Media Coverage



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Leaf-Chronicle

Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA Plays Santa for Troops

Thanks to generous donations, the Armed Services YMCA's Christmas Assistance Program is providing books, toys and other gifts to help military members and their families enjoy the holidays. Leaf-Chronicle



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Northbrook Patch

New Program Combines Glenbrook North Students with YMCA Community

The Northbrook YMCA's Fitness Buddies program is a partnership with a local high school's Transition Program that helps disabled students successfully integrate into the community. Northbrook Patch



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WFAE.org

Local Teens Will Serve in Senegal through YMCA

Four high school students from Charlotte are selected for a nine-day trip to West Africa through the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Global Service Learning Project. WFAE.org


YMCA Allard Center Members Step Up to Support Marines with Care Packages

A Goffstown native whose Marine Corps battalion was the last to be sent into Afghanistan, is providing the inspiration for a community service project launched by a group of students from the YMCA's Leaders Club in his hometown. UnionLeader.com


YMCA Charter School Stresses Leadership and Innovation

The new YMCA Detroit Innovation Academy is using technology and innovative approaches to help kids from kindergarten through seventh grade learn new skills so they can achieve and do well in school. The Detroit News



Digital Vision

The Y Joins Public Media to Spread Awareness on High School Dropout Crisis

Recently, YMCA of the USA joined other nonprofits and education advocates in "American Graduate Day" – a national public television broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis – to discuss the Y’s commitment to education and how its youth programs help teens succeed in school. Click here to watch the segment with PBS’s Ray Suarez, and learn more about the Y’s education programs for children and teens. learn more



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The Journal-Standard

Children's Center Celebrates Clifford

Children in Freeport, Illinois, join in the fun and enjoy reading activities as the Y teams with Scholastic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Clifford the Big Red Dog®. The Journal-Standard



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The Herald News

YMCA's Y Readers Program Continues in Charlotte Afterschool Programs

About 250 children in the Charlotte YMCA's afterschool program have an opportunity to get an intensified focus on reading skills, as the Y expands a summer program that has helped students make gains. The Herald News


YMCA Afterschool Programs About More Than Fun

With curriculum ranging from diet and healthy living to bullying and gang prevention, the YMCA of Northern Utah is working to ensure that the learning doesn't stop with the end of the school day. The Salt Lake Tribune



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Herald News

Volunteers Pick Produce in Dartmouth for Local Food Pantries

About 100 volunteers harvested and cleaned produce at the community farm at the YMCA in Dartmouth, picking food that will make its way to 25 food pantries as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event. The Herald News



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NorthJersey.com

YMCA Sponsors Soccer Camp in Haiti

Community leaders from the Ridgewood YMCA recently hosted a two-week soccer camp for teenagers in Haiti to inspire the young Haitians to reach their potential. NorthJersey.com


Collaboration and Partnerships: The Path to Ending Child Hunger

Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA, discusses ways organizations can work together to address child hunger in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity's summer long series, "Ending Childhood Hunger in America". Spotlight on Poverty



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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

YMCA Book Fair Helps Write Bright Futures

The YMCA in St. Louis is holding its annual used book fair, which helps pay for literacy programs to help youth succeed in school. St. Louis Post-Dispatch



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Kitsap Sun

Farmers Market for Kids Teaches Food is Fun

The Y in Silverdale partners with a local business owner to hold an event aimed at promoting healthy habits in families. Kitsap Sun



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Y, School District Partner for Summer School

The South Wood County YMCA and the Nekoosa School District are partnering to offer a high-quality summer learning program for local youths, from kindergarten through seventh grade, to participate in safe and supervised enrichment learning programs and help close the achievement gap. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune



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Summer Camp Means Keeping the Brain Busy

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s Camp High Hopes tutoring program is teaching kids math, reading, character development, arts and crafts, health and wellness, and other subjects to help prevent summer slide. Winston-Salem Journal



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Lori King

Fighting Summer Slide: School, YMCA Partnership Keeps Young Minds Active

The YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo is partnering with its school district to offer summer programs that enable kids to take part in arts and crafts, physical activity and literacy. The Toledo Blade


YMCA of Greater Houston Kicks Off Biggest Ever Back-To-School Drive

In preparation for the 8th Annual YMCA Operation Backpack, Houston's largest school supply drive, the YMCA of Greater Houston is mobilizing 35 YMCAs, local companies, civic organizations and dozens of churches to help collect thousands of backpacks and school supplies for more than 45,000 children who might otherwise head back to school unprepared. The Paper Magazine



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KQED News

Sometimes When School is Out, So is the Food

The Silicon Valley YMCA is addressing child hunger in the community by working to increase the number of children who receive meals through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program.  KQED News


Hundreds of Military Families Celebrate Christmas in June

More than 650 members of families that had military members on deployment last December recently gathered at the San Diego Armed Services YMCA for the sixth annual "Christmas You Missed", giving service members a second chance to celebrate the holiday with loved ones. CBS 8/KFMB-TV



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myFOXDetroit.com

Detroit School Teaching Kids Lessons in Healthy Living

A school in one of Detroit's toughest neighborhoods is not just building stronger minds, it's laying the foundation for healthier bodies, while also helping children learn life-changing leadership and living skills. WJBK/myFoxDetroit.com


Program Keeps Students Learning

The Ozark Mountain Family YMCA in Hollister, Missouri, is partnering with the local school district to offer a program designed to curb summertime regression and keep students learning even when school isn't in session. Branson Tri-Lakes News



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YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Fleet Feet Sports Savannah Tackle Childhood Obesity by Getting Kids Moving

Children in the Y Kids Run program learn to become more physically active and reach their health goals while completing a one mile fun run. Savannah Morning News


Filling the Healthcare Void and Trying to Prevent the Conversion to Type 2 Diabetes

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is helping Americans with prediabetes make lifestyle changes to help reduce the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. The program is on the cutting edge of how healthcare will be delivered in the future. DiabetesCare.net



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The Grand Island Independent

YMCA Offering Summer F.U.E.L. for Elementary Students in G.I.

To keep kids' minds and bodies active while school is out, the YMCA in Grand Island, Nebraska, will offer an extension of its after-school program during the summer. The Fun, Unbeatable, Educational, Learning (F.U.E.L.) program will be open to 60 second- through fifth-grade students. The Grand Island Independent


Local Teens to Visit Japan through YMCA Exchange Program

Eight American teens will visit Japan this summer as part of the YMCA Big Hearts cultural exchange, where they will experience a different culture and learn more about serving one's community. Forest Park Review


Greenwood, S.C., Wins the YMCA's Fresh Page Project

Greenwood, S.C., is the winner of the National YMCA's Fresh Page Project, which sought out innovative ideas on how to improve a local community. Greenwood will use the grant to create a garden in the courtyard of the New Veteran's Affairs Building to serve the needs of local families. Greenwood Today



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Courier StaffPhotographer

Healthy Kids Day® Aims to Get Youngsters Moving this Summer

At the Black Hawk County YMCA in Waterloo, Iowa, kids enjoy a Saturday afternoon filled with face painting, games, martial arts demonstrations and healthy snacks, all meant to get kids' bodies and minds moving in time for summer to keep them healthy. WCFCourier.com



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White Plains Y Keeps Kids Active, Raises Funds

At the White Plains YMCA's Healthy Kids Day® on April 28, children played Frisbee and rode tricycles while adults participated in the White Plains Chrysler Jeep Dodge sponsored Drive and Ride Event, helping to raise funding for YMCA summer camp, early child care and after school programs. The Daily White Plains


Healthy Kids Day at the Northshore YMCA Saturday

The Y in Bothell, Wash., is joining more than 1,900 Ys across the country in celebrating YMCA's Healthy Kids Day® on April 28, with giveaways and fun family activities to improve their health and well-being. Woodinville Patch


The Y Takes On Diabetes

A new health program being rolled out at YMCAs across the country shows the potential for a community-based organization to deliver a nationwide health-care intervention. Wall Street Journal



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Naples YMCA Opens Doors to Families Struggling to Remain in a Home

The Y's Open Doors program offers free three-month memberships with a variety of services for homeless students and their families. Naples Daily News


For Getting Fit, They Fit Well

A program at the Hanover YMCA pairs volunteer coaches with disabled workout partners to help them reach their fitness goals. Boston Globe



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West Broad Street YMCA Adds Books, Reading Opportunities for Kids

As part of its commitment to help kids enhance their reading skills, the West Broad Street YMCA in Savannah, Ga., holds a book drive to provide more resources at its onsite library. Savannah Morning News


YMCA Teaches Kids Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Children attending Spring Break Camp at the Fowler YMCA learn the importance of developing healthy eating habits. Peachtree Corners Patch



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Kids Keep it Cooking at the Rye YMCA

In Rye, N.Y., elementary school children in the Rye YMCA's afterschool cooking class learn the importance of nutrition and how cooking meals can be both fun – and healthy. The Daily Rye


Wichita Teens Get a Head Start on Life After High School at YMCA

The Downtown YMCA's High School Job Prep program is helping teens learn essential job seeking and financial planning skills, giving them the confidence to enter and excel in the workplace. KSN TV


Mommy & Me Classes Have Lots of Benefits

The Y of Central Maryland teaches safety skills and swim lessons to kids, while offering the opportunity for moms to spend time and bond with their children — in the water. ABC 2 News


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

From giving youth the opportunity to thrive to teaching people how to make positive lifestyle changes, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is helping improve the lives of kids, adults and families by working alongside and receiving support from members of the community. Blue Ribbon News


Dunbar Center Partners with YMCA

A partnership aimed at strengthening community, the YMCA of Greater Springfield in Massachusetts has teamed up with a local community center to help provide a nurturing, safe environment for youth. WWLP-TV


Lauderhill Kids Fighting to Be the Voice Of Change

A group of students in Lauderhill, Florida, has taken matters into its own hands to stop the violence and bullying they have experienced on their way to school, with help from the Lauderhill Community YMCA. CBS Miami



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The Way of the Y

In Northwest North Carolina, there is something unique and special about the Y that appeals to children, adults and seniors, whether it's the abundance of programs and amenities or just the sense of belonging to a community. Winston-Salem Monthly



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The First Lady Talks Healthy Families at the Homestead YMCA Family Center

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of Lets Move!, first lady Michelle Obama joined a panel of experts, including the Y's National Director for Health and Well-being Jim Kauffmann, for the WebMD Town Hall: Simple Tips for Healthy Families at the Homestead YMCA Family Center in Homestead, Fla. Click here to watch the panel discuss ways of helping families live healthier. Click here


Raritan Bay Area YMCA to Open Doors to 7th-Graders on Weekends

In an effort to help shape seventh-grade students' lifestyle habits early on, area students will have unlimited access to the facilities at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA in New Jersey for free as part of a statewide YMCA program. MyCentralJersey.com



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YMCA Continues to Help Haiti

A longtime arm of support in Haiti before the devastating earthquake of January 2010, the Ridgewood YMCA and its World Service Committee expands its presence in the island nation for the indefinite future, starting with a clothing drive. The Ridgewood News



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Mentor Program Thrives at YMCA

It's the latter part of January but there is still time for residents to do their part for National Mentoring Month. But even past January, YMCA employees and volunteers say any time is a good time to become a mentor to an at-risk youth. Ahwatukee Foothills News


YMCA Summer Camp Keeps Children Active After Dad Loses Job

The Staten Island Family YMCA provides support to help a family who's struggling to make ends meet put their kids through YMCA camp. Staten Island Advance


YMCA Keeping Kids Active in the Winter

The YMCA swim team is helping youth stay active and escape the cold with an indoor swimming pool. WLUC-TV6


YMCA of Broward County Hosts Inspirational Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

The YMCA of Broward County will host its "Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Breakfast," which will feature keynote speaker J.R. Martinez, Iraq war veteran, inspirational speaker and winner of "Dancing with the Stars." South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Experiencing Government First-Hand

Students from the Southeast Area YMCA Youth in Government group gain valuable knowledge as they re-enact the world of government and politics at the state Capitol. Woodbury Bulletin


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