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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


26th Annual Healthy Kids Day Around Chicagoland

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.

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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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Recent News & Articles


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.

YMCA in the Chicago Tribune: Philanthropy Not Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts

May 06, 2015

YMCA in the Chicago Tribune: Philanthropy Not Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Richard Malone, President and CEO, and Dayshawn Hunt, Teen REACH participant, about the impact of state funding cuts on children and families that rely on essential programs provided by the YMCA.

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Featured on Chicago Tonight (3/18)

March 18, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Featured on Chicago Tonight (3/18)

WTTW-TV featured Urban Warriors, a program of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, on its broadcast of “Chicago Tonight.”

Basketball Tournament to Recruit Veterans Featured on Extra News

March 12, 2015

Basketball Tournament to Recruit Veterans Featured on Extra News

The YMCA teams up with Chicago Veterans to host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to help recruit veterans for the Y's Urban Warriors program.

American Graduate Day 2014

September 26, 2014

American Graduate Day 2014

On September 27, the Y's Achievers program was featured on WTTW's American Graduate Day, a seven-hour mulitmedia event that highlighted the people and organizations that are encouraging students to commit to staying on a path to high school graduation.

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Program featured in Chicago Tribune

July 11, 2014

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Program featured in Chicago Tribune

YMCA program is aimed at helping at-risk youths deal with trauma from violent neighborhoods

Northwest Herald Features Water Safety Tips from Sage YMCA

June 03, 2014

Northwest Herald Features Water Safety Tips from Sage YMCA

For many children and families, summer is the perfect time to spend a fun day at the pool, beach or lake. As the largest operator of swimming pools in the U.S. and a leading provider of swim and water safety programs, the Y believes in the importance of practicing safety tips in and around the water

YMCA’s Upcoming Healthy Kids Day Featured on ABC News.

April 21, 2014

YMCA’s Upcoming Healthy Kids Day Featured on ABC News.

ABC News features all the fun planned for this weekend's Healthy Kids Day events taking place at YMCA's across the Chicagoland area.

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