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.
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.
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.
October 03, 2016
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
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
Sports journalist Jemele Hall spoke with Jabari Parker, Cappie Pondexter and other at the South Side Y.
August 24, 2016
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 Warriors mentor Abner Garcia, dedicated to helping end youth violence, was slain August 15 in a random act of violence.
August 11, 2016
Back 2 School Illinois Distribution Day is a fun annual event where hundreds of children play games and receive free school-supply kits.
June 28, 2016
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.
June 07, 2016
The U's Jeanne and Melissa talk pool safety with Kyle Kamman, YMCA of Metro Chicago Senior Director of Aquatics
May 02, 2016
Two graduates of the Y's Urban Warriors mentoring program talk about why they picked up a gun and how that decision changed their lives. (WBEZ)
March 15, 2016
Early childhood education veteran Crystal Elliott O'Connor is heading up the YMCA of Metro Chicago's new, cutting-edge Early Childhood Demonstration Center
March 13, 2016
The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) Urban Warriors program was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
February 02, 2016
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.
January 26, 2016
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.