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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 to recognize veteran mentors and graduates of the Urban Warriors program

December 08, 2016 — On Saturday, December 10, the YMCA of Metro Chicago will hold a recognition ceremony for graduates of its Urban Warriors youth mentoring program. The 46 youth are being recognized for completing a 16-week structured curriculum in partnership with military veterans who have served as their mentors throughout the process.

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YMCA to host more than 400 supporters at 3rd Annual The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner

October 03, 2016 — The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s 2016 Recognition Dinner on October 27 will highlight the programs supporting the Y’s mission to develop strong children, families and healthy communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.

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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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Recent News & Articles


Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

March 20, 2017

Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation to Address Childhood Trauma

New Legislation, introduced Monday, March 20, 2017 by Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis, could provide children access to mental health care. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ABC7 Spotlights Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention  Program

January 30, 2017

ABC7 Spotlights Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

Eddie Bocanegra and Grant Buhr speak with Judy Hsu on Newsviews about the Y's evidence-based violence prevention programs (ABC7)

Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

December 31, 2016

Healing is Prevention: New Bill to Address Child Trauma, Reduce Violence and Poverty

Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis unveiled the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Chicago Defender)

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

December 20, 2016

Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

MacArthur Foundation invests $11 Million in Chicago youth, social progress and economic development groups, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (DNAInfo Chicago)

Elmhurst Y Hockey Keeps Youth Active and Safe in Frigid Weather

December 19, 2016

Elmhurst Y Hockey Keeps Youth Active and Safe in Frigid Weather

NBC-5 Chicago goes rinkside to learn how the Elmhurst Y's youth hockey players keep skating during cold weather. (NBC5 Chicago)

Largest Urban Warriors Cohort to Date Recognized with Graduation Ceremony

December 13, 2016

Largest Urban Warriors Cohort to Date Recognized with Graduation Ceremony

Saturday's ceremony celebrated the completion of the 16-week Urban Warriors mentorship program, where post 9/11 military vets are paired with gang-exposed youth. (WGN-TV)

Grateful for Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Buehler YMCA

November 28, 2016

Grateful for Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Buehler YMCA

The Buehler Y helps families in need have a happy Thanksgiving. (Chicago Tribune)

A Conversation With Peter B. McNitt of BMO Harris

November 16, 2016

A Conversation With Peter B. McNitt of BMO Harris

Peter McNitt discusses the importance of giving back and his commitment to the Y (Daily North Shore)

YSVP Vet Volunteers for Others Who Served

November 14, 2016

YSVP Vet Volunteers for Others Who Served

YSVP outreach coordinator and U.S. Navy veteran William Schranz spent his Veteran's Day sprucing up a VFW Hall.

Rita Canning to Receive So Much More Than a Leader Award

October 26, 2016

Rita Canning to Receive So Much More Than a Leader Award

Longtime YMCA supporter Rita Canning, of Inverness, IL, will receive the honor at this year's The Y. So Much More. Recognition Dinner, taking place Oct. 27.

Chicago’s Former Gang Members Look to Leave Their Tattoos Behind

October 12, 2016

Chicago’s Former Gang Members Look to Leave Their Tattoos Behind

YSVP executive director Eddie Bocanegra weighed in on a Sept. 20 WBEZ story about Adrian Torres, a tattoo artist who performs a life-saving service in his free time — gang tattoo removal.

October 10, 2016

The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention executive director quoted in online magazine Slate

YSVP's Eddie Bocanegra helps Slate magazine get to the bottom of Chicago's gang violence

Eddie Bocanegra on Law Enforcement and the Community on “In The Loop”

October 06, 2016

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.

“Chicago Tonight” Looks at Violence in Chicago

October 05, 2016

“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.

Urban Warriors Program on “American Graduate” Live National Broadcast

October 03, 2016

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.

September 19, 2016

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.

August 29, 2016

South Side YMCA teams up with The Undefeated for a discussion on violence

Sports journalist Jemele Hall spoke with Jabari Parker, Cappie Pondexter and other at the South Side Y.

August 24, 2016

Peace march held in memory of Urban Warrior Abner Garcia

About 125 people attended a peace march held for slain Urban Warrior Abner Garcia, who dedicated his life to ending violence.

August 17, 2016

Urban Warrior vet Abner Garcia slain in random act of violence

Urban Warriors mentor Abner Garcia, dedicated to helping end youth violence, was slain August 15 in a random act of violence.

Thanks to Back 2 School Illinois, Y Kids Have School Supplies—and Fun

August 11, 2016

Thanks to Back 2 School Illinois, Y Kids Have School Supplies—and Fun

Back 2 School Illinois Distribution Day is a fun annual event where hundreds of children play games and receive free school-supply kits.

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