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Metro YMCA News

Members, Join Us For a Free Film Screening of “Most Likely to Succeed”

The YMCA’s Education Series is dedicated to screening award-winning and impactful documentaries and series at YMCAs across the area.

August 28, 2018

An Unlikely Bond Between Chicago Teens and Veterans is Saving Lives in the City

“These kids are over-alert and watching their backs, even when they’re in the safest environments. They try to explain that feeling to other people who don’t get it. But I do.” Julio Cortes, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and mentor. (NationSwell)

August 27, 2018

YMCA Youth Jaime Garcia Trains a Court Case Dog

Jaime shares what he learned by working with court case dogs through a Youth Safety and Violence Prevention and Safe Humane partnership program.

August 24, 2018

Why Mary Sventy Has Worked at the Greater LaGrange Y for 20 Years

“People have a choice of where to work out, so why not work out somewhere that benefits the community?”

August 23, 2018

Miner School Students Learn Health and Social Skills at Lattof YMCA

When visiting the Lattof YMCA, Miner School adult students are given the opportunity to get out of the classroom and experience new environments where they can learn important life skills.

August 21, 2018

O’Dell Boyd Says Hello

O'Dell Boyd, who's been with the Y for 17 years, greets everyone, in person and on the phone, with a smile. "You don’t know who’s on the other side of the line. You don’t know what’s going on in their lives.”

August 17, 2018

Saving Lives From Top to Bottom

Every single employee at the YMCA of Metro Chicago is required to take CPR training. Last May, that policy saved a man’s life.

August 16, 2018

The Transformative Power of Camp

Camp remains a fond childhood memory for many people, but for Kent Dean, it’s a way of life.

August 14, 2018

YMCA in Naperville Holds Back-To-School Bash

YMCA members and Naperville residents enjoyed a free family event to celebrate the start of the school year at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Friday. (Naperville Sun)

August 13, 2018

For Crime Witnesses, Family Safety Can Outweigh A Community’s Security

Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program shares how fear can prevent individuals from speaking up about a crime in some communities. (CBS 2 Chicago)

August 10, 2018

Back 2 School Illinois Holds School Supplies Giveaway

Students from the YMCA of Metro Chicago gathered at the Back 2 School Illinois distribution to receive school supply kits. (ABC 7)

August 10, 2018

Community Spotlight: Navy Veteran, N’Neka Malone

N’Neka Malone, tells Harry Connick Jr. about the Urban Warriors Program, which teaches inner city youth how to cope with their dangerous communities. (Harry T.V. Show)

August 09, 2018

4 Actions Families Can Take to Keep Youth Physically Active

Family members play an important role in keeping youth active. During National Exercise with Your Child Week, learn what you can do to encourage physical fitness in your child’s life.

August 09, 2018

Building Confidence in the Water at the Y

Nearly 50 percent of adults can't swim well enough to save themselves from drowning. Here's how the South Side YMCA is helping change that statistic.

August 07, 2018

Foglia YMCA Receives Lake County Community Foundation Grant

The Lake County Community Foundation recently awarded grants to 15 nonprofit partners working to improve the quality of life for residents. The Foglia YMCA was among the new grantees this year.

August 06, 2018

Celebrate Your Friends by Sharing 20% Off Membership Rates!

Today is National Friendship Day and the Y wants to help you honor your friends.

August 05, 2018

Green Creation Crew Youth Explore Environmental and Social Justice Issues in Chicago

This summer, the Y's Green Creation Crew explored topics such as environmental justice, pollution, and reducing waste in Chicago.

August 03, 2018

YMCA Urban Warriors Veterans and Youth Graduate, Receive Awards

The Spring 2018 Urban Warriors graduation recognized 5 returning military veterans and 18 youth from west and south side of Chicago.

August 02, 2018

Building Safer Communities with Rescue Dogs

YSVP youth responded to the animals and opened up thanks to their continued work with Safe Humane trainers and dogs. Some of Guerrero’s shyest kids wound up leading training sessions and speaking to the public at Safe Humane graduations.

August 01, 2018

YMCA’s Commitment to Safety

Here's how you can help keep the YMCA a safe environment for the community.

August 01, 2018

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