Skidmore College has undergone many transformations since its founding in the early twentieth century as a women's college. The Young Women's Industrial Club was formed in 1903 by Lucy Ann Skidmore (1853–1931) with inheritance money from her husband who died in 1879, and from her father, Joseph Russell Skidmore (1821–1882), a former coal merchant. In 1911, the club was chartered under the name "Skidmore School of Arts" as a college to vocationally and professionally train young women. It "prepares illustrators, designers, dieticians, accountants, secretaries and costumers.
TO PUT CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE THROUGH PROGRAMS THAT BUILD HEALTHY SPIRIT, MIND AND BODY FOR ALL. THE YMCA IS ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADING NON-PROFITS, STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIVING, AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. WE NURTURE THE POTENTIAL IN EVERY CHILD, AND WORK TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR MEMBERS. THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS FACING FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS WERE WELCOMED TO THE Y AND RECEIVED ASSISTANCE FROM OUR MORE THAN 3,500 DEDICATED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS. WE SERVE THOSE IN ALBANY, BETHLEHEM, AT CAMP CHINGACHGOOK ON LAKE GEORGE, GLENVILLE, EAST GREENBUSH, GREENE COUNTY, GUILDERLAND, IN SCHENECTADY AT OUR ADULT MEN'S RESIDENCE AND AT OUR BRANCH, IN SCOTIA, IN CLIFTON PARK AT OUR BRANCH AND AT OUR EARLY LEARNING CENTER, IN TROY AND DUANESBURG AT OUR BRANCH AND EARLY LEARNING CENTER.