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At the Y, we strive to strengthen Chicago by promoting academic readiness, character development, violence prevention and fitness and healthy living. A crucial part of our mission is keeping the public up to date on our progress and letting them know how they can help.

Recent Press Releases


YMCA of Metro Chicago Receives $1.4 Million Grant from Robert R. McCormick Foundation

June 20, 2016 — YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Early Learning Program receives a $1.4 million grant from the McCormick Foundation

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New YMCA Center marks new era for staff, families and communities across Metro Chicago

March 30, 2016 — The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will celebrate the opening of the new YMCA Center, a 60,000 square-foot-facility where research meets practice, on Tuesday, April 5, at 1030 W. Van Buren Street in Chicago's bustling West Loop neighborhood. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the culmination of two years of planning and construction of a state-of-the-art facility that provides much more than the nonprofit’s new headquarters.

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YMCA of Metro Chicago Transfers Ownership of Leaning Tower Replica

November 17, 2015 — The YMCA of Metro Chicago is announcing its intent to donate the Leaning Tower replica to the Village of Niles, which has leased and maintained the building since 1995. The Village of Niles will restore the replica and pursue historical landmark designation

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The YMCA of Metro Chicago to Host 2nd Annual The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner on October 29

October 16, 2015 — The YMCA of Metro Chicago will host more than 500 supporters, donors and friends at its second annual The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner at the Four Seasons Chicago on Thursday, October 29, 2015. With a focus on early education and care and youth development, the YMCA celebrates its role in strengthening children, individuals and families at every life stage.

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Sheriff Dart and Providers Call on Springfield to End Cuts to Kids and Communities

September 03, 2015 — Sheriff Dart and providers call on Springfield to end cuts to kids and communities. After school services have shut down throughout the city and state, and working families are being denied childcare. Youth development and public safety are being harmed as a result.

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Recent News & Articles


Eddie Bocanegra speaks to WTTW Chicago Tonight about the “code of silence”

June 28, 2016

Eddie Bocanegra speaks to WTTW Chicago Tonight about the “code of silence”

WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent Brandis Friedman talked with Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the Youth Safety & Violence Prevention initiative, about the code of silence that's often pervasive on the streets of Chicago.

WCIU You & Me This Morning shares the Y’s Pool Do’s And Don’ts

June 07, 2016

WCIU You & Me This Morning shares the Y’s Pool Do’s And Don’ts

The U's Jeanne and Melissa talk pool safety with Kyle Kamman, YMCA of Metro Chicago Senior Director of Aquatics

CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood features YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors

March 13, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood features YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors

The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) Urban Warriors program was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

Vocalo’s The Barber Shop Show talks with the Y’s Story Squad about community violence

February 02, 2016

Vocalo’s The Barber Shop Show talks with the Y’s Story Squad about community violence

Story Squad participants Brian, Daniel, Jaime and Kevon joined WBEZ's Richard Steele on The Barber Shop Show to share their personal audio stories and how self-expression helps them to reconnect with their families and strengthen their communities.

NPR’s All Things Considered draws national attention to Urban Warriors

January 26, 2016

NPR’s All Things Considered draws national attention to Urban Warriors

Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered, visited the Kelly Hall YMCA to share how military veterans and Y outreach workers are building stable communities for young people in Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods through Urban Warriors.

November 09, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago applauds Governor Rauner and legislative leaders support of CCAP

Working families who rely on the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to help support and improve the quality of life for their families are well-served by the compromise reached between Governor Rauner and legislative leaders.

The Y. So Much More™ 2015 Recognition Dinner raises $1 million for children and families

November 02, 2015

The Y. So Much More™ 2015 Recognition Dinner raises $1 million for children and families

More than 450 attendees came together on Oct. 29 to support the YMCA of Metro Chicago's mission throughout our world-class city and suburbs.

Eddie Bocanegra on law enforcement and the community on “In The Loop”

September 21, 2015

Eddie Bocanegra on law enforcement and the community on “In The Loop”

Eddie Bocanegra, the executive director of the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, discussed recent police shootings in Chicago and elsewhere with three other community activists.

Urban Warriors Program on American Graduate Live National Broadcast

September 21, 2015

Urban Warriors Program on American Graduate Live National Broadcast

The YMCA of Metro Chicago's innovative violence cessation program Urban Warriors, which pairs veterans with youth, was featured on the American Graduate Day live broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 17.

“Chicago Tonight” Looks at Violence in Chicago

September 21, 2015

“Chicago Tonight” Looks at Violence in Chicago

Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the Y's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, took part in a solution-oriented panel discussion on violence in Chicago.

Eddie Bocanegra a 4-Star Chicagoan

September 21, 2015

Eddie Bocanegra a 4-Star Chicagoan

ABC7's Windy City Live spoke with YSVP Director Eddie Bocanegra about PTSD among inner-city youth for its new "4 Star Chicagoan" series.

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

September 11, 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.

For troubled youths, veterans offer shoulders to lean on

July 21, 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 14, 2015

8 Frantic Hours in Chicago on Fourth of July

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Outside Thompson Center

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.

YMCA of Metro Chicago Rallies for Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

June 30, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago Rallies for Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

The YMCA urges supporters to join community organizations at a rally on July 1, 2015, to show legislators that CCAP and Teen REACH are crucial.

How the YMCA Helped Shape America

June 09, 2015

How the YMCA Helped Shape America

NPR highlights how the YMCA helped shape America—from launching the first basketball teams and group swim lessons in the U.S. to popularizing exercise classes and creating the oldest summer camp still in operation.

YMCA featured in WTTW’s “Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith”

June 03, 2015

YMCA featured in WTTW’s “Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith”

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Izrah Hurd were interviewed for WTTW's "Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith," an hour-long documentary produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.

Urban Warriors featured in The University of Chicago Magazine

May 26, 2015

Urban Warriors featured in The University of Chicago Magazine

The University of Chicago magazine interviewed Eddie Bocanegra and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon about Urban Warriors.

May 25, 2015

YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs’ Letter to the Editor in Crain’s

In this letter to the editor, YMCA of Metro Chicago and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago share how programs like Teen REACH are “must haves” for the long-term success of Illinois.

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