YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation Network

A Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation YMCA is a pioneer Y committed to creating and replicating global best practices at home and abroad. These Ys drive the U.S. Movement’s efforts to lead the expansion of opportunities for diversity and inclusion and the building of a global community in partnership with YMCA of the USA.  The YMCA of Southern Maine became the 62nd (out of approximately 2,700 in the country) designated Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation YMCA in February 2016!


​The Y is made up of people from all walks of life who are joined together by a shared commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The Diversity Wheel is a key to understanding all the dimensions of diversity. To be truly inclusive and welcoming to all, it is critical to understand the many factors that make up and influence an individual and his or her personality.



Antoinette Pezet's time in the pool is not only a fitness pursuit but also a joyous social activity. For her, the Y is truly a welcoming community. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.