At the Y, we strive to strengthen Chicago by promoting academic readiness, character development, violence prevention and fitness and healthy living. A crucial part of our mission is keeping the public up to date on our progress and letting them know how they can help.
November 01, 2018 — More than 400 enthusiastic supporters came together for the fifth annual The Y. So Much More™ Recognition Dinner on October 25, raising more than $1.3 million for Chicago children and families - a record-breaking year.
October 04, 2018 — New partnership will offer mental health services to youth, families, staff, and volunteers.
July 03, 2018 — New state-of-the-art facility offers year-round pool facilities and swim programs for residents of Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Logan Square, Wicker Park.
July 02, 2018 — Fundraising benefits Indian Boundary YMCA and the Y’s Urban Warriors program.
May 09, 2018 — Fundraising benefits Indian Boundary YMCA and the Y’s Urban Warriors program.
November 08, 2018
Naperville residents continue the annual tradition of gathering at the Fry Family YMCA to kick off the holidays. (Positively Naperville)
October 16, 2018
Barbara Blomquist writes about the late Naperville Mayor Pradel and the Mayor's Prayer breakfast origins. (Positively Naperville)
October 11, 2018
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)
October 10, 2018
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)
October 09, 2018
Comenecia O’Neal has been mentoring hundreds of youth for almost two decades. (NBC 5 Chicago, Making a Difference)
September 25, 2018
The YMCA Camp Independence is working to help children with spina bifida. (CBS Chicago News)
August 29, 2018
“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)
August 27, 2018
“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)
August 13, 2018
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)
August 10, 2018
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)
August 10, 2018
Students from the YMCA of Metro Chicago gathered at the Back 2 School Illinois distribution to receive school supply kits. (ABC 7)
August 09, 2018
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)
August 06, 2018
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.
July 30, 2018
The playground is open to the community. (Northwest Herald)
July 26, 2018
On National Summer Learning Day, the South Side YMCA was visited by State Representative Barbara Flynn-Currie. (Hyde Park Herald)
July 17, 2018
Volleyball event at the Kelly Hall YMCA works to improve relationship between the community and Chicago Police Officers.
July 13, 2018
Marine vet George E. Hood held a plank for 10 HOURS to break the world record (NowThis, NBC, ABC, Chicago Tribune, Patch)
July 05, 2018
The new additions to the McCormick YMCA has the potential to save lives. (CBS)
June 25, 2018
George Hood, fitness director at Indian Boundary YMCA, attempts to break 2 world records while fundraising for the Y. (Chicago Tribune: Beacon-News)
June 21, 2018
Youth from the Y’s Story Squad were empowered to share their experiences in front of friends, family, and the community at the Story Squad Showcase event. (The Chicago Citizen)