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ELESAIR and NAWC Programs, West Side YMCA (New York, NY) Quote by NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal (Photo by Arthur Ram)

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Stories of So Much More

There are beautiful stories of hope, strength and determination that happen at Ys throughout the country every day. Lives are changed forever when people have the resources and support they need, and communities come together. We're proud to be part of it all.

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YMCA Garden Feeds Bodies and Souls

One YMCA garden is making an impact in residents' lives, providing nutritious produce in an area where it's scarce.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

YMCA Distributes 8,000 Back-to-School Backpacks in Lexington

The YMCA of Central Kentucky sponsored 18 Back to School Rallies around Lexington simultaneously, distributing an estimated 8,000 backpacks with paper, notebooks and other materials needed for the school year.
Kentucky.com

Y Readers Wins National Summer Learning Award

A YMCA Charlotte program that helps Charlotte-Mecklenburg students with reading skills has been recognized as one of the most effective summer education programs in the country.
CharlotteObserver.com

Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

In rural Hopkins County in western Kentucky, where children are widely dispersed, the Y is taking a creative approach to bring healthy meals to kids in harder-to-reach areas.
NPR

YMCA Expands Summer Meal Program for Local Students

It's tough to work and play on an empty stomach, but a lot of local children have problems getting enough food. Seven years ago the YMCA decided to do something about it; this year they've taken it even further with special programs at two San Jose elementary schools.
mercurynews.com

Keeping Kids From Going Hungry Over Summer Break

While summer should be a fun time for kids, it can be a hungry time for those who relied on school lunch programs for filling, healthy meals. If you’re a parent struggling to fill the summer hunger gap, there are resources available to help feed your kids.
usnews.com

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Breakfasts of Champions

Who would want to skip this yummy breakfast? (photo credit: Thinkstock/istock)

It's well known that skipping or skimping on breakfast is a bad idea, increasing risk of overeating later in the day, leading to obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes. Missing breakfast can also negatively affect your memory and mood. Below are some of my favorite breakfasts to keep me properly fueled for the day. more

"I Love Bonding with My Daughter."

Bonding, healthy-living style. 

For Holly, going to the Y changed when she had her daughter, Elle. Find out how this Y's YogaSign™ StoryTime helped the two grow closer together. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.  more

A Lion's Roar Can Be Heard 5 Miles Away

What inspires you? Write about it today. Take this brief survey to tell us what interests you and will make a difference in your community. 

True fact. 

Also, true: we've had an entire summer full of young leaders who spoke up and could be heard from across the country through the Y's blog. Here's a recap of our guest bloggers raising their voices and making their mark from teaching kids how to read to starting up summer food programs to giving career advice. Thank you, bloggers! more

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