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.
April 24, 2017 — YMCA of Metro Chicago centers across Chicagoland are hosting the 26th annual Healthy Kids Day ®, the Y’s national initiative and free community event to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.
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.
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.
June 20, 2016 — YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago's Early Learning Program receives a $1.4 million grant from the McCormick Foundation
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.
July 06, 2017
McCormick YMCA of Metro Chicago makes a community garden available to low income children and families. (NBC Chicago)
June 20, 2017
Adults prepare for the swim season at the South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago by taking adult swim lessons. (Chicago Tribune)
May 23, 2017
Keep your children safe in and around water with these tips and YMCA swim lessons.
May 04, 2017
Cook County State prosecutors sat down with students from YMCA community schools to discuss the dangers of technology and promote cyber safety. (Cook County State's Attorney's Office)
May 02, 2017
Kid-friendly activities taught children about healthy choices at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Saturday 29, 2017. (Naperville Sun)
March 22, 2017
New Legislation, introduced Monday, March 19, 2017 by Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis, could provide training for people who work closely with children to identify and address trauma. (Chicago Sun-Times)
March 20, 2017
Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis unveiled the Trauma Informed Care for Children and Families Act on Monday, March 19, 2017. (Chicago Defender)
January 30, 2017
Eddie Bocanegra and Grant Buhr speak with Judy Hsu on Newsviews about the Y's evidence-based violence prevention programs (ABC7)
December 20, 2016
MacArthur Foundation invests $11 Million in Chicago youth, social progress and economic development groups, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (DNAInfo Chicago)
December 19, 2016
NBC-5 Chicago goes rinkside to learn how the Elmhurst Y's youth hockey players keep skating during cold weather. (NBC5 Chicago)
December 13, 2016
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)
November 28, 2016
The Buehler Y helps families in need have a happy Thanksgiving. (Chicago Tribune)
November 16, 2016
Peter McNitt discusses the importance of giving back and his commitment to the Y (Daily North Shore)
November 14, 2016
YSVP outreach coordinator and U.S. Navy veteran William Schranz spent his Veteran's Day sprucing up a VFW Hall.
November 01, 2016
Lesle Honore, Director of Youth Enrichment at Rauner Family YMCA inspires children through creative projects. (New York Times)
October 26, 2016
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.
October 12, 2016
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
YSVP's Eddie Bocanegra helps Slate magazine get to the bottom of Chicago's gang violence
October 06, 2016
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.
October 05, 2016
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.