Open Y Distribution Documentation

The Open Y platform is a content management system that uses Drupal 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 YMCA of the North ( former Greater Twin Cities ), Greater Seattle and Greater Houston:

  • Pays for expenses associated with managing Open Y
  • Maintains the Open Y content management system
  • 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
  • Offers training for Open Y Specialists—digital partners that are very familiar with the platform
  • Offers certification for Open Y Integrators—digital partners that can install and work directly on the codebase
  • Distributes communication about Open Y
  • Organizes events for the Open Y community—including an annual meeting each June

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.


For more details please visit

Contribution Guidelines

How to contribute to the docs

User Documentation

Everything you’ve wanted to know about using Open Y.

Content Structure



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