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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.

Recent Press Releases


USMC Veteran and YMCA Fitness Director George Hood to Attempt 2 World Records in 24 Hours

May 09, 2018 — Fundraising benefits Indian Boundary YMCA and the Y’s Urban Warriors program.

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Community members can connect and save money with the YMCA of Metro Chicago member referral program

January 01, 2018 — Anyone interested in the member referral program, and needs to find a connection is encouraged to use the hashtag #ShareTheY on social media to connect with each other.

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Ultra Endurance Fitness Pro and World Record Holder Joins YMCA Staff as Fitness Director

November 01, 2017 — George E. Hood, world record holder of the Plank, joins the Indian Boundary YMCA as Fitness Director.

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The Foglia YMCA and Live4Lali team up to present: “An Opioid & Substance Use Community Forum”

October 19, 2017 — The Foglia YMCA and Live4Lali are teaming up to present: An Opioid & Substance Use Community Forum - a panel discussion on the epidemic sweeping our communities. Lake Zurich, IL.

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26th Annual Healthy Kids Day Around Chicagoland

April 24, 2017 — YMCA of Metro Chicago centers across Chicagoland are hosting the 26th annual Healthy Kids Day ?, the Y?s national initiative and free community event to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.

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Recent News & Articles


WCIU You & Me This Morning shares the Y’s Pool Do’s And Don’ts

June 07, 2016

WCIU You & Me This Morning shares the Y’s Pool Do’s And Don’ts

The U's Jeanne and Melissa talk pool safety with Kyle Kamman, YMCA of Metro Chicago Senior Director of Aquatics

May 02, 2016

‘There’s a story behind why we shoot’

Two graduates of the Y's Urban Warriors mentoring program talk about why they picked up a gun and how that decision changed their lives. (WBEZ)

Meet Crystal Elliott O’Connor, Director of the Y’s Early Childhood Demonstration Center

March 15, 2016

Meet Crystal Elliott O’Connor, Director of the Y’s Early Childhood Demonstration Center

Early childhood education veteran Crystal Elliott O'Connor is heading up the YMCA of Metro Chicago's new, cutting-edge Early Childhood Demonstration Center

CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood features YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors

March 13, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood features YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors

The Y?s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) Urban Warriors program was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

Vocalo’s The Barber Shop Show talks with the Y’s Story Squad about community violence

February 02, 2016

Vocalo’s The Barber Shop Show talks with the Y’s Story Squad about community violence

Story Squad participants Brian, Daniel, Jaime and Kevon joined WBEZ's Richard Steele on The Barber Shop Show to share their personal audio stories and how self-expression helps them to reconnect with their families and strengthen their communities.

NPR’s All Things Considered draws national attention to Urban Warriors

January 26, 2016

NPR’s All Things Considered draws national attention to Urban Warriors

Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered, visited the Kelly Hall YMCA to share how military veterans and Y outreach workers are building stable communities for young people in Chicago?s most underserved neighborhoods through Urban Warriors.

November 09, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago applauds Governor Rauner and legislative leaders support of CCAP

Working families who rely on the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to help support and improve the quality of life for their families are well-served by the compromise reached between Governor Rauner and legislative leaders.

The Y. So Much More™ 2015 Recognition Dinner raises $1 million for children and families

November 02, 2015

The Y. So Much More™ 2015 Recognition Dinner raises $1 million for children and families

More than 450 attendees came together on Oct. 29 to support the YMCA of Metro Chicago's mission throughout our world-class city and suburbs.

Governor Rauner’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Convenes at YSVP Headquarters

September 11, 2015

Governor Rauner’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Convenes at YSVP Headquarters

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago hosted Governor Bruce Rauner?s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform at the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) headquarters in Little Village Sept. 8.

For troubled youths, veterans offer shoulders to lean on

July 21, 2015

For troubled youths, veterans offer shoulders to lean on

On Saturday, July 18, more than 100 YMCA supporters gathered at La Villita Community Church to celebrate 29 youth and 10 veterans at the Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony.

July 14, 2015

8 Frantic Hours in Chicago on Fourth of July

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Outside Thompson Center

July 02, 2015

Hundreds Protest Budget Cuts Outside Thompson Center

CBS 2's Jim Williams and WBBM 780?s Bernie Tafoya spoke with Dawana Williamson, Senior Vice President, Youth Development, YMCA of Metro Chicago, and the Preston family about the impact of the budget cuts on children and families.

YMCA of Metro Chicago Rallies for Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

June 30, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago Rallies for Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

The YMCA urges supporters to join community organizations at a rally on July 1, 2015, to show legislators that CCAP and Teen REACH are crucial.

How the YMCA Helped Shape America

June 09, 2015

How the YMCA Helped Shape America

NPR highlights how the YMCA helped shape America?from launching the first basketball teams and group swim lessons in the U.S. to popularizing exercise classes and creating the oldest summer camp still in operation.

YMCA featured in WTTW’s “Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith”

June 03, 2015

YMCA featured in WTTW’s “Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith”

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Izrah Hurd were interviewed for WTTW's "Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith," an hour-long documentary produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.

Urban Warriors featured in The University of Chicago Magazine

May 26, 2015

Urban Warriors featured in The University of Chicago Magazine

The University of Chicago magazine interviewed Eddie Bocanegra and Ryan Lugalia-Hollon about Urban Warriors.

May 25, 2015

YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs’ Letter to the Editor in Crain’s

In this letter to the editor, YMCA of Metro Chicago and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago share how programs like Teen REACH are ?must haves? for the long-term success of Illinois.

YMCA in the Chicago Tribune: Philanthropy Not Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts

May 06, 2015

YMCA in the Chicago Tribune: Philanthropy Not Enough in the Face of State Funding Cuts

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Richard Malone, President and CEO, and Dayshawn Hunt, Teen REACH participant, about the impact of state funding cuts on children and families that rely on essential programs provided by the YMCA.

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Featured on Chicago Tonight (3/18)

March 19, 2015

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Featured on Chicago Tonight (3/18)

WTTW-TV featured Urban Warriors, a program of the Y?s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, on its broadcast of ?Chicago Tonight.?

Basketball Tournament to Recruit Veterans Featured on Extra News

March 12, 2015

Basketball Tournament to Recruit Veterans Featured on Extra News

The YMCA teams up with Chicago Veterans to host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to help recruit veterans for the Y's Urban Warriors program.

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