School-age (6-12)

Playing, Learning & Growing Together

The YMCA of Metro Chicago provides enrichment-focused care that empowers a positive identity in every child, develops transferable life skills, builds honesty and trust, instills healthy habits, and cultivates positive futures in our city and its surrounding suburbs!
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Safe 'n Sound

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Community Schools Initiative

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  • We cannot say enough great things about the counselors that the children have had over the years that we have been in the program. They have gone above and beyond to make the children feel safe and welcomed every day. The service that your program offers to working parents is truly a lifesaver! Thank you for making our lives easier since 2014!
    - Jennifer D.
  • “I love the YMCA because there were awesome counselors, fun games, I met new friends and there were awesome field trips. I love the YMCA camp and I want to go next year!”
    - Joy H.
  • Thank you all for your hard work and dedication throughout the year, especially during these challenging times. We love that the kids are thriving and are lucky to have some 'normalcy' with their day-to-day routine.
    - Mandy M.
  • As a community, the YMCA has provided our school district and our community an essential resource. The benefits of a safe positive environment with caring adults for our community's children cannot be overstated. I have seen first hand the impact the YMCA Safe ‘n Sound makes on a daily basis. I am proud to call YMCA Safe ‘n Sound a community partner and appreciate all they do for our community.
    - School Administrator
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