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To put Christian principles into practice through programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind, body and social well-being for all. We are guided by our core values Faith, Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty.


To gather communities, making accessible to all high quality programs and services that promote and develop health spirit, mind, body and social well-being throughout South Central Minnesota.

How We Make A Difference

Founded in 1874, the Mankato Family YMCA is a charitable organization working toward a better community for us all. Every day, the Y supports kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that connect, teach, protect, heal and encourage. We work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone – regardless of age, income or background as the same opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

We strengthen the foundation of community through:

  • Youth Development: Empowering young people to reach their full potential
  • Healthy Living: Improving individual and community well-being
  • Social Responsibility: Giving back and inspiring action in our community

Taking the YMCA from a Place to a Purpose





Our first name was The Mankato Young Men’s Christian Association. It was formed in 1874 by a few men from Centenary Methodist Church, First Baptist Church and The First Presbyterian Church.

That group disbanded and reorganized nine years later in 1892. Meeting rooms were rented at 313 South Front Street in 42 of 57
what’s now the open court area next to the Intergovernmental Center in Mankato Place. The decision was made in 1903 to construct a modern and exclusive YMCA facility.

A fund drive was completed to cover the estimated cost and in 1905 the new facility was dedicated on corner of Cherry and Second Streets. The Building On the Corner, as it was dubbed, had a pool, a gym and some athletic equipment. The YMCA was a hub for young men and boys during The Depression and World War II years. The building was used to full capacity.

In 1957 the building and site were sold to the Greyhound Bus Company. The Oscar W. Schmidt residence was purchased in 1958 from the profits of the sale. 111 Park Lane became the next home address to the YMCA. 1961-62 marked another fundraising effort. $110,000 was raised for an addition to the Schmidt house, a regulation size swimming pool, a gym, one handball court and locker rooms. The name Mankato Family YMCA was adopted in 1962. Also in that year, YMCA membership was expanded to include women and families.
Growth exploded and by 1970 the facility and programs were again at full capacity. The next fundraising campaign raised $660,000 and in 1972, with construction complete, the YMCA had four regulation size handball/racquetball courts, an exercise room, a shallow water swimming pool and additional office space. A fund drive in 1976 netted $330,000 in pledges that enabled the payment of the mortgage and nearly $75,000 added to the Endowment Fund.

From 1975 to 1985 the Y continued a healthy growth in membership and programs as well as a stable financial condition. In 1987 approximately $1.2 million was raised to construct a second gym and add additional locker room space.

A $300,000 fundraiser in 1992 launched the next project that included remodeling of existing space into our Life Center & Free Weight Room, childcare and preschool program space.
In 1999 more than 250 volunteers raised funds for a year and a half for the largest expansion project to date. This $4.8 million project transformed the YMCA into a state-of the-art facility in 2001. When the construction was complete we had a newly renovated swimming pool and gym, the Taylor Family Aquatic Center, a new entrance, lobby and expanded parking. We doubled the size of the Life Center, added the Aerobic, Cycling and Mind/Body Studios and Pepsi Cube Recreation Center plus more than tripled the size of our drop in childcare space.

Today, the Y continues to grow in membership. Once a men’s-only club, the Y today is reflective of the greater Mankato area in our diverse membership, and service to the community. As a result, we’re working toward renovating and remodeling the facility to accommodate demand while looking toward establishing a presence on the east side of Mankato. All these years later, we’re continuing to grow up.

The Y has been making opportunity possible for over a hundred years. What has the Y done for you?
Share your Y story with us, and be featured on our Y Story wall and/or on our Facebook page.


  • Written stories may include a photo (we encourage photo submissions – submit photos to [email protected] with your full name in the subject line).
  • Video stories should be 2 minutes or less (submit videos to [email protected] with your full name in the subject line).
  • Please submit only stories you are authorized to share. Stories may be used for YMCA promotions.

You can submit your written or video story online below or in the Y front lobby (templates available at the front desk or use a blank piece of paper).
If submitting photos or videos, send via email to [email protected] (please include your full name).

YOUR STORY DOES NOT NEED TO BE THIS SIGNIFICANT! Your story can be simple, elaborate, short or long. There are no rules as to what is YOUR Y Story.

2024 Board of Directors

Zack Kolars, President
Ryan Vesey, Vice President
Kate Loging, Secretary/Treasurer
Mohamed Alsadig
Susan Arntz
Carla Chesley
Jay Dahlvang
Candee Deichman
Tim Dunford
Josh Milow
Henry Morris
Alyssa Nelson
Angela Olson
Destiny Owens
Michael Pederson
Paul Peterson
Craig Sinning
Hisham Sorour
Michael Stalberger
Zachary Storm
Jordan Yess
Brian Yingst

If you are interested in joining the YMCA Board of Directors, email Andrew Burk at [email protected].

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Y is made up of all people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith – they guide everything we do.