Who are we?
What is the Progressive Movement? We are people that believe in protecting social welfare, promoting moral improvement, creating economic reform, fostering efficiency. We developed the first YMCA and libraries that anyone could visit to promote social welfare. We also tried to get Prohibition passed in a federal court. Read more to learn about our movement and what we stand for!
Establishing the YMCA
Information About Us
One of our goals was to promote social welfare and keep people healthy. To achieve this goal, we developed the YMCA. The first YMCA was conceived with a more religious approach in mind, but over time it has evolved into a more recreational and athletic venue for the youth of communities to exercise and enjoy themselves. Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in a YMCA. Now, the YMCA is a non-profit organization that gains most of its money from donations. Until the 1950's, you could even live in a YMCA in one of its hotel rooms.