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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

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

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