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5 Healthy Living Tips for the Entire Family

During National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, focus on working together as a family to break unhealthy habits and make new, healthier ones.

September 01, 2017

A Back-to-School Checklist for Families

The end of summer can be stressful for parents, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 7 tips for an easier transition.

August 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Programs Are Now Open for Registration!

Fall 1 programs begin Tuesday, September 5. Register today!

August 21, 2017

How to Enjoy the Solar Eclipse Safely with Your Family

Where to get free eclipse glasses and how to watch the event safely from Chicago.

August 17, 2017

Urban Warriors Veteran and Youth Featured in Viral Facebook Video

These veterans are mentoring young people in Chicago to help them cope with neighborhood violence. (NowThis)

August 08, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Visits the South Side YMCA

Senator Dick Durbin visited Early Education & Care and Day Camp programs and read from the book ?Fix it!? by Head Start student Dikota Powell.

August 08, 2017

8 Ways for Families to Have Fun in Chicago This August

Check out what fun events and activities are happening this month in the city!

August 01, 2017

How Enrolling Your Child In Sports Can Help Boost Grades in School

Research shows that students involved in certain types physical activities perform better in the classroom.

July 27, 2017

Join Us at a Family Resource Fair at Dr. Effie O. Ellis YMCA Head Start

Come and see what the different vendors have to offer and take advantage of the different activities, giveaways and more.

July 27, 2017

YMCA Breaks Ground on McCormick YMCA Expansion

The McCormick YMCA expansion broke ground Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The facility will accommodate the community with much-needed pools and swimming lessons. (DNAInfo, Chicago Tribune)

July 26, 2017

What Parents Need to Know About Sending Their Children to Camp for the First Time

Camp is a special time for children of all ages but can be stressful for parents who aren't used to the separation. Here's some advice from experts on how to overcome the worry.

July 25, 2017

Helping Young People Develop Their Own Voices

Lesle Honore, Director of Youth Enrichment at Rauner Family YMCA inspires children through creative projects. (New York Times)

July 24, 2017

How to Keep Your Family Safe Online

A few tips to ensure your children are safe while communicating and playing online.

July 21, 2017

Stay Cool and Healthy This Summer With These 7 Essential Tips

Summer temperatures in Chicago can easily reach the 90s and 100s, leading to plenty of fun in the sun, but also dangerous situations as well. Be prepared this year with these tips from the CDC.

July 13, 2017

Graduates, Here’s What You Need to Know About Preparing For College This Summer

Get ready for the fall semester with these easy and intentional tips!

July 11, 2017

Hands-on Cooking Program Makes a Difference for Children This Summer

McCormick YMCA of Metro Chicago makes a community garden available to low income children and families. (NBC Chicago)

July 06, 2017

6 Ways to Help Your YMCA This Summer

Volunteer, share your story, or consider these other ways to support the Y.

June 28, 2017

Keep Your Child Entertained On the Road With These 11 Activities

Whether you?re taking a plane, a train or a bus, here are a few fun and safe activities that will keep children engaged for hours.

June 28, 2017

2017 Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony Celebrates Another Successful Class of Youth and Veterans

The Urban Warriors recognition ceremony on Saturday, June 17, 2017 included a success story speech by Army veteran Kishauna Hampton and a farewell message by keynote speaker Eddie Bocanegra.

June 21, 2017

Missing out on Swim Lessons as Kids, These Adults Are Diving In

Adults prepare for the swim season at the South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago by taking adult swim lessons. (Chicago Tribune)

June 20, 2017

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