, the Y would love to hear from you.

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is asking the community to dig through their files for YMCA memorabilia that may help retell the organizations’s history. The association turns 100 this year, and is requesting that community members share artifacts, quotes, photographs and memories that may be of significance to the Y’s legacy in St. Petersburg.

Members of the community can submit information by sending an email to 100years@stpeteymca.org. Please include your full name and phone number in your email so the Y can reach out to you if necessary.

 

Since 1920, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has been effectively meeting the holistic needs of St. Petersburg’s residents through programs developed in direct response to the ever-changing needs and realities of our community. Over the past nine decades, our Y has developed a highly-effective, self-reflective planning model that ensures all proposed programs align with our mission, organizational capacity and the needs of our community.

Today, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg maintains five facilities: the Jim & Heather Gills, Bardmoor, Harbordale, Speer and Childs Park YMCAs, and 25 before and afterschool program locations- serving over 61,000 people annually.

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has been recognized repeatedly by the communities it serves. Most notably - the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce “Best Business of the Year” Award (2002), the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award (2008), the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Non-Profit of the Year Award- Public and Societal Benefit (2013), and the Raymond James Community Impact Award (2013).