In the words of one Blue Ridge Y youth conference participant, “It’s an attitude, it’s an atmosphere that you create by being vulnerable, by being caring, genuine and respectful. By lifting up others in a world that too often only tears down. You can take what you learn from this place, you can take the Blue Ridge spirit to your community, and you can go out and affect the lives of countless others. That’s how we impact the world.”
You can impact the world, too—by joining the Blue Ridge Spirit Society. We believe that every child and teen should have the opportunity to have a Mountaintop experience – the chance to learn leadership, trust, healthy lifestyles, self-discovery, and teambuilding – regardless of their financial circumstances. Your gift to the Blue Ridge Spirit Society makes that possible.
A donation of $500 or more provides a year’s membership and creates a full scholarship for a deserving teen to attend one of the YMCA youth conferences at Blue Ridge – Blue Ridge Leaders’ School, Youth Conference on National Affairs, and the Christian Values Conference. You have the freedom to designate your gift to one of these programs, or any othe you are passionate about.
So many of our young guests tell us that visiting Blue Ridge is the best week of their lives. Not only do they enjoy the serene, picturesque setting, but more importantly they experience a week of spiritual, mental and physical growth that helps them realize their full potential. That only happens because in tandem with YMCA and community partners, we seek to create a unique space where teens can truly be themselves, forge lasting bonds with peers, and return home better prepared to be effective, values-based leaders in their homes, schools and communities.
Here’s what the impact sounds like:
“I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate the scholarship I received. I’m truly blessed to be able to attend this Leaders’ School for another year. Because of all of the support, generosity, and impact over the years I have decided to pursue the Y as a career. Thank you for all you have done for me, fellow Leaders, and the community. I will be forever grateful.” - Rachel, Leaders’ School
“YMCA CVC is my time to step away from the noise of home and enter into a time of refreshing with God. Each year I am challenged to make a change. This is a huge reason why I return to Values each year!” - Emily, Christian Values Conference
“I loved CONA, and now I really understand what the Blue Ridge spirit means to so many people, including me. CONA cannot be explained, you have to experience it!” – Caleb, National Affairs
Blue Ridge Spirit Society Membership Benefits
YMCA Blue Ridge has a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the foundations of community by serving as a platform for lifelong impact, but we need your support. Join today!