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An Urban Warriors Veteran Reflects on Independence Day

Alberto Bóleres, a Purple Heart recipient and veteran outreach worker for the Y's Urban Warriors program, reflects on Independence Day

July 02, 2015

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Outside Thompson Center

CBS 2's Jim Williams and WBBM 780’s Bernie Tafoya spoke with Dawana Williamson, Senior Vice President, Youth Development, YMCA of Metro Chicago, and the Preston family about the impact of the budget cuts on children and families.

July 02, 2015

Support your YMCA. Participate in Varsity Rush!

Get ready for a great family friendly obstacle course race hosted in Naperville's beautiful Frontier Park on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8 a.m. Part of the events proceeds go to your YMCA so sign up your family today!

July 01, 2015

Enter the #ILoveMyY selfie contest to win a YMCA gym bag!

Share your selfie at the YMCA and you could win a YMCA gym bag! Take a selfie of you/your friends enjoying a workout or class at the Y and tell us why you love your Y! Enter the #ILoveMyY Selfie Contest

July 01, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago Rallies for Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

The YMCA urges supporters to join community organizations at a rally on July 1, 2015, to show legislators that CCAP and Teen REACH are crucial.

June 30, 2015

YMCA Participates in the Mayor’s Commission for a Safer Chicago

Youth Safety and Violence Prevention's Eddie Bocanegra and Y youth Ishmeel Harris and Daniel Rios represented the YMCA at the Mayor's Commission for a Safer Chicago quarterly meeting.

June 25, 2015

Fitness Resolutions Stalled? Give ‘Em a Mid-Year Jumpstart

The number one New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, but just under half of those resolvers have some success, and only 8% actually achieve their goals. According to fitness directors from the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, it’s absolutely OK to start again.

June 24, 2015

Bring your child to the Y for a free swim skills check and meet U.S. Olympic Swimmers on June 13

Bring your child to the High Ridge Y, Irving Park Y or South Side Y on June 13, 2015, for a free in-water swim test and meet an Olympic swimmer.

June 10, 2015

How the YMCA Helped Shape America

NPR highlights how the YMCA helped shape America—from launching the first basketball teams and group swim lessons in the U.S. to popularizing exercise classes and creating the oldest summer camp still in operation.

June 09, 2015

Y’s Parent Café and Leadership Program helps parents reduce their children’s exposure to trauma

At the YMCA of Metro Chicago, we recognize the dramatic impact that stress can have on our behavior as parents. The Y’s Parent Café and Leadership Program gives parents new tools for reducing their stress, improving communication in their households and supporting their children through difficult experiences.

June 08, 2015

Did you know the YMCA invented basketball?

You might think it took years to develop the game of basketball. Think again.

June 07, 2015

YMCA featured in WTTW’s “Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith”

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Izrah Hurd were interviewed for WTTW's "Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith," an hour-long documentary produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.

June 03, 2015

Strong Communities start at the Y this summer!

With the summer season comes fun ways to stay healthy, active, learning and connected as a family. From swim lessons to sports and fitness programs, personal training and more, we are committed to improving healthy living for individuals, families and communities.

June 01, 2015

Urban Warriors featured in The University of Chicago Magazine

The University of Chicago magazine interviewed Eddie Bocanegra and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon about Urban Warriors.

May 26, 2015

YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs’ Letter to the Editor in Crain’s

In this letter to the editor, YMCA of Metro Chicago and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago share how programs like Teen REACH are “must haves” for the long-term success of Illinois.

May 25, 2015

An Urban Warriors Veteran Reflects on Memorial Day

Urban Warriors veteran Alberto Bóleres shares his reflections on Memorial Day

May 25, 2015

30th Annual Tower Triathlon Raises $15,000

The 30th Annual Tower Triathlon on May 16-17 attracted 325 triathletes and raised $15,000 for the Leaning Tower Triathlon Annual Fund.

May 20, 2015

YMCA Joins National Celebration of 50 Years of Head Start

YMCA staff and children commemorated the 50th anniversary of Head Start by planting a rose bush at locations across Chicagoland.

May 18, 2015

Students Recognized for Acts of Service at We Day

Over 100 YMCA of Metro Chicago youth from the Y’s Community Schools Initiative and Teen Leaders Club at Irving Park YMCA were recognized for their acts of service at the first We Day celebration in Illinois.

May 12, 2015

Tell your state legislators to vote yes on House Bill 4141

Call your state legislators and tell them to vote yes on House Bill 4141 to support funding for Teen REACH, the Child Care Assistance Program, early intervention, supportive housing and other vital programs.

May 08, 2015

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