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The mission of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community by offering high quality, diverse, responsive and innovative programs and services. Our programs aim to improve the quality of life and develop the economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and their parents. The four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are at the heart of the YMCA’s mission and are incorporated into all programs. Learn more about the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA and how to become a member.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  9:00am–10:00pm
Saturday:             10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday:               Closed  (Rental Only)


Address & Phone:

790 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
P 203.576.7430
F 203.576.7440
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Strength For Life

Acquire the skills and techniques of Master Black Belt John Gomez. Learn the movements and philosophy of the Olympic Sport Tae Kwon Do and improve your inner strength and spirit. Have fun while you increase your flexibility, balance, and focus. Join us for beginner and intermediate Tae Kwon Do.

WHO:  Boys and Girls Ages 7-18

WHERE:  Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA

WHEN:  Monday-Friday 6:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M. March 30 – May 22

FEE:  $25 Per Participant

Please feel free to register online at or come into the office. Registration is open to all members of the community.

CONTACT:  Dominique Riley, Administrative Secretary P 203 576 7430 E

The Y Is All About More


The more support, guidance and opportunities we give kids, the more amazing qualities they’ll get out.  The more they get out, the more they can achieve growing up. That’s why we provide kids a healthy, caring environment of fun, learning and belonging to help them reach their fullest potential. 

And that’s why we celebrate Healthy Kids Day, our biggest day of the year devoted to kids and MORE!

Our Healthy Kids Day program will include: Capoeira, Fruta Juice Bar Demo, Bridgeport Hospital Respiratory Therapist, American Medical Response, Local Health and Wellness Professionals, Healthy Snacks, Games, Raffles and Prizes!

Join us on Saturday, April 25 10am – 1pm


Prevention. Lifestyle. Support.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.  Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60. Click Here to find out if you qualify and for more information about classes.


Youth Basketball Skill Academy

Join former College Basketball Star, Mr. Andre Bagot, who is extremely skilled in every phase of basketball fundamentals and techniques.

Who:  Boys & Girls ages 6-18

When:  Monday-Thursday 6:00 – 7:30 pm Saturday 10:30-12:30 am

Fee:  $25.00 per child

Harding Resource Center

The Harding Resource Center is a collaborative effort between the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA, Warren Harding High School and the City of Bridgeport Board of Education. Our mission is to offer quality, educational, and interactive after school programming for the Warren Harding High School student body. Clubs are held in the fall, winter and spring sessions in addition to year-long clubs.

Learn Grow Thrive

Join the RTCC Y Young Women’s Society!

The YMCA Young Women’s Society offers young women an opportunity to further develop their personal, professional and civic lives.

Who:  Young Women Ages 12 – 19

When:  Wednesdays at 4:00

Where:  RTCC YMCA Teen Room

More Information:  RTCC Young Womens Society

Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities

Ages: 4 – 12


Dancing is important to children of all ages, whether it is for exercise or just for fun and entertainment.  Dancing can be a tool in which a child can express one’s self and plays a key role in their growth and development.

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts can be a fun way to encourage creativity in children and help them focus their minds on completing a set task.  For older children Arts & Crafts is a way to gain a better understanding of artistic and design skills that could help in their futures.

Music Lessons

Music has been a part of youth education for a long time. Music lessons aid in the enhancement of a child’s spatial reasoning and creative thought and is essential to their success in math and science.

After School Program

After School Program

The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and serves at-risk youth in grades K-8. Our program provides a safe haven and opportunities to the youth in the East End of Bridgeport. Each child is assisted in completing schoolwork or assigned worksheets, receives a healthy snack and participates in a rotating schedule of activities that includes dance, performing arts, arts and crafts, and sports rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner. Programs run throughout the school year.