What is the Y?
We’re glad you asked!
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children committed
to bringing about lasting personal and social change. With a focus on
nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s
health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and
support neighbors, the Y enables youth, adults, families and communities
to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national
resource office, and more than 2,600 independent YMCAs with
approximately 20,000 staff and 500,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities
across the country. The Y engages 9 million youth and 12 million adults in 10,000
communities across the U.S. In Southern Nevada, more than 40,000
individuals participate in the Y experience annually. Worldwide, the Y serves more than 45 million people in 124 countries.
Ys across the U.S. play an integral role in strengthening the leadership
and youth programs of the Y around the world. The Y is accessible to all people. We offer financial assistance to
those who cannot afford the Y experience. The Y is guided by four core values: caring, honesty, respect,
+Do I have to be Christian to join?
No, everyone is welcome! What started as the Young Men’s Christian
Association in 1844 has evolved into the Y of today, a far-reaching
organization. Members, staff and volunteers include men, women and
children of all ages and walks of life.
+Does a national board make all the decisions?
The YMCA of Southern Nevada is governed by a local volunteer board of
directors. They set policies and make decisions based on our community’s
+Why do you need to raise money?
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we run an
annual fundraising campaign
to offset costs not covered by fees. Funds raised provide scholarships
to those who might not otherwise be able to afford the Y experience. No
one is turned away because of an inability to pay.
Read our 2013 annual report
to learn more.
+My grandpa belongs to the Y. Is it cool enough for my family and
If you consider a 34-foot rock wall, water parks, pools, fitness
centers, cycling and yoga studios, basketball courts, weight rooms and
dozens of programs like belly burn, karate, basketball, buddy personal
training, swim lessons and Zumba hip (whew!), then the Y is definitely
cool enough for you. We bet your grandpa loves it too. There are fitness
and recreational opportunities for every member of the family, from
infants to seniors.
+When are you opening a branch near me?
Our four Y locations are spread throughout central and northwest Las
Vegas, and northeast North Las Vegas. Along with our board of directors,
we are always looking to expand our brand into underserved areas. While
there are no new full-service facilities planned at this time, we are
continually evaluating new ways to meet the fitness and recreational
needs of individuals and families.
+What if I can’t afford the Y?
No one is turned away because of an inability to pay, and that includes
you. We’ll personalize a membership package to meet your needs,
including your budget. Financial assistance is also available. See our
Financial Assistance page
or come into a branch for more information on how to apply.
+Can I sign up for a program if I’m not a member?
Yes. But remember, membership has its benefits. As a member you can
participate in programs, sometimes at reduced rates, and enjoy
everything the Y has to offer, including all facility amenities, free
fitness classes and much more.
+Is my membership only good where I enrolled?
Your membership gives you access to all YMCA of Southern Nevada
locations and the various amenities,
plus you can use
Ys across the country when you’re away from home.
+I’m moving to Las Vegas. How do I transfer my Y membership?
Just stop by a branch within 30 days of arriving in Southern Nevada and
we’ll work with you to get your membership transferred.
+Can I stay at the Y?
Unlike many YMCAs around the country, we do not have residence
+Do you offer babysitting?
Our Child Watch program is the solution to your child care dilemma.
Your child (3 months – 7 years) can enjoy fun, stimulating activities
for up to two hours while you focus on your wellness routine. It’s free
with your Family Membership. Hours vary by location.
+When is the the Y closed?
All branches are subject to closures on the days listed below. Holidays that have a * indicate that your location may be open limited hours. Always check with your local Y’s Member Services Desk for holiday operating hours.
New Year’s Day*
4th of July – Independence Day
New Year’s Eve*
+What time is the Y open?
You can view all of our branch hours by visiting our locations pages (click “Locations” in the top navigation).
+What is included with membership?
You can view most of our member benefits online. While many classes and group fitness experiences are free, there may be additional fees for care, specialty or instructional programs, such as swimming lessons, martial arts, Pilates Reformer or cooking classes. (please have “online” link to our membership page.)
+Can members bring guests to the Y?
As a member benefit, you receive four guest passes each year for individual memberships and six guest passes for each family membership. A guest member can use a maximum of four passes each year. Visit the Member Services desk with your guest to enjoy this service. If a guest is 17 or under, a parent/guardian must accompany the minor to sign a consent form.
+Who can participate at the Y?
Everyone is welcome – the YMCA of Southern Nevada is a membership organization open to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, abilities and financial circumstances. Programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the needs and composition of the communities they serve. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is available for those in need.