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Byrd's Eye View: In Trying Times, We Can Rely on Us

David Byrd
November 30, 2017

Dear Friends, 

One of the many reasons I’m passionate about the Y and feel called to serve here is that the Y connects so many different members of our community together. Regardless of where people grew up or what they are doing today, just about everyone has a “Y story.” 

At the Y, we understand that these stories are rooted in our communities, and our mission is to bring “us” together, to make “us” better as individuals, as communities and ultimately as a nation.

It often feels like we live in a time that defines us by our differences; but the ties that bind us together—while frayed—are not broken. Our community is more diverse than you might think—whether it be age, gender, race, religion, ability or something else—and many of us have different backgrounds and experiences that help form our worldview. 

Understanding different points and experiences helps make us all stronger. We need this diversity because, as I like to say, if everybody is thinking the same way, there’s not much thinking going on.

Our goal, along with Ys across the United States, is to show our communities the power of “Us.” To help better communicate the Y’s impact I invite all of you to view the very powerful short film entitled “Us” that was created by YMCA of the USA.

Our hope is to not only educate the public about the role the Y plays in strengthening communities, but also reinforce the positive, collective change we can make when we put aside our differences and work together for the greater good.

Regardless of where or how you’re involved, I challenge you to find something you care about and make it better. If you want to start your own Y story, or continue to grow and evolve your existing Y experience, explore other areas of our website to learn about programs and membership. Or support our work and the community when you give or volunteer.


David Byrd
President and CEO
YMCA of Greater Kansas City