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YMCA in the Chicago Tribune: Philanthropy Not Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Richard Malone, President and CEO, and Dayshawn Hunt, Teen REACH participant, about the impact of state funding cuts on children and families that rely on essential programs provided by the YMCA.

May 06, 2015

Kiwanis Builds Playground at Camp Independence for Children with Spina Bifida

YMCA Camp Independence and Kiwanis celebrated the new “Gift of Play,” playground built by the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International. Governor Rauner proclaimed May 2 as "Kiwanis Day" in honor of this generous gift and Kiwanis' centennial anniversary.

May 05, 2015

Member Essay: Lauri hopes to inspire other busy moms

YMax Training helped me achieve better results than I ever would have on my own. It was a good investment in my health. I hope I can be in inspiration to other moms who might not having enough time to focus on themselves.

May 05, 2015

Kiwanis Club donates ‘Gift of Play’ to YMCA Camp Independence

YMCA Camp Independence and Kiwanis celebrated the new “Gift of Play,” playground built by the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International. Governor Rauner proclaimed May 2 as "Kiwanis Day" in honor of this generous gift and Kiwanis' centennial anniversary.

May 04, 2015

Water safety awareness month at the Y: Try a FREE swim lesson

May is an opportune time to focus on water safety awareness as families prepare for the summer months by the pool. Join us for a FREE swim lesson at the Y this month and save $10 on a summer swim lesson if you register that day.

May 04, 2015

Benefits of Working Out with a Friend

Working out can become a routine that many of us can get tired of pretty quickly if we don’t have the right motivation. Going to fitness classes, hitting the trail or treadmill, and other methods can be mundane without a workout buddy.

May 01, 2015

Ribbon Cutting for Playground at Camp Independence on May 2, Declared “Kiwanis Day” by Gov. Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner has declared May 2 as Kiwanis Day in Illinois in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of Kiwanis International and the new playground at the YMCA Camp Independence, which is being built by the Illinois-Eastern Iowa (I-I) District of Kiwanis.

April 28, 2015

CEO, Richard Malone, shares one youth’s compelling story to re-instate Teen REACH state funding now

Our communities look to the Governor and Illinois General Assembly to reinstate critical dollars in the 2016 state budget for Teen REACH and the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). We call on all Illinoisans to appeal to their legislators to fully fund these vital programs. If they do not, the long-term cost will be much higher.

April 22, 2015

Our Kids Need Your Help! Tell Your Legislators to Fully Fund the Child Care Assistance Program

The Governor's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal for Child Care Assistance could negatively impact as many as 1,131 young people. Our families need you to call or write your legislator and tell them to fully fund the program in next year's budget.

April 21, 2015

YMCA youth and staff rally to urge Governor Rauner to restore Teen REACH funding

On April 8, YMCA of Metro Chicago youth and staff attended a rally at the James R. Thompson Center to urge Governor Bruce Rauner to restore Teen REACH funding.

April 09, 2015

YMCA Youth Testifies in Support of Teen REACH Funding

Dayshawn Hunt, age 13, testified today at the Appropriations Human Services Committee Hearing in support of continued funding for the Teen REACH program.

April 01, 2015

CATCH programming improves the health and wellness of children in the Y’s after school programs

The YMCA has implemented the CATCH program to combat obesity and improve children’s health. The program was made possible through generous support from Hillshire Brands Foundation and JR Albert Foundation.

April 01, 2015

Physical Activity Benefits Children’s Cognitive Development

A growing body of research shows that physical activity supports cognitive development in children.

March 27, 2015

Recent Grants Help Create Healthier Communities

The McCormick Tribune YMCA recently received grants from Hillshire Brands Foundation (now Tyson Foods) and Archer Daniels Midland to support the Active Green Space program.

March 27, 2015

Story Squad Empowers Youth to Share Experiences with Community Violence

Story Squad is a new audio storytelling program of the South Chicago YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention that empowers youth to channel their experiences through personal audio stories.

March 26, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago Recognizes Youth Violence Prevention Week March 23-27, 2015

All week we will be sharing a series of video and audio diaries to provide an inside look and greater awareness of what youth in our program, and the communities they represent, experience every day and how steps are being taken to heal and make positive change.

March 23, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Featured on Chicago Tonight (3/18)

WTTW-TV featured Urban Warriors, a program of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, on its broadcast of “Chicago Tonight.”

March 18, 2015

“Sunday Funday” hosted by the Associate Board raises money for the YMCA

The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Associate Board hosted the first “Sunday Funday” fundraiser on March 8.

March 13, 2015

Basketball Tournament to Recruit Veterans Featured on Extra News

The YMCA teams up with Chicago Veterans to host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to help recruit veterans for the Y's Urban Warriors program.

March 12, 2015

Veterans to Scrimmage in 3-on-3 Basketball Event

The YMCA of Metro Chicago invites veterans to a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on March 14, to learn about Urban Warriors, an innovative program of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative.

March 11, 2015

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