Kelly Hall YMCA


We're a community dedicated to youth and families.

As a nonprofit organization committed to academic readiness, character development, youth safety and violence prevention and fitness and healthy living, the Kelly Hall YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive since 2009.

Between the after school programs which keep children and youth safely off the streets, the hot nutritious meals enjoyed by all and activities like magazine publishing that teach real life job skills, the Kelly Hall 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. Kelly Hall YMCA proudly serves the community of West Humboldt Park where today for more than 1,700 program participants make the Kelly Hall YMCA their second home. Kelly Hall provides local children and families 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.

Kelly Hall Needs Your Help Now More Than Ever
On April 3, 2015 the Illinois Department of Human Services unexpectedly suspended funds for Teen REACH programs across Illinois. Due to these cuts the YMCA of Metro Chicago has been forced to shut down its Teen REACH programs at Ys in the Logan Square, Little Village and West Humboldt Park neighborhoods. Kelly Hall YMCA, located in the West Huimboldt Park neighborhood, was hit the hardest by these cuts as a large portion of its staff are funded by Teen REACH dollars requiring the Center to look at drastically cutting back its program offerings and hours of operation unless alternative funding can be identified. Help us raise funds to restore these positions and keep Kelly Hall operating at it current level. The lives of many at-rish youth and their families depends on it.

Donate today.
We need to raise $150,000 to continue to serve our youth and teens at current levels through June 30, 2016. Contact Ken Maddox, Senior Program Director at 773.886.1220 or to learn how or attend our annual fundraiser Saturday, April 25 to show your support.

Details about the fundraiser provided below.


Life Enhancing Programs A Revitalized Facility
  • Youth sports
  • Day camp
  • Youth development programs
  • Family nights
  • Computer classes
  • Parenting and health workshops
  • Senior activities
  • Gymnasium
  • Fitness center
  • Technology center
  • Food pantry
  • Youth/teen lounge
  • Community room
  • Mentoring



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.

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YMCA Youth Testifies in Support of Teen REACH Funding

Kelly Hall YMCA program member, Dayshawn Hunt, age 13, testified April 1 at the Appropriations Human Services Committee Hearing in support of continued funding for the Teen REACH program.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. 

Join us for a fabulous evening of dancing, dining, bidding and fun at Kelly Hall YMCA 4th Annual Silent Auction & Dance.

All proceeds will benefit Kelly Hall YMCA kids and their families. Now more than ever we need your help! Due to recent state budget cuts a large portion of our staff have been cut causing us to look at drastically cut back on vital programming like Teen REACH on May 1. Support Kelly Hall YMCA. Support our youth and families.

Advance Ticket: $25
Door: $35


Can't attend the event, donations welcome. Select "Kelly Hall Annual Fund."

Please show your support of the YMCA by donating new merchandise, gift certificates or by participating as a sponsor.

For more information, please contact Ken Maddox, Senior Program Director at 773.886.1220 or

Dress Code: Please, No Jeans. Gym Shoes, T-Shirts or Leggings. You must be 21 years of age to attend.


Kelly Hall’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 25, 2015
Aims to Help Kids Stay Active and Keep Learning

Saturday, April 25, 2015 , 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative that aims to get more children moving and learning so they can keep up the habit all summer long—a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles or gaps related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play and health, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more by providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships. This year, nearly 1,300 Ys across the country will celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Here is just a sample of some of the exciting activities we have planned:

  • YMCA of Metro Chicago Jumping Jack Challenge – all YMCA of Metro Chicago centers will work together to reach their goal of completing a collective 500,000 jumping jacks at their Healthy Kids Day® events.
  • Family Group Fitness Classes—Bring the whole family to participate in Hip-Hop, Aerobics, Fitness classes & challenges especially designed for members of the whole family.
  • Summer Day Camp display and activites—Our day camp program has been given a face lift this year! This summer we will focus on taking a holistic approach to your campers experience. Camps will be seperated into age appropriate groups and include a variety of activities every week inlcuding games, songs, arts and crafts, team building, fitness and nutrition, sports, character development, fine arts, reading, science and field trips! We are looking forward to a great summer!
  • Summer Reading Program Kick Off —Many of our Ys are partnering with their community’s local libraries to incentivize kids to read over the summer. All of our summer camps will be incorporating this reading initiative into their summer programming.
  • Healthy Recipe Share—we are launching a new widget on our Kelly Hall YMCA Facebook or website for members and friends of the Y to submit and share your healthy, family-friendly recipes with the Y community!
  • And so much more!

"At the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day events, we will focus on health and education-related activities to ensure participants learn about nutrition, exercise and other preventable health diseases. Our health focus, combined with fun learning activities, will ensure that fewer children are at risk for childhood obesity or diabetes and be successful in school. It's never too early to help children learn about healthy living," said Richard Malone, President and CEO, YMCA of Metro Chicago.  “Research shows that during the summer, children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind academically than during the school year.  Healthy Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning--it's a kickoff to help families get a jump start on creating a healthier summer for their children.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • Try, try, repeat: There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
  • Play around town: Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path.
  • Families at play for an hour a day: From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
  • Foster a passion for reading: Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Make sleep a priority: Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions.


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