The Y. Where Research Meets Practice.


The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago reached a pivotal milestone with the opening of the YMCA Center in 2015, thanks to the leadership, partnership and generosity of many people. This hub of social innovation is where scholarly research about youth and family development will be translated into day-to-day practice.

Children, adults and families in many urban and suburban neighborhoods face challenges to living healthy and productive lives. Opportunity gaps in education, food insecurities, chronic health problems, and the cycle of violence are creating barriers to a better tomorrow.

In this report, we share inspiring stories of people who are overcoming these challenges through personal determination, the dedication of Y staff and the innovative programs and services made possible with your support. These stories of hope are happening across Chicagoland every day. We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration in the years ahead.


Richard H. Malone
President and CEO

Peter B. McNitt
Chairman of the Board


The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.