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Jan 5, 2023

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Partners with Alkeme Health

CHICAGO, January, 5, 2023 — This new year, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is giving the gift of peace — of mind — and the gift of generational health! Introducing: Alkeme

Founded by former NFL champion Ryan Mundy in 2020 in response to a lack of available mental-health resources for Black individuals and families, Alkeme is wellness made for you. Alkeme centers the Black experience with content, tools, and resources tuned for Black joy, history, and growth. And now, YMCA of Metro Chicago members have access to a special promotion: one month of Alkeme Gold – for free!

“Partnering with the Y is exciting for us, because our organizations share the same dedication to strengthening community. Every partnership where we can amplify what Alkeme is setting out to provide for the Black community is important, and especially the partnerships at a local level. The Y is a place that families and individuals can count on, so the fact that Alkeme can now be found there as a resource is truly special to us” said Ryan Mundy, Founder & CEO, Alkeme 

The Alkeme app features a culturally-centric library of 250+ pieces of audio and video content created by clinical and mindfulness experts. Alkeme educates and provides their communities with health & wellbeing tools needed to heal, empower, and thrive today, while improving generational health for tomorrow. 

“The Y is committed to advancing strong communities and building resilience amongst the individuals we serve,” said Cherese Ledet, Chief Community Development & Equity Officer, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. “Mental health conditions have increased due to several factors that impact our daily lives. We must acknowledge positive wellness resources like Alkeme, which provides a digital platform that is open and available to all ages, removes the negative stigma, and assists in overcoming the barriers related to mental health and well-being.” 

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago members are learning about this offering as part of their growing list of member benefits. Alongside access to Alkeme, memberships at the YMCA of Metro Chicago include unlimited access to an upbeat environment with top-notch staff, energetic and innovative classes, free activities, and so much more!

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is the leader in accessible, inclusive programming for more than 200,000 individuals each year, strengthening community by connecting people to their purpose, potential, and each other. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is evolving to become a 21st-century social enterprise for the region, through an association of 14 centers, 5 overnight camps, and 100 extension sites throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. Learn more about the Y's locations and our programming at ymcachicago.org.

About Alkeme 
Alkeme is a health + wellness platform focused on eliminating disparities within the healthcare system for Black individuals. Alkeme's mission is to democratize access to health & wellness tools needed to empower, heal, inspire, and thrive today while improving generational health for tomorrow. With a platform that offers culturally centered therapist-led courses and expert guided mindfulness and meditation practices, Alkeme is striving to become a leading universal health and wellness provider for the Black community


Katy Broom
Director, Public Relations & Communications
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
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Courtney Jennings
Director of Growth
Alkeme Health 
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