CEO: In Trying Times, We Can Rely on Us

Oct 3, 2017, 12:19 PM by Chris Coker

It often feels like we live in a time that defines us by our differences. However, 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. What we don’t realize (or we sometimes forget) is that understanding different points and experiences helps make us all stronger. 

“Us” is the national embodiment of what we’ve always done at the YMCA. 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 we’ve created a short film entitled “Us.” Please press the full screen option.


Our hope is that “Us” not only educates people about the role the Y plays in strengthening communities, but also reinforces the positive, collective change we can make happen when we put aside our differences and work together for the greater good.  

Regardless of where or how you’re involved, I challenge all members of our community 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, visit to find out how you can give back through the Y.


Thank You, 
Chris Coker 
CEO/ President of YMCA of Boulder Valley