Providing a safe environment for every person the YMCA of Central Florida engages, especially children, is essential to our mission and cause, our reputation, and our viability as an organization. The ways in which the Y engages people in our mission and cause, and the realities of the society in which we operate, highlight the need for enhanced safety and security measures.
The Y engages 22 million people each year, 9 million of whom are youth. One in 10 children in the U.S. will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18. In 90% of these cases, the perpetrator is known to the victim—a family member, friend, teacher, coach or another child.
To meet the promise of our mission and cause, and to continue the Y’s leadership on these important social issues, we must do everything in our power to assure the safety of everyone who enters our facilities and/or participates in our programs.
Screening members, guests and program participants against a national sex offender registry will allow us to continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for every person at the YMCA of Central Florida.