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At the heart of the High Ridge YMCA is the power to transform—both yourself and the world around you.


A CLOSER LOOK

A few years ago, teen volunteer Hannah approached the High Ridge YMCA to make her case for a teen basketball league. She argued that when the Y’s gym isn’t open for basketball, teens are on the street and more susceptible to becoming involved in criminal activity. The Y agreed with Hannah and decided to create a teen basketball league to keep these kids in the gym safe, engaged and having fun.

Today, more than 50 teens gather in the High Ridge YMCA gym every Saturday to play hoops under the guidance of volunteer coaches and mentors. Many can’t afford to join the recreational leagues that are offered in the surrounding neighborhoods, so they are grateful for the low-cost and high quality opportunity the Y offers. Families and friends fill the gymnasium to watch their favorite players compete in a safe and structured environment. Hannah continues to volunteer her time with High Ridge YMCA and now helps administer the league, where every Saturday she can see her dream of a fun and safe alternative for teens come to fruition.

Make a Gift. Change a Life.

To learn more, call the High Ridge YMCA
at 773.262.8300 or make your gift today.

Executive Director

Jacqueline Keane
jekeane@ymcachicago.org
773.262.8300


2,025 Y Members

$114,724 in annual community support

Serving our community for 61 years

More than 22 volunteers

THE HIGH RIDGE YMCA

As a nonprofit organization committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the High Ridge YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for more than 61 years.

Between the splash of a swim lesson, the smile that says “you’re welcome” and the hum of members exercising, the High Ridge YMCA strengthens bodies, minds and communities. Where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, program participants and staff to make a difference.

The High Ridge YMCA serves the diverse communities of Rogers Park and West Ridge. For more than 2,025 members, 22 volunteers and 3,300 program participants, the High Ridge YMCA is a destination where local children and families have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, and where people of all ages, interests and abilities can build and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

THE Y MEETS COMMUNITY NEEDS

At the Y, we strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility because we believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being and giving back and providing support for our neighbors. From fitness to wellness to community service, everything we do at the Y is an exercise in possibility.

How We Do It
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That's because, in neighborhoods across Chicagoland, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.
•The Y is community centered. For more than 150 years, we've been listening and responding to our communities.
• The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
•The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
•The Y mobilizes local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
Our Impact
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

How We Do It

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That's because, in neighborhoods across Chicagoland, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.

Our Impact

The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.