As a cause-driven organization, one of our greatest strengths is our ability to listen and respond to the needs of the communities we serve. Whether providing education and training, or preventing chronic disease through health classes, we work tirelessly to provide a range of classes, activities, and programs that empower our neighbors to learn, grow, and thrive. These programs include:
Youth Safety and Violence Prevention
The Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program (YSVP) is a comprehensive, trauma- informed approach to violence prevention that looks at past exposure to trauma as a main driver of future dangerous behaviors. Everything we do is designed to help our region’s most vulnerable young people become leaders in their own communities.
Youth and Teen Leadership Program
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago offers multiple leadership programs in safe, welcoming environments throughout the city. Our programs including Achievers and Mentoring Programs, focus on enhancing skills, building confidence, and improving academic performance. By providing young adults the opportunity learn and grow, we are creating a healthier and stronger communities.
Youth and Government
This unique and special program is open to enthusiastic high school students in Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Batavia and Geneva high schools or surrounding areas who have an interest in our state government.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago began offering housing to low-income adults in Chicagoland in 1931 and today is one of the largest supportive housing providers in the Midwest.