YMCA in the News

 

Recent news and articles featuring the YMCA of Metro Chicago

 


Amid Push to ‘Ban the Box,’ Illinois Universities Still Asking Students About Criminal History

November 21, 2018

Amid Push to ‘Ban the Box,’ Illinois Universities Still Asking Students About Criminal History

Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program at the YMCA of Metro Chicago shares what he had to do in order to obtain higher education as a man with a criminal record. (Chicago Tribune)

Trevon Hamilton is the Neighbor to Know

November 21, 2018

Trevon Hamilton is the Neighbor to Know

Trevon Hamilton, a Kelly Hall YMCA youth was featured as the Neighbor to Know on The Brown House Experience T.V. show, P.A.T TV on Chicago Access Network Television. (CAN TV)

Annual Mayor’s Community Breakfast Set to Kick Off Holidays

November 08, 2018

Annual Mayor’s Community Breakfast Set to Kick Off Holidays

Naperville residents continue the annual tradition of gathering at the Fry Family YMCA to kick off the holidays. (Positively Naperville)

Transitions- An Unforgettable Public Servant

October 16, 2018

Transitions- An Unforgettable Public Servant

Barbara Blomquist writes about the late Naperville Mayor Pradel and the Mayor's Prayer breakfast origins. (Positively Naperville)

YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention to Serve Two Additional Chicago Communities

October 11, 2018

YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention to Serve Two Additional Chicago Communities

The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP) will broaden its services for youth and families, staff, and volunteer military veterans to include mental health evaluations and professional counseling. (Lawndale News)

YMCA Of Metro Chicago Expands Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

October 10, 2018

YMCA Of Metro Chicago Expands Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program

The Y’s YSVP program expands to two new Chicago neighborhoods and partners with Rush University Medical Center to provide mental health care services to participants and their families, staff, and military veteran volunteers. (Chicago Citizen)

Meet Chicago’s Kelly Hall YMCA Super Mentor

October 09, 2018

Meet Chicago’s Kelly Hall YMCA Super Mentor

Comenecia O’Neal has been mentoring hundreds of youth for almost two decades. (NBC 5 Chicago, Making a Difference)

YMCA Camp Independence Helps Kids With Spina Bifida

September 25, 2018

YMCA Camp Independence Helps Kids With Spina Bifida

The YMCA Camp Independence is working to help children with spina bifida. (CBS Chicago News)

Pilsen YMCA Mentor Helps Lead Teens To A Path To Success

August 29, 2018

Pilsen YMCA Mentor Helps Lead Teens To A Path To Success

“Is it a war we’re winning? No,” said Almore. “But it’s a war I’m willing to fight.” Mike Almore, YSVP mentor and Senior Outreach Specialist shares why he decided to help youth exposed to violence in Chicago communities. (CBS 2 Chicago)

An Unlikely Bond Between Chicago Teens and Veterans is Saving Lives in the City

August 27, 2018

An Unlikely Bond Between Chicago Teens and Veterans is Saving Lives in the City

“These kids are over-alert and watching their backs, even when they’re in the safest environments. They try to explain that feeling to other people who don’t get it. But I do.” Julio Cortes, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and mentor. (NationSwell)

YMCA in Naperville Holds Back-To-School Bash

August 13, 2018

YMCA in Naperville Holds Back-To-School Bash

YMCA members and Naperville residents enjoyed a free family event to celebrate the start of the school year at the Kroehler Family YMCA on Friday. (Naperville Sun)

For Crime Witnesses, Family Safety Can Outweigh A Community’s Security

August 10, 2018

For Crime Witnesses, Family Safety Can Outweigh A Community’s Security

Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program shares how fear can prevent individuals from speaking up about a crime in some communities. (CBS 2 Chicago)

Back 2 School Illinois Holds School Supplies Giveaway

August 10, 2018

Back 2 School Illinois Holds School Supplies Giveaway

Students from the YMCA of Metro Chicago gathered at the Back 2 School Illinois distribution to receive school supply kits. (ABC 7)

Community Spotlight: Navy Veteran, N’Neka Malone

August 09, 2018

Community Spotlight: Navy Veteran, N’Neka Malone

N’Neka Malone, tells Harry Connick Jr. about the Urban Warriors Program, which teaches inner city youth how to cope with their dangerous communities. (Harry T.V. Show)

Foglia YMCA Receives Lake County Community Foundation Grant

August 06, 2018

Foglia YMCA Receives Lake County Community Foundation Grant

The Lake County Community Foundation recently awarded grants to 15 nonprofit partners working to improve the quality of life for residents. The Foglia YMCA was among the new grantees this year.

Sage YMCA Dedicates New Neighborhood Playground in Crystal Lake

July 30, 2018

Sage YMCA Dedicates New Neighborhood Playground in Crystal Lake

The playground is open to the community. (Northwest Herald)

State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie Celebrates Summer Learning Day at the South Side YMCA

July 26, 2018

State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie Celebrates Summer Learning Day at the South Side YMCA

On National Summer Learning Day, the South Side YMCA was visited by State Representative Barbara Flynn-Currie. (Hyde Park Herald)

Police Officers Play Volleyball With Teens at Humboldt Park

July 17, 2018

Police Officers Play Volleyball With Teens at Humboldt Park

Volleyball event at the Kelly Hall YMCA works to improve relationship between the community and Chicago Police Officers.

This 60-Year-Old Veteran Just Set Two Planking World Records

July 13, 2018

This 60-Year-Old Veteran Just Set Two Planking World Records

Marine vet George E. Hood held a plank for 10 HOURS to break the world record (NowThis, NBC, ABC, Chicago Tribune, Patch)

Aquatic Center Opens to West Side Residents

July 05, 2018

Aquatic Center Opens to West Side Residents

The new additions to the McCormick YMCA has the potential to save lives. (CBS)

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