Our privilege is also our responsibility to support others, and we hope you’ll share our desire to support our Haitian colleagues and friends. If you would like to donate to the Haiti Y through the Y’s World Service program, please click here.

If you would like to consider becoming personally involved in support of the Haiti Y, or in other overseas work with the Y, please contact Steve Petty (VP Social Responsibility and Community Initiatives) at spetty@annarborymca.org

Global Initiatives at the Ann Arbor Y
Along with 68 other leading YMCA’s across the US, the Ann Arbor YMCA participates in the Diversity, Inclusion & Global Innovation Network, meaning we integrate diversity and inclusion practices and global strategies across key operational and programmatic areas to strengthen our mission impact, community relevance, and long-term sustainability. We share resources with partners in our own community, and take intentional steps to support our neighbors across the globe.

Ann Arbor YMCA – Haiti YMCA Partnership
The Y’s cause is to strengthen communities. Since 2009, Ann Arbor Y staff and volunteers have worked with our colleagues at the YMCA of Haiti (YMCA d’Haiti) to develop sustainable programs in one of the world’s poorest countries by providing operational, programmatic and philanthropic support. Our Y helps develop and implement strategic plans, provides technical training to program staff, and mobilizes philanthropic initiatives which build capacity for the Haiti YMCA. With ten community centers located throughout Haiti, the YMCA serves over 5,000 children and young adults.

In addition, the Ann Arbor Y collaborates with twelve other Y’s in the US, Canada, and Germany to assist with disaster relief, rebuilding of the Y’s facilities, and distributing supplies. Staff visit the country annually, assisting with the collection of sports equipment, books and other resources, and have raised money to install a water well at one of the newer program centers in Croix-des-Bouquets.

Our primary programs include:

  • Youth after school activity and tutoring young adults
  • Adult Education
  • Reading and literacy for youth and adults
  • Summer sports camps
  • Young adult leadership training
  • Educational scholarships (POTEKOLE)
    • What is Potekole? “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela In Haiti, only 1 in 5 children have access to public school and the literacy rate among adults is only 60%. The Y’s “Potekole” scholarship program means “bringing support” in Creole.
    • Children selected to receive a scholarship are supported by the Y to a full elementary and high school education. In return, these students attend the Y after school program for homework assistance and activities. As students reach the upper years of high school, they give back to the Y as they tutor younger students.

Your dollars in action:

  • $250 sends a child to school for one year
  • $100 keeps one child in afterschool literacy programs for a year
  • $50 sends one child to summer camp
  • $10 covers the cost of a YMCA membership for one year