The Y is deeply vested, along with our partners and funders, in communities adversely impacted by the “achievement gap”  -- the academic, social and developmental effects of poverty on children and youth.  We approach this through many avenues including mentoring, Head Start early learning, as well as myriad programs for students in K-12th grades throughout low income communities in our region. These programs include Y Community Schools, After School Enrichment, Summer Learning Programs and more specialized programs like college and career exploration and programs for youth experiencing homelessness, among others.

The tie that binds them all is a high quality, outcomes based approach which includes academic intervention as well as a robust enrichment component consisting of a rich mix of influences including sports clinics, group exercise such as yoga, visual and performing arts, to name a few. Whether as a volunteer, funder, partner or associate, we invite you to join us in this cause.

The Y in Central Maryland will be pursuing various 21st CCLC grants to provide literacy and math instruction, STEAM enrichment activities, field trips, family engagement initiatives, and college and career readiness programs. Our applications include Walter P. Carter, Northwood, Woodhome, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor schools. Additionally, we're applying for Lillie Mae Carroll Charter and Academy for College & Career Exploration with a specific emphasis on college and career readiness. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Sasha Batts at or Heather Naviasky at

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved, please contact Charmayne Turner, VP Operations, Youth Development, at