Mr. Jim Dickson, Chief Executive Officer
616 Jessamine Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
YMCA Community Health and Wellness
The Y’s Community Health Program is dedicated to saving lives by helping members avoid premature death due to preventable diseases like obesity and diabetes while making access to healthcare easier for East Tennesseans through affordable membership, programs, and services. Healthy living programs fall into three categories: wellness activities, chronic disease prevention / management, and inclusive wellness for those with special needs. Above all, the Y is committed to giving everyone in our community the opportunity to pursue healthy lifestyles regardless of their age, race, religion, background, or financial status.
YMCA Community Safety and Aquatics
The Y’s Community Safety and Aquatics Program is dedicated to saving lives by preventing disease and premature death, providing affordable aquatic training and teaching certifications, as well as providing aquatic programs and services. The Community Safety and Aquatics Program saves lives by training people to respond in an emergency, develops skills for healthy living habits and an active lifestyle, and teaches life-saving skills to improve the chances of survival in an aquatic crisis. Above all, the Y is committed to giving everyone in our community the opportunity to pursue healthy lifestyles regardless of their age, race, religion, background, or financial status.
YMCA School Age Youth Development
The YMCA of East Tennessee offers high-quality after school and summer childcare for elementary school age children that focuses on academic enrichment, social-emotional skills development, nutrition and wellness, support services for disadvantaged families, and mitigation/support for children facing adverse childhoods experiences (ACEs). In addition to childcare, we also offer leadership development, services for homeschool families, safety around water instruction, and team sports, reaching children throughout Knox County. Throughout the COVID pandemic, our doors have remained open, and we have provided critical childcare, particularly for essential workers.
YMCA Teen Leadership Development
The YMCA of East Tennessee’s Teen Leadership Development Program is designed to work with teens to reach their potential. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to education and create opportunities to enhance performance for the entire family. Participants in the Teen Leadership Program perform at a higher academic level than average, graduate more often, are challenged to provide valuable volunteer leadership in the community and are great role models for their peers.
“The YMCA has been in Knoxville for over 164 years. In that time we have served the community needs, and have served the underserved populations in our community- and that continues today in everything that we do”
Jim Dickson, CEO