The headquarters that currently houses the Y.M.C.A was constructed in 1912. Since 1912 the building has undergone many changes; for instance, it was evident after the original construction that there was a need for more dormitory space. In 1916 an industrialist named Robert Bentley donated $60,000 for the addition of a dormitory to the original building.
The Y.M.C.A was pivotal in the foundation of many institutions that still exist today in Youngstown. The Y.M.C.A founded the Youngstown Law School in a wing of Y.M.C.A.; this eventually evolved into what today is known as Youngstown State University. Another Youngstown staple that evolved out of the Y.M.C.A was the local radio station of W.K.B.N. The station got its start in the third floor of the Y.M.C.A.