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Metro YMCA News

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Learn ways to recognize diabetes, better understand your family history, and spread awareness.

November 07, 2018

Could eSports Be Your Child’s Future?

The YMCA of Metro Chicago is partnering with I Play Games! to offer parent workshops that will present the facts and benefits of eSports.

November 01, 2018

How One Child’s Book Helped My Son Overcome Bullying and Gain Confidence

A Channel Islands YMCA employee shares how the YMCA of Metro Chicago's anti-bias literacy approach helped her 5-year-old son overcome bullying and learn to be proud of himself.

October 31, 2018

The Y. So Much More Recognition Dinner Raises More Than $1 Million for the 5th Consecutive Year

More than 400 enthusiastic supporters came together for the fifth annual The Y. So Much More™ Recognition Dinner on October 25, raising more than $1.3 million for Chicago children and families - a record-breaking year.

October 29, 2018

National Make a Difference Day

On Make a Difference Day 2018, we’d like to emphasize the importance of giving back and share a few steps you can take to get involved!

October 27, 2018

CPS Students Have a Week to Remember at YMCA Camp MacLean

For over 6 years, the Y’s Community Schools initiative has enabled more than 100 Chicago Public Schools students to experience the outdoors at YMCA Camp MacLean.

October 25, 2018

Basketball got it’s start at the YMCA, and so can your child!

The NBA season is officially here again - and it’s all thanks to the YMCA! Few people realize that without the YMCA, basketball wouldn't even exist. America’s second favorite sport has come a long way since its invention in 1891 at a Y center in Springfield, Missouri, but the YMCA's contributions to the sport didn't stop there...

October 24, 2018

October is Family Health Month

October is Family Health Month and it is the perfect time to make lasting and meaningful lifestyle changes that will benefit your entire family! Here are a few ways to improve your family’s health.

October 24, 2018

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

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