Aiming for academic, social, economic, and physical health

Achieve academically
Inspire to attend college
Move toward personal, family and community advancement


The YMCA of Greater Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, Big Y Foods, and other local business partners have come together to transform the lives of our youth in response to the drop-out rate, poor attendance, and low advancement rates of students in the Greater Springfield area.

Y-AIM provides talented and underachieving at-risk youth who are entering middle school with a solid support system through middle and high school. This support system serves as a means to ensure graduation from high school, pursuit of higher education, and access to gainful employment in the global marketplace.


The Y-AIM program currently operates at:

  • The High School of Science and Technology
  • The High School Commerce
  • Springfield High School
  • Springfield Central High School
  • Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
  • Conservatory of the Art High
  • Kiley, Kennedy, Chestnut, Conservatory of the Art Middle, South End and Duggan Academy Middle Schools

We serve more than 350 students at our sites. Schools are each served by a Y-AIM Youth Advocate that works with students during school hours, focused on their individual academic, behavioral, and attendance needs. The advocate also regularly communicates with guidance, teachers and parent/guardians to provide consistent and effective supports. Monthly meetings and bi-weekly reports also contribute to the “student plan” provided by our advocates. We combine these efforts by providing quality after school time care.

Y-AIM Brochure


One-on-one mentoring
Academic tutoring
College exploration and tours
Workforce readiness skills
Job explorations and placement
Life skills workshops
Goal setting
Financial literacy
Conflict resolution


Work Study
Leader’s Club
Youth & Government
Music/video production
Technology and social network
Giving back
Community service and volunteerism


Springfield Y Outreach Center 33 Oak Street, Springfield

Sullivan Outreach Center 160 Nursery Street, Springfield*

North End Outreach Center 1772 Dwight Street, Springfield

Birch Park Outreach Center 144 Birch Park Circle, West Springfield


Y-AIM Donor recognition Event – 2018



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Strengthening CommUNITY

Since 1852, the YMCA of Greater Springfield has been a way of life for thousands of youth, teens, families and seniors throughout our region. As one association, we are working together to meet the growing needs of the 14 cities and towns that we serve. Help us provide opportunities for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility to more members of our community by making a donation to our Annual Support Campaign.