For a Better Us

The YMCA exists to strengthen the foundations of our community through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Teaching kids new skills that build self-confidence, character values, and leadership create future leaders.  Helping our community lead healthy lifestyles enhances wellbeing for all. We connect older adults to an active support network.

We stand by volunteerism as a way to give back to the Abilene community. People engage with the Y on one level, but they soon find a deeper meaning to their activities and a connection to those around them. Here is an example of a YMCA program helping to strengthen the Abilene area:

Project Phoenix

The YMCA of Abilene offers a vital program titled Project Phoenix, formally known as ISP. This Y program is a 5-phase mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 7 through 17.  The program operates during high-risk hours and is a behavior modification program partially funded by the Taylor County Probation Office (Juvenile Probation Office), City of Abilene, & Abilene United Way. The program is free of charge to YMCA members and to their families.

Project Phoenix program is designed to teach accountability. It provides meaningful rewards and most importantly, it helps children learn appropriate behaviors.  Our program is based on close monitoring and mentoring of the participants and working with their family. One-on-one and group meetings are conducted with a licensed therapist and include anger management training. This Y program implements a sense of community through service projects with a focus on helping others. Last, it teaches youth to look independently for referrals of future services they may need in the community.


Contact the YMCA of Abilene Family Center for questions, (325)695-3400.

Mail to:

YMCA of Abilene Project Phoenix: Shelly Garza

3125 South 32nd Street

Abilene, Tx 79605