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Cancer Patient Sees Blessing in YMCA

A woman batting terminal lung cancer finds comfort in the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, when her youngest son gets to participate in early childhood education at no cost while she undergoes treatment. STLtoday.com/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

December 27, 2010


Inspirations: Amputee Thankful YMCA Was There

After losing both legs, a lifelong avid swimmer thought he would never swim again. Then he turned to the Y, where he found support and encouragement to make it through the struggle, and once again immersed himself in his favorite activity. BlueRidgeNow.com

December 25, 2010


Youth Campers Receive Supplies and Clothing to Participate in Camp

REI gives 34,000 pieces of outdoor gear and clothing to the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, helping campers fully participate in and benefit from the fun, relationship- and skill-building that comes from exploring the outdoors. KBHR-FM

December 02, 2010


YMCA Youth Leaders Selected to Serve on Youth Service America’s Youth Council

YMCA Youth Leaders Selected to Serve on Youth Service America’s Youth Council

Two youth leaders heavily involved with teen advocacy efforts at their YMCAs will now have an opportunity to empower youth on a national scale. Carrie Bilenker from the Y in New Jersey and Melanie Kiernan from the Y at Virginia Tech’s campus have been selected to serve on Youth Service America’s Youth Council.  

Youth Service America works to increase opportunities for youth engagement and youth leadership. Bilenker and Kiernan will assist the Youth Council in promoting the message that youth are contributors and leaders, while helping to address critical issues facing communities nationwide.

Bilenker, a senior at Cranford High School in New Jersey, has been involved with the Y for three years. She currently serves as youth governor of the statewide New Jersey YMCA Youth in Government program, and has previously served on the YMCA Council on National Affairs and the YMCA Model United Nations.  

Kiernan, a senior at Virginia Tech, has been involved with the campus’ Y for a number of years. She serves as program leader for the YMCA’s Alternative Breaks program, in which she works to increase student awareness of social justice issues and engagement in community service. She also serves as community outreach volunteer coordinator and chairs the executive board of the campus coalition of YMCAs.

The Y offers a variety of opportunities for youth to become a voice of leadership, to help empower other youth and to give back. Learn more about Education and Leadership opportunities, and Find a Y in your community to get involved.

December 1, 2010              

December 01, 2010


YMCA Youth Leaders Selected to Serve on Youth Service America's Youth Council

Two youth leaders heavily involved with teen advocacy efforts at their YMCAs will now have an opportunity to empower youth on a national scale.

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December 01, 2010


Program Helps At-Risk Patients Hold Off Diabetes

Program Helps At-Risk Patients Hold Off Diabetes USA Today

November 29, 2010


Turkeys and Hope Handed Out at Pride Park

As a symbol of giving back to others, a woman and her son help hand out 400 turkeys at the fourth annual YMCA Turkey Event in Bradenton, Fla., after receiving a free turkey at the event herself. Bradenton Herald

November 24, 2010


Y Community Snapshot: Americans Feel the Strongest Obligation to Effect Change in their Communities

Research from the Y finds that most Americans are cautiously optimistic that the conditions of their community will improve, but feel the strongest obligation to roll up their sleeves and help make a difference. Read more.

November 19, 2010


Harlem Globetrotters, YMCA Kids Help Good Morning America Kick Off Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Drive

Kids from the Grosvenor House YMCA in New York were treated to a basketball lesson from the Harlem Globetrotters and received brand new winter coats as part of GMA's Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive, sponsored by Burlington Coat Factory. Warms Coats & Warm Hearts also donated 225 brand new coats to Grosvenor House/West Side YMCA to distribute to kids this winter. Good Morning America

November 18, 2010


Kids Enrolled in the YMCA's "Lights On Afterschool" Program Study Endangered Species

To help ensure Staten Island youngsters have a safe and nurturing environment to spend time in after the school day ends, the Staten Island YMCA recently joined hundreds of parents and kids to celebrate "Lights On Afterschool," the 11th annual, nationally-recognized day of advocacy for safe environments for kids.

Staten Island Advance

November 11, 2010

Boy and girl with arms around each other in front of a puzzle
Kristin Finn


Bess Finds Camaraderie, Fitness in YMCA Classes

Following knee surgery, a 68-year-old retired registered nurse joins the Palestine YMCA's Silver Sneakers program to improve her health and well-being and finds more than just a place to work out. Palestine Herald-Press

November 09, 2010


The Y Addresses Prevention During National Diabetes Awareness Month!

With nearly 27 million Americans living with diabetes and another 57 million Americans at risk, the Y is increasing awareness throughout National Diabetes Awareness Month about the importance of taking steps to reduce chances of developing this deadly and costly disease. Read more.

November 05, 2010


YMCA Uses Technology to Bring Physical Education to Elementary School Students

Dozens of students at Bay Area schools are enjoying physical activity and learning about healthy living, thanks to a free service by the South County YMCA. The Y is using video conferencing to teach physical activity to various schools simultaneously in a district where physical education classes have been cut. Bay News 9

October 27, 2010


More Canned Money for the YMCA

A local aluminum can collection drive raises enough money to help the Claude C. Brown YMCA in Selma purchase more food for their Kids' Cafe©, where children visit regularly for free, freshly cooked meals.

The Selma Times-Journal

October 16, 2010

Selma Times-Journal


Frisco YMCA Offers Free Wellness Program for Cancer Survivors, Patients

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Frisco Family YMCA is rolling out LiveStrong at the YMCA, a free wellness program to support people dealing with any type of cancer. Star Local News

October 13, 2010


YMCA Helps Goddard Schools Offer Kids All-Day Kindergarten

Kindergartners in Wichita, Kansas, are receiving more education and the preparation they need for first grade, thanks to a partnership between the Greater Wichita YMCA and the public school district to provide all-day kindergarten in an area where full-day programming for kids is scarce.

The Wichita Eagle

October 11, 2010

Instructor helping a boy at a desk in a classroom
Wichita Eagle


Seton Hill University, YMCA Fighting Fat with Facts

The Greensburg YMCA in Pennsylvania is teaming with Seton Hill University medical students to teach seventh-graders lessons on biology and healthy eating habits in an effort to curb childhood obesity. Tribune-Review

October 11, 2010


YMCA Dedicates New Services for 'Young at Heart'

Local seniors now have a new place to put their feet up, socialize, work or just have fun with the dedication of the Commons at the Wyckoff Family YMCA in New Jersey. Wyckoff Patch

September 17, 2010


The YMCA, More Than Swimming, Gym and Camp

To many people, the YMCA means swimming, working out in their gym and attending camp. But the YMCA has so much more to it than that. On the heels of the Y‘s brand revitalization, James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, talks about the Y‘s cause and the impact the YMCA of Greater Springfield is making in the community.

Mass Appeal/WWLP-TV

August 23, 2010

ames Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, talking to reporter
WWLP-TV


School Spotlight: YMCA Dance Camp Keeps Children on Their Toes

The dance camp at the Dane County YMCA branches in Wisconsin this summer is introducing children to various kinds of dance while helping them burn off energy inside, where they can temporarily escape the heat. Wisconsin State Journal

August 15, 2010


Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp Welcomes Today Show

The Today show's Amy Robach recently took her daughters to the Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp in Fort Hill, Pa., where families have gone for more than 50 years to get away from ringing phones and televisions to commune with nature, and each other. MSNBC

July 31, 2010


YMCA Gives Haitian Children a Summer Vacation

The YMCA of Greater New York wanted to give some Haitian children a summer vacation. On July 26, the group announced the launch of Cabins of Hope, a $30,000 scholarship program for 10 Haitian children and two counselors to spend a month this summer at a sleep-over camp in Huguenot, N.Y. The Wall Street Journal

July 23, 2010


Video: The Y Launches New Brand Strategy

Speaking at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on July 12, YMCA leaders unveil a new brand strategy to reinforce the organization's commitment to strengthening communities. The power of the Y

July 14, 2010


Ernestine Shepherd: Learn How This Grandmother Went From Flab to Fab

At 74, Baltimore grandmother Ernestine Shepherd is the Guinness World Records' oldest female bodybuilder. But less than 20 years ago, she hated what she saw in the dressing room mirror as she tried on swimsuit after swimsuit. Watch the story about her journey to healthy living as she gives tips to seniors from the McBurney YMCA in New York. Good Morning America

July 13, 2010


Y.M.C.A. Is Downsizing to a Single Letter

One of the nation's most iconic nonprofit organizations, founded 166 years ago in England as the Young Men's Christian Association, is undergoing a major rebranding, adopting as its name the nickname everyone has used for generations. The New York Times

July 12, 2010


Teens Look to Become Global Leaders Through YMCA

Two teens who participated in the Y's Youth and Government, Leaders Club and Global Teens programs are graduating have transitioned from shy, uncertain kids to eloquent, confident student organizers, and ready to explore the world.

Staten Island Advance

June 24, 2010

Two man standing in front of red wall with Y logo on it
Staten Island Advance


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