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YMCA Preschoolers Help Feed the Hungry

This holiday season, the children of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA’s preschool program have been focusing on the joys of giving to others.

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December 20, 2013

Kids standing next to a food pantry

Pilot Program Hopes to Prevent Diabetes in Delaware

The success of the YMCA of Delaware’s diabetes prevention program has sparked interest from the American Medical Association, which has chosen the First State for a pilot program aimed at improving the health of people with prediabetes.

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December 20, 2013

Paige Seppanen works out in Bear last year as part of a diabetes prevention program offered through the YMCA.
Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal

Volunteers Hand Out 2,800 Turkey Dinners

In spirit of giving back to the community, the North Valley Family YMCA in Porter Ranch provided thousands of San Fernando Valley families with turkey dinners. Opens in a new window Post-Periodical

December 17, 2013

YMCA's Teen Leaders Club Helping Young Adults Do More

One 13-year old in Bristol, Tenn., recently went from being a member of the YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club to becoming its president...learning key skills along the way.

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November 29, 2013

Boy smiling
Andre Teague/BHC

YMCA College Storytelling Aims to Inspire Youth

In an effort to motivate high schoolers, the YMCA of Greater New York recently launched the Path to College campaign, an online storytelling initiative for YMCA members to share their tales of success. Opens in a new window Greenpoint Star

November 22, 2013

Rye Y Offers Healthier Food Choices in Kids Programs

When it comes to nutrition, the Rye YMCA is providing healthier alternatives to popular snacks. The Y is implementing healthier eating and physical activity standards for its Kindertime and After School programs.

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November 21, 2013

Two girls eating fruit kabobs
The Daily Voice/Rye YMCA

YMCA Preschools Fill a Need By Trying to Close Education Gap

Research is in on the importance of early childhood education, but it remains out of reach for many. So people such as Sally Cicotte and YMCAs in low-income communities across the country are doing what they can, with the collaboration of the mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors who take care of babies and preschoolers all day.

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October 23, 2013

Sally Cicotte leads circle time at a YMCA early learning readiness program in Federalsburg, Md
Renee Schoof/MCT

Feelin’ Good—Sixth-Graders Get Moving in Y Program

A YMCA program at the Butte Family YMCA in Montana is teaching children about the importance of teamwork, self esteem and healthy lifestyles.

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October 15, 2013

kids playing in gym near a volleyball neat
Angela Brandt/The Montana Standard

Young Leaders Go Global

Studying or even just traveling in a different country usually is a big eye-opener. This week’s FOX 4 Young Achievers from the YMCA sure had their eyes opened — along with their minds — this summer in Europe as they joined youth from 62 nations for an 11-day global conference. And in the process, they became leaders of the world, bringing understanding and solutions back home to Kansas City. Opens in a new window

October 07, 2013

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Soni Spends Day with Darien YMCA Piranhas

It's not every day a three-time Olympic gold medalist breezes through town. It's even more of a rarity to be taught by one, so the members of the Darien YMCA Piranhas weren't about to miss the chance to hit the pool with Rebecca Soni on Saturday at the Darien YMCA.

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October 01, 2013

Kids standing by pool watching Rebecca Soni
Amy Kiser

How to Kick-Start Your Kid's Healthy School Year

The trifecta—nutrition, education and exercise — are essential to helping children succeed in and out of the classroom. YMCA of the USA's Dr. Matt Longjohn offers tips on how families can encourage physical activity and learning now and throughout the school year. Opens in a new window

September 09, 2013

Local Teens Attend YMCA Festival in Prague

Four teens of the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA in Westborough were among thousands of young people from across the world who attended the YMCA “Love 2 Live” European Festival from Aug. 4 to 10 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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August 27, 2013

Teens standing in front of a cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic

Program Helps Young Readers Get Up to Speed

Nearly 50 rising 1st-3rd graders with low reading scores have been participating this summer in Lincoln County’s second annual Y Readers program at Iron Station Elementary School.

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August 19, 2013

An instructor shares a story with students as part of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s ‘Y Readers’ program.
Jenna-Ley Harrison / Lincoln Times-News

Back to School: Swimming 101

Swimming isn't just for summer fun; it’s also a great cardio workout. However, many adults live life cautiously on the pool's edge – simply because they never learned how to swim. HLN's Weekend Express visits the Y to take a closer look at some "adult-only" classes and the students who are facing new challenges. Opens in a new window

August 15, 2013

One Chicago YMCA is Helping Kids Build Healthy Meals and Healthy Habits

Cooking Light takes a look at how the McCormick Tribune YMCA of Metro Chicago is helping kids feed hungry kids healthy foods while teaching them the value of eating right. Opens in a new window Cooking Light

August 08, 2013

Read By Third Grade, Or Face Consequences

YMCA of Greater Charlotte is hosting a discussion about the about the impact of the N.C. Read to Achieve program that works to ensure that every student is reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The Charlotte Observer wrote a nice piece about the importance of reading and its long term impact on students. Opens in a new window The Charlotte Observer

August 07, 2013

Merrimack Farm Camp Teaches Children Responsibility

Bri Lafoe grew up on a farm and still lives on one today, raising and rescuing animals and growing fresh produce. This summer, Lafoe decided to bring the farm to her campers at Merrimack’s Camp Sargent, a program of the local YMCA, hosting a barn of goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks at the day camp to provide a learning experience for the kids.

Opens in a new window The Telegraph

July 22, 2013

Three girls feeding ducks
Danielle Curtis/The Telegraph

YMCA Youth Garden Provides Play and Learning

Through community collaborations, youth participating in childcare programing at the Y have an opportunity to play in the dirt while also learning about growing their food.

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July 19, 2013

Kids approaching a table with food outside
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Young at Heart: Nonagenarians Find Longevity at YMCA

Jim Wilson is the first one in at the Y each day, where he rides the stationary bike and walks on the treadmill – at 97 years old.

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July 11, 2013

Jim Wilson, 97, exercising on a stationary bike
Alan Rogers/Star-Tribune

6-year-old Decides to Help Out the Y with Lemonade Stand

Mary Burke Smith has gotten a lot out of her time at the Rome-Floyd County YMCA so she decided to give some back: the 6-year-old set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the Y and help others.

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June 12, 2013

Girl sitting behind red cooler
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YMCA Teens Return to New Orleans to Help Rebuild

The Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders Club visited New Orleans to help fix homes, repair gardens and offer maintenance, resources, services and many helping hands.

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June 03, 2013

Teen girls painting walls
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Engaging Kids in Activities and Healthy Eating

Seven-year-old Josiah Smith eats his vegetables. His friend, Ryan Lakedawala, 8, likes to run. Smith and Lakedawala were just two of dozens of children at the DeLand Family YMCA on Saturday running, jumping and having a ball during Healthy Kids Day. Opens in a new window The Daytona Beach News-Journal

May 02, 2013

Leaders Club Teaches Positive Life Skills

The East Pasco Family YMCA’s Leaders Club is providing high school students with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development. Opens in a new window The Tampa Bay Online

April 15, 2013

YMCA Teens Take First International Service Trip

YMCA teens in Massachusetts traveled with Y staff to Nicaragua, where the group worked on a reforestation project to bring more clean water to the area. Opens in a new window Marblehead Reporter

March 26, 2013

Michael Jordan Visits Schools, Announces $200,000 Gift to YMCA

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth announce a $200,000 sponsorship of Y Achievers, a national YMCA program that helps youth succeed in school through character and leadership development, career and college preparation, and academic enrichment. Read more about Y Achievers programs.

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March 22, 2013

In Photo (L – R): Rufus, Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan, FOX Sports South Senior Vice President and General Manager Jeff Genthner, YMCA of Greater Charlotte President Andy Calhoun, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison. Credit: Whitney Gray Photography
Whitney Gray Photography

YMCA Afterschool Participant Testifies Before Congress

A YMCA afterschool program participant testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies about the criticial role afterschool programs play in supporting youth and working families. Opens in a new window Read more.

March 13, 2013

YMCA Offers a Jump Start

Students in Adrian Public Schools are being challenged to step up their physical education through Jump Start to P.L.A.Y., a free program offered at the YMCA of Lenawee County in Adrian, Mich., after school each day. Opens in a new window The Daily Telegram

March 04, 2013

YMCA Camps Build Friendships, Promote Health

As the summer camp season approaches, camps in North Carolina can offer youth a variety of activities and opportunities of exploration, building on a longtime tradition of camping at the Y. Opens in a new window The Herald Weekly

February 12, 2013

Young Professionals Group to Help the YMCA

A group of young, civic-minded professionals join together to help the YMCA of Broward County provide support to the community and participate in service projects around kids’ health and drowning prevention. Opens in a new window South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 07, 2013

Injured Vets to Dive into Scuba Lessons at Belvidere YMCA

A new event at the Belvidere Family YMCA in Rockford, Ill., looks to help wounded veterans build confidence and explore new things, such as learning scuba diving skills from certified divers. Opens in a new window Rockford Register Star

January 31, 2013

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