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.
November 01, 2017 — George E. Hood, world record holder of the Plank, joins the Indian Boundary YMCA as Fitness Director.
October 19, 2017 — The Foglia YMCA and Live4Lali are teaming up to present: An Opioid & Substance Use Community Forum - a panel discussion on the epidemic sweeping our communities. Lake Zurich, IL.
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.
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.
November 09, 2015
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.
November 02, 2015
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.
September 11, 2015
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.
July 21, 2015
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
July 02, 2015
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.
June 30, 2015
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.
June 09, 2015
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.
June 03, 2015
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.
May 26, 2015
The University of Chicago magazine interviewed Eddie Bocanegra and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon about Urban Warriors.
May 25, 2015
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.
May 06, 2015
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.
March 19, 2015
WTTW-TV featured Urban Warriors, a program of the Y?s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, on its broadcast of ?Chicago Tonight.?
March 12, 2015
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.
September 26, 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.