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The Y is a staple in downtown Plattsburgh.

Impacting the community since 1887.

The first location of the Plattsburgh YMCA was the top floor of the D&H terminal starting in 1887. The next location of was above Tierney’s Variety Store which burned down in 1902. In 1908, Loyal Smith left the YMCA $35,000 for a new building and $100,000 to keep it running. The new building was built on Oak Street where it stands today. Many changes and additions have been made to the Plattsburgh YMCA, but our rich history is evident throughout our bustling hallways. Our pool was built in 1960 and an addition was added to make our current lobby, office, teen center and babysitting areas. The Malone branch of our YMCA started 2004 through community partnership. Bright Beginnings Child Care Center was acquired from the Plattsburgh Air Force base when they closed in 1995 and currently serves approximately 65 children per month from 6 weeks to 4 years old.  

Our Mission: To strengthen our community through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Our Desired Impact:  People feel hopeful, are healthier, and work together to create a positive and safe community. Families feel more secure and connected. Children are confident and have the skills they need to thrive.

We serve: The Plattsburgh/Malone YMCA is for ALL. We serve youth, adults, families from 6 weeks and up- our oldest member is 96 yrs old.

Our service area: Clinton, Franklyn and Essex Counties. 80% of our members are within 12 minutes of our locations. But we are truly a North County 

Our programs/services: Child care services are a major focus of our Y. Over 600 children in daily after school, and child care programs. Over 350 children in our swimming program. Over 500 children attend our summer programs. Over 400 children participate in Youth Sports. Over 1400 members served. Over 50 group exercise classes per week. Over 400 active older adults participate in various classes