For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility

History of the Y Logo

YMCA - 1881

1881 – The Ninth Conference in London approves the first Y logo, which highlights Y values by featuring a reference to John 17:21: "That they may all be we are one."

YMCA - 1891

1891 – Luther H. Gulick, M.D., proposes a red triangle as the Y symbol. The equal sides of the triangle stand for "man's essential unity, body, mind and spirit, each being a necessary and eternal part of man, he being neither one alone..."

YMCA - 1895

1895 – The annual convention of the U.S. and Canadian Ys authorizes adding the triangle to the old World Alliance insignia.

YMCA - 1896

1896 – The logo is simplified and a second ring is added. It is said the second ring represents friendship and love without end among individuals. This remains the Y's official emblem.

YMCA - 1897

1897 – The everyday logo from 1897 to 1967 is the red triangle.

YMCA - 1967

1967 – The Y creates and trademarks the logo with the triangle and bent bar.



Inside our New Logo

The Y's new visual system reflects our true identity: a caring, people-oriented organization that is devoted to the cause of strengthening communities. Our refreshed logo, for instance, is bold, active and welcoming, suggesting our determined commitment to social progress. Plus, the many colors reflect the vibrancy and diversity of our communities and activities.