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Gateway Region YMCA  Impact Tours

Bridging the Opportunity Gap: One main focus of the Gateway Region YMCA’s multi-year “Opportunity for All” Comprehensive Capital Campaign is Bridging the Opportunity Gap, with the goal of ensuring every child has access to high quality, enriching life experiences. See interviews from a key official at Bayer explaining how the company’s $1.5M gift connects capital improvements with community needs. The funder’s efforts resulted in a $2.5M investment for the YMCA in north St. Louis. You’ll also hear from Maxine Clark, Philanthropist and Founder of Build-a-Bear, on the important role the Y plays in youth development, and discover youth programs unique to only a handful of Ys across the country.


Cultivating Health Equity: As part of it’s multi-year Comprehensive Capital Campaign, the Gateway Region YMCA is focused on Cultivating Health Equity. The Y worked with local corporate partners in raising funds to assist communities recognized as “food deserts” in the St. Louis region. Thanks to a total of more than $2.5M in generous donations from the Bayer and Emerson companies, you’ll see how the Bayer Y and Emerson Y created modernized community kitchens and expanded community gardens to provide more education and healthy eating resources. Also tune in to learn how the Ys in the St. Louis region implement healthy eating and physical activity requirements in their early childhood education centers and before/after school programs through a

$10,000 grant from BOKS Kids and the Reebok Foundation, and through a partnership with the American Heart Association.

Engaging Diverse Abilities through Inclusion for All: The Gateway Region YMCA is one of the few Ys across the country to staff and fund a fully operational Inclusion & Adaptive Support Services Inclusion Services program. The program provides an inclusive environment where members and program participants of all abilities and needs are able to participate equally. For people with a documented developmental disability, you will see how trained and caring staff at the Y provide the assistance and support needed to ensure that children and adults are able to have a fun, meaningful experience in all programs, whether it’s day camp, child care, swimming, youth sports, fitness or anything else offered. You’ll also see how support from the capital campaign is used to renovate facilities to help meet the needs of this program, and learn how funding is made possible in part from outside government and non-profit agencies.

Camp Lakewood/Trout Lodge: YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood is a year-round destination for adventure for youth, families, adults and groups alike. Camp Lakewood serves as one of the premier overnight camps in the Midwest, while Trout Lodge is one of the few hotel and conference style- centers run by Ys, with room or cabin lodging, buffet-style meals and many activities including paintball, nature hikes, horseback riding, zip lining, boating, and so much more. Located in Missouri’s eastern Ozarks, the campus is nestled into 5,200 acres of picturesque, forest-covered hills and a 360-acre lake. With the generous donation and support from the Sunnen Family and key funders, the Y recently invested over $4.3M in renovations and upgrades to the Lodge. Be sure to tune in to see this beautiful and unique Y asset.