The Y. Disrupting the Cycle


(from left to right) Peter McNitt, Chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Board of Managers (2012-2016), Richard Malone, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Chicago, and Greg Nickele, Chairman of the Board of Managers (2017-present)

In 2016, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago strengthened its impact on children, individuals and families across the region through programming that is both innovative and firmly grounded in evidence-based research. We’re grateful to our many partners, supporters, and community leaders whose commitment plays an important role in delivering our mission, despite challenges posed by state and local budget issues.

In this report, we share a new, innovative anti-bias curriculum for our youngest learners that encourages respect for each person’s differences and promotes safe, supportive professional learning communities for their teachers. We also highlight the talented people behind our Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs, who provide the resources and support that families in underserved communities need to achieve their full potential. You’ll also read an inspiring story of a member who recovered from a stroke with help from his local Y, and is now giving back to the community.

Last year also paved the way for the beginning of a new era in Board leadership. Peter McNitt, who has served on the Board of Managers for 13 years, completed his tenure as chairman. Greg Nickele has stepped up as the new chairman, bringing more than 10 years of experience on the Board.

As we reflect on our successes and look forward to the years ahead, we are reminded that these accomplishments are made possible because of the commitment and philanthropic investments of community members like you. Thank you for playing an important role in delivering our lifesaving mission every day.

Richard H. Malone
President and CEO

Peter B. McNitt
Chairman of the Board

Greg Nickele
Chairman of the Board