Since 1874, 92nd Street Y has been serving its community and the world in a remarkable way, providing exceptional programs across the spectrum—in the arts and culture, Jewish life and education, health and fitness, personal growth and travel, and in classes for adults, families and children. A unique, multifaceted nonprofit institution, 92nd Street Y serves over 300,000 people annually, from newborns to centenarians, always remaining true to its mission.
Honoring Life's Seasons
Programs at 92nd Street Y are designed for people of all ages. Infants and small children benefit from the caring their mothers and fathers learn in parenting classes. Children are uniquely enriched by our nursery school, after-school programs and camps. Adults of every age partake in the full gamut of physical, intellectual and cultural pursuits, and 92Y operates a nationally recognized program for adults over 60. In every aspect of our programming, families and generations are able to come together to enrich their lives.
As a nonprofit, created to help enrich the lives of its community members, 92nd Street Y has always strived to meet emerging social needs. In the 1870s, 92Y began offering free adult education classes, and later went on to pioneer new programs, including a nursery school (1938), activities for senior citizens (1950), a parenting center (1978) and a camp for autistic children (1987). Groundbreaking programs in the arts, religion and public affairs enable diverse audiences to pursue a variety of interests here, while educational outreach programs share 92Y's abundant resources with students in the city's public schools.
A proudly Jewish institution since its inception, 92nd Street Y honors Jewish faith and culture by sharing it with the world. People of every background and affiliation can find a comfortable way to connect with their heritage at 92Y. Everyone who comes to 92Y benefits from what we represent—a passion for ideas, a demand for excellence, a commitment to service and a respect for creative expression.
Martha Graham. Yo-Yo Ma. I. M. Pei. Paul Robeson. These luminaries and countless others have shared their gifts with appreciative audiences at 92nd Street Y, where culture and talent have blossomed for decades. The fine arts—classical and contemporary music, dance, drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry, drama and literature—are at home here, both on public stages and in intimate classrooms where appreciation is fostered and creativity encouraged.
New ideas keep individuals growing. Airing those ideas keeps societies dynamic. Few forums in the world can match 92nd Street Y in the breadth and depth of political, religious, social and economic issues presented for the public's consideration. Some of the century's central figures have graced our stage: Bill Gates, Mikhail Gorbachev, Gloria Steinem, Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan. Whether you agree with the program's content or not, you will gain knowledge through the engagement.
92nd Street Y has always believed that physical activity is essential for strengthening bodies and energizing minds. Today's 92Y offers a wide range of health and fitness opportunities that include swimming, yoga, gymnastics and swing dancing—to name just a few. Nutrition classes, health screenings, medical education and support groups, many offered in conjunction with leading New York hospitals, provide our patrons with total wellness and physical well-being.
An Open Invitation
Every year, 92Y serves hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone is welcome regardless of social, religious, physical, racial or economic background. 92Y, which is committed to equal access and diverse participation, keeps its programs varied and its prices reasonable. Financial assistance is always available for those in need.