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Community Needs

Responding to the Community’s Needs.

Over the past few years, the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA engaged over thousands residents, members and local leaders in comprehensive community needs assessments to help design and deliver new programs and services that address critical issues in areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

We asked our community what they needed and the results were astounding.

Pre-COVID Youth Needs

  • Non-athletic programs that draw out youth skills, creativity, and confidence
  • Opportunities to build good character
  • Youth exit high school with college or career readiness skills

Post-COVID Youth Needs

  • Address issues related to mental health and well-being
  • Programs that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • COVID-era learning loss and academic support

Pre-COVID Adult & Senior Needs

  • Adults are supported in practicing positive health habits that include physical activity and healthy eating
  • Availability of learning opportunities for adults
  • Presence of community space where seniors can develop connections with each other (tie)
  • Availability of services to engage the family unit (tie)

Post-COVID Adult & Senior Needs

  • Access to mental health services to combat isolation, depression and anxiety
  • Programs that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Affordable daycare

The AMA YMCA plans to conduct another Community Needs Assessment in late 2022. Stay tuned for more information on how you can make your voice heard.