Our History

The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City was formed in May of 1889, three weeks after the Oklahoma Land Run. In those days, the Y’s purpose was to provide a source of strength and positive influence for young men who had traveled far from their families to make a new life for themselves.

Today, we provide programs, services and solutions to address our communities’ most critical issues and have expanded to 15 branches, two program centers, 25 community-based program sites and an overnight camp. Financial assistance, feeding programs, teaching kids to swim, teen leadership programs, providing before and after school care and offering fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment and group exercise classes are just a some of the ways the Y provides for the community.