Through values-based programs and services, the YMCA of the Palouse develops civically-engaged staff, student leaders, and volunteers through
 involvement with those we serve, to build strong communities that foster youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 

The YMCA's four core values permeate everything we do at the Y.  They are:

  • Respect does not come with discrimination.  Instead, respect allows for compassion, understanding, acceptance and appreciation of differences in self and others.
  • Caring requires a genuine commitment to listen to, understand, and advocate for self and others, leading to a healthy mind, body and spirit for all. 
  • Responsibility is being present to hold self and others accountable for recognizing and meeting individual or community needs, and passionately honoring commitments. Do what is right.
  • Honesty is having openness and acceptance of self and others while genuinely being open and truthful when giving and receiving input and feedback as well as demonstrating compassion.


We strive to welcome all in high-quality programs that are designed to improve the quality of life, and to work side by side, every day, to offer a variety of ways for everyone (regardless of age, religion, sexual orientation, age, background, income or ability/disability) to learn, grow, and to thrive in our programs,  community, and in life. 

Staff, student leaders, and volunteers believe that in order to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. At the Y, we measure our success by how well we engage individuals in our focus areas:


  • Youth Development
    Afterschool programs at our local elementary schools bring youth and families together in a safe, fun and welcoming place to nurture potential by offering the values, tools, and inspiration needed to develop the self-confidence, ambition, drive, and passion needed to become proactive, healthy, and compassionate contributors to our community. 

  • Healthy Living:
    All of our programs offered to individuals and families are designed to inspire healthy minds, spirits, and bodies to improve our community’s holistic health and well-being.
  • Social Responsibility:
    Our programs promote social responsibility by implementing a service component that provides tools to develop teamwork, the appreciation of individuality, and to be able to identify, raise awareness of, and advocate for the needs of self and others.


Staff, program participants, and volunteers are empowered to become strong leaders and advocates for community needs. The Y four core values are put into practice through high-quality, inclusive programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Impact is evident when an individual is inspired to make a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.



Every day we work side-by-side to offer a variety of ways for everyone, regardless of age, religion, sexual orientation, background, income or ability/disability to learn, grow, and to thrive in our programs, our community, and in life.