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Irving Park YMCA Welcomes New Executive Director

Join us in welcoming Ronald Anderson, the Irving Park YMCA’s new executive director. Ron began his career with YMCA of Metro Chicago in 2014 and has served at two centers.

October 19, 2018

McCormick YMCA Welcomes New Executive Director

Daniel Rubio has been part of the YMCA family for 10 years. After serving the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, he returns to the YMCA of Metro Chicago as our new executive director of the McCormick YMCA.

October 17, 2018

Transitions- An Unforgettable Public Servant

Barbara Blomquist writes about the late Naperville Mayor Pradel and the Mayor's Prayer breakfast origins. (Positively Naperville)

October 16, 2018

McKay Students Share the Value of “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully”

The Y’s Community Schools Initiative partnered with the Free Lunch Academy at McKay Elementary where our scholars participated in a performance titled “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.”.

October 15, 2018

October is Tackling Hunger Month

October is Tackling Hunger Month. Learn how the YMCA is helping fight hunger and how you can help.

October 11, 2018

YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention to Serve Two Additional Chicago Communities

The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP) will broaden its services for youth and families, staff, and volunteer military veterans to include mental health evaluations and professional counseling. (Lawndale News)

October 11, 2018

YSVP to Offer Mental Health Services Through Rush Partnership

The focus of World Mental Health Day 2018 is young people and mental health in a changing world. A new partnership with Rush University Medical Center will make mental health service accessible to Youth Safety and Violence Prevention youth and their families, staff, and military veteran volunteers.

October 10, 2018

YMCA Of Metro Chicago Expands Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

The Y’s YSVP program expands to two new Chicago neighborhoods and partners with Rush University Medical Center to provide mental health care services to participants and their families, staff, and military veteran volunteers. (Chicago Citizen)

October 10, 2018

Four Ways You Can Help Stop Bullying!

National Stop Bullying Day, also known as “Unity Day”, is an anti-bullying campaign celebrated every second Wednesday of October. Learn about the effects of bullying behaviors and how you can help put a stop to bullying!

October 10, 2018

Meet Chicago’s Kelly Hall YMCA Super Mentor

Comenecia O’Neal has been mentoring hundreds of youth for almost two decades. (NBC 5 Chicago, Making a Difference)

October 09, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Learn about potential risk factors, the importance of early detection, and a few prevention tips.

October 02, 2018

A Few Ways to Celebrate National Child Health Day!

October 1st is National Child Health Day! Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate the day with your family!

October 01, 2018

Announcing the Honorees for This Year’s “The Y. So Much More” Recognition Dinner

On Thursday, October 25, The Y will celebrate its 5th Annual “The Y. So Much More.” Recognition Dinner at Morgan Manufacturing. The specific focus of this year’s event will be the Y’s “cradle to career” commitment, highlighting the impact the organization has had on community members ranging from infancy through adulthood.

September 26, 2018

YMCA Camp Independence Helps Kids With Spina Bifida

The YMCA Camp Independence is working to help children with spina bifida. (CBS Chicago News)

September 25, 2018

YSVP’s Executive Director Receives Award From the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust

Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Y’s YSVP program received an award for his service to military veterans.

September 19, 2018

Meet Bruce Shannon: The Aquatics Instructor at the South Side Y

Bruce Shannon worked as a lifeguard and aquatics instructor at the South Side YMCA for 18 years. He describes how his childhood memories at the Y shaped his values, “there was no limit at what I could do at the Y."

September 12, 2018

Meet Comenecia O’Neal, Mentor and Mother to YMCA Youth

“I tell people all the time, I have three biological children, but I really have a lot of kids.” Comenecia O’Neal serves as a mother figure to many of the youth that walk through Kelly Hall YMCA’s doors.

September 05, 2018

5 Ways to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Your Family or Community

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are five tips for keeping kids healthy and active all year long.

September 04, 2018

The Y Helps Thousands of Chicagoland Students Get “Back 2 School”

This summer, we joined the Boys and Girls Club and the Vietnamese Association of Illinois to supply thousands of youth with the supplies they need to start school in September.

September 03, 2018

Pilsen YMCA Mentor Helps Lead Teens To A Path To Success

“Is it a war we’re winning? No,” said Almore. “But it’s a war I’m willing to fight.” Mike Almore, YSVP mentor and Senior Outreach Specialist shares why he decided to help youth exposed to violence in Chicago communities. (CBS 2 Chicago)

August 29, 2018

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