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Metro YMCA News

Continued learning opportunities in after school programs are essential for youth development

When the school day ends, youth need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities that positively affect their success in the classroom.

September 22, 2015

Governor Rauner’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Convenes at YSVP Headquarters

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago hosted Governor Bruce Rauner’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform at the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) headquarters in Little Village Sept. 8.

September 11, 2015

5 healthy tips for preventing childhood obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support to change their children’s habits with the ultimate goal of improving their health.

September 01, 2015

Fall I Session is underway! There is still time to register!

Fall Session I has just kicked off, but you can still register and get involved into some great classes, programs and more for the season.

August 31, 2015

NEW! Online Group Fitness Schedule!

Be sure to check out our new online group fitness schedule. Now you can find your favorite class by fitness category, class name, instructor or day of the week. Get up-to-date information including instructor substitutions, locations changes and more!

August 30, 2015

Spaces still available in our before school, after school and preschool programs—Register today!

As the school year begins, the Y provides you childcare programming options for your child or teen. We offer before school and after school care, as well as preschool programs.

August 29, 2015

Early learning programs strengthen academic readiness

The Sage YMCA preschoolers are ready for the school year!

August 27, 2015

Back 2 School Illinois donates supplies for thousands of underserved students

On behalf of our many families heading back to the classroom this fall, the YMCA of Metro Chicago thanks Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) for another successful School Supply Distribution Event and Activity Day.

August 18, 2015

Afterschool at The Y

At the Y, afterschool is more than just a time of day. It’s an opportunity to nurture children’s development so they can reach their fullest potential. Offered at nearly 2,000 YMCAs across the country, afterschool programs serve 580,000 youth each year.

August 03, 2015

You’re invited to our Back to Class Block Party!

Join us for fun family activities, learn about our programs and register for classes. Make registration super easy by enrolling in person that night. From preschool and before and after school care to all of our sports and fitness programs, we've got it all this fall.

August 01, 2015

Get Back to Class: Fall Registration is underway

Classes are in session at the Y this Fall! From programs for kids after school to classes to keep you motivated through the Fall, the Y’s got you covered! Member registration begins August 3. Non-member registration begins August 17. Click here to Register Online!

August 01, 2015

Mission in Action: Keeping Youth Safe

Growing up is hard for everyone, but when youth lack access to safe spaces to spend their free time or take refuge from the challenges in their lives, it can be even more difficult for them to build the self-confidence, knowledge and relationships they need to realize their fullest potential and grow into thriving members of the community.

August 01, 2015

Coaching Youth, Transforming Lives

Participating in youth sports at the Y can transform lives—both for youth participants and for coaches. Y volunteers who give their time and talents as youth sports coaches are in a position to help young athletes develop relationships and a sense of achievement and belonging, making a positive impact in their lives for years to come.

August 01, 2015

YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Leadership Advocates for Youth in Washington D.C.

The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) leadership advocated for programs that support “no entry” for youth into the criminal justice system on Capitol Hill and the White House earlier this week.

July 25, 2015

For troubled youths, veterans offer shoulders to lean on

On Saturday, July 18, more than 100 YMCA supporters gathered at La Villita Community Church to celebrate 29 youth and 10 veterans at the Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony.

July 21, 2015

8 Frantic Hours in Chicago on Fourth of July

July 14, 2015

7 Ways Families Can Work Out Together this Summer

With school out, parents can lure kids off couches and into fun activities with a little planning, according to fitness experts from the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

July 07, 2015

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

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