Elizabeth, NJ, June 25, 2019 — The Gateway Family YMCA has been recognized for their commitment to diversity, inclusion and global initiatives by the YMCA of the USA and has been awarded the title of the 82nd Diversity, Inclusion and Global (DIG) Innovation Network YMCA for their dedication and commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion practices. The Gateway Family YMCA is the third YMCA in the state of New Jersey to achieve this honor.

“The Y is a positive force in this community. We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to diversity and this very important work,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO. “We understand and celebrate the fact that our local communities are richly diverse. It is our goal to build bridges between diverse communities, and work towards creating greater equity for all.”

A DIG Innovation YMCA is a pioneer Y dedicated to creating, strengthening and replicating innovative diversity, inclusion and global services, partnerships and best practices at home and abroad that foster greater community cohesion and social equity for all. DIG Innovation Ys drive and showcase the U.S. YMCA movement’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion and build global community in partnership with YMCA of the USA and other local YMCAs.

“We are pleased that your YMCA will take active leadership in our shared work to ensure access, engagement and inclusion for all as articulated in our collective cause-driven organizational behaviors,” stated Thomas Valentine, Vice President, International Group, YMCA of the USA. “The DIG network is a catalyst for innovation towards elevating social inclusion, cultural competence and global responsibility a business imperative.”

The Diversity, Inclusion and Global (DIG) Innovation Network consists of YMCAs that have made an organizational commitment to integrate diversity, inclusion, and global strategies across key operational and programmatic areas to strengthen their capacity to serve diverse and underserved populations, foster community cohesion, and address social equity and inclusion issues.

“Our YMCA is committed to continue to implement innovative programs that advance anti-bias, global education and cross-cultural learning for youth and meet the needs of our diverse communities,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA.

The Gateway Family YMCA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. Since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA has served the communities surrounding Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County in New Jersey.

To learn more about The Gateway Family YMCA visit www.tgfymca.org

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