What do Northeastern University, student handbooks, and tuition support for veterans have in common? They were innovations of the Young Men’s Christian Association. From the 1860s through the 1940s, the YMCA developed evening schools in subjects ranging from law to auto mechanics. The “Y” also spearheaded the creation of campus student orientation and leadership programs and developed veteran scholarship programs after World War I. This course will examine the impact of these little-known endeavors on 19th and 20th century America, as the "Y" fostered social mobility and provided leadership in education, business, and government.