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Strategic Plan & City Agenda

View a video about the YMCA's City Agenda, narrated by Channel 3 newscaster Ramona Robinson...

Strategic PlanSince 1854, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland has enriched the lives of thousands of Northeast Ohioans. Our goal now, as it was then, is to strengthen the kids, families and communities we serve.

To that end, we initiated a strategic planning process in early 2005 that began with member and employee satisfaction studies, interviews with key leaders, and dialogue with volunteers and counsel. The result was the creation and adoption of Vision 2012: A Bridge To Tomorrow, a five year strategic plan that lays the groundwork for our organization's future.

Since embarking on this process, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland has turned a corner. It is a different YMCA than in the past. Definitely not business as usual. We continue to closely follow our plan for future financial stability. The organization -- the first time in at least a decade – is now operating in the black.

We are committed to serving children and families in the city of Cleveland as well as in Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lorain Counties.

In 2010 we opened a new, state-of-the-art YMCA in the city of Avon, and in 2012 we opened new facilities in the communities of North Royalton and Warrensville Heights.

Our existing facilities command our attention. Many of our buildings are more than a half-century old. We recognize that to most appropriately serve our members there is a definite need to upgrade our physical plant, Association-wide.

After a period of tough decisions, we are confident and moving forward. The progress is energizing as we create a new and improved YMCA of Greater Cleveland to take us into the future. Our redefined City Agenda will now better meet the needs of underserved populations, while at the same time providing high quality services to the Greater Cleveland area.

Vision 2012: A Bridge to Tomorrow outlines our plan to address critical issues in our community:

• Childhood obesity
• Education
• Youth values
• Lack of teen programs
• Diversity and inclusion
• Health and wellness
• Need for collaboration

Unhealthy behaviors, sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition have led to an epidemic of obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. Childhood obesity likely will lead to lower life expectancy and chronic health issues. Only 36% of students in Cleveland graduate from high school. Children and teens are increasingly growing up in single-parent homes. Racial diversity is increasing and the need for the teaching of values and the appreciation of diversity and inclusion are paramount.

To effectively address these critical issues, it is imperative that organizations work collaboratively to maximize limited resources.

Our vision is to be the premier community-based, charitable organization that embraces collaborations to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. We will focus on the priorities outlined in this plan and have committed to providing the resources necessary to achieve success. We invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor!

Donald W. Strang, III, Chair
Strategic Planning Task Force

Select this link to read the complete Strategic Plan