A Better Place: YMCA’s creative response to the covid pandemic

Date: 06 June 2024

In conjunction with the YMCA 180th anniversary, the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley in central New York, USA, has launched the first part of its Better Place project, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the education of young people, this initiative aims to promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. 

Central to this project is “A Better Place,” an original song written by a YMCA music teacher and spearheaded by YMCA Tri-Valley CEO Hank Leo. The song, featured in the trailer below, unites global artists in a message of hope and faith, exploring themes of fear and hope, hatred and fellowship, and ignorance and understanding.

Featuring professional musicians, guest artists, and YMCA youth groups, the song also includes backing vocals from the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.

The Better Place project extends beyond the song. It includes a behind-the-scenes documentary, a book series, learning resources, and more – all set to be released later this year.

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations in the region. It employs 260 staff and serves over 9,000 members. It also provides childcare to more than 300 children.