About Open Y

The Open Y platform is a content management system that uses Drupal 8 functionality and useful modules from YMCAs and digital partners. It’s easy and free to use—everyone is welcome to implement Open Y and run Open Y projects.

In 2016 a group of YMCA digital, marketing, and technology experts recognized the digital opportunities that exist if we work together as a community and established Open Y.

A core team led by a small group of YMCAs including the Greater Twin Cities, Greater Seattle and Greater Houston:

  • Maintains the Open Y content management system and OpenYMCA.org site
  • Ensures all basic functionality accessible from the content management system is available free of charge—those who contribute cannot charge others for what is shared
  • Strives to be aware of issues found within the Open Y content management system
  • Is not liable for bugs, crashes or performance issues of the content management system
  • Invites and approves digital partners to join
  • Distributes communication about Open Y
  • Organizes events for the Open Y community—including 2 annual meetings

 

Open Y is similar to the Thunder Coalition for the publishing industry, which has generously agreed to share some of the same concepts and content that you see used on this site.