As a nonprofit organization committed to academic readiness, character development, youth safety and violence prevention and fitness and healthy living, the Kelly Hall YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive since 2009.
Between the after school programs which keep children and youth safely off the streets, the hot nutritious meals enjoyed by all and activities like magazine publishing that teach real life job skills, the Kelly Hall YMCA strengthens bodies, minds and communities.
Where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, program participants and staff to make a difference. Kelly Hall YMCA proudly serves the community of West Humboldt Park where today for more than 1,700 program participants make the Kelly Hall YMCA their second home. Kelly Hall provides local children and families the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, and where people of all ages, interests and abilities can build and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.
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Urban Warriors is a program of the YMCA of Metro Chicago's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP). Urban Warriors provides a structured curriculum-based program that pairs experienced veterans with youth exposed to violence in some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. These two groups share common life experiences–surviving in hostile environments and striving to cope. Together they discuss and process their experiences with violence, develop and share coping skills, and identify the strengths they have developed and how they can channel them to benefit their communities. This trauma-informed approach fosters a unique supportive relationship between military veterans and youth. Urban Warriors reduces the traumatic effects of violence on “American child soldiers” and supports youth participants through 16 weeks of structured programming. Sessions are facilitated by military veterans who are trained and supported by YSVP staff. The curriculum consists of 5 thematic areas: belonging, positive identity development, cognitive restructuring, coping, and community engagement.
The Urban Warriors program is at Kelly Hall YMCA every saturday from 9am -1:30pm, for more information about the Urban Warriors and/or YSVP follow the link.
Christian describes the day he met outreach worker Devon Timms as one that changed, and saved, his life.
At the age of 7, Christian lost three very important people in his life: his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The tragedy left the young boy depressed and angry. His grades suffered, he misbehaved and he became more interested in hanging out with drug dealers and gang members than with other children from his school.
Two years later, Devon saw Christian outside the Kelly Hall YMCA and invited him inside. "At first, I didn’t want to go because I was dirty and bummy. I didn’t have a lot of nice things like the other kids," Christian says. "Finally, I went there and that was the best decision I ever made. The kids and staff welcomed me right in."
Christian's speech from The Y. So Much More™ 2015 Recognition Dinner
This story appeared in the YMCA of Metro Chicago 2015 Annual Report. View online report.
824 N. Hamlin
Chicago, IL 60651
Weekdays: 12 - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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