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When communities get better, the world gets better. Discover how we positively impact the nation—and how you can help us—one neighborhood at a time.

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Visit any participating Y in the U.S. through membership at your "home" Y so you can reach your health and wellness goals wherever you live, work or travel.

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Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Kyle Kuzma spent his time after school at the Y—playing basketball and staying safe. Learn more about his Y story.

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News From the Y

May 3, 2019

Experts, including YMCA of the USA's Lindsay Mondick, give swimming and safety recommendations to Good Housekeeping in order to keep families safe this summer. 

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February 12, 2019

Using footage to display how dramatically different neighborhoods are depending on their zip codes, a hard-hitting spot from the YMCA asked viewers to confront the fact that a person's birthplace can determine their future. 

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December 18, 2018

A survey of 2,000 parents, commissioned by the YMCA and conducted by OnePoll, looked at the top life lessons and mantras that parents hope to teach their children, as well as the challenges many face in doing so; among them income, time and, perhaps surprisingly, zip codes.

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November 26, 2018

A handful of teens in Erie, Pennsylvania helped create a score that was performed by the Erie Philharmonic orchestra, thanks to music classes they took at the the YMCA of Greater Erie. 

On November 26, teens from the program and their instructor, Corey Cook, were featured on Good Morning America (GMA) and one of the talented musicians appeared live on GMA Day to perform his original song that he composed at the YMCA of Greater Erie's Teen Center. Watch him perform and receive a surprise gift from GMA Day here

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November 9, 2018

Hunger is a very real problem for millions of children across the U.S. Since 2011, the YMCA has step up to alleviate this issue through a partnership with the Walmart Foundation — first, with its Summer Food Program, and in 2012, the Afterschool Meal Program. These programs are important for food-insecure communities because hunger can have detrimental effects on a child’s development. The Y is able to implement these successful programs with the help of numerous partnerships it has forged with community organizations across the country.

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