Media Coverage

How the Y provides community for a teen struggling with homelessness

At age 17, Guillermo Hercules has already lived in more than 20 different places. But the Y gives him support and community, and he says that’s something than can benefit people of all ages. TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones sat down with him and with Y spokesperson Jane Lynch. (By TODAY with our sponsor the Y)

Today Show

December 21, 2017

Actor Jane Lynch talking to 17 year old Guillermo Hercules

How Seniors Can Combat Isolation

As seniors combat feeling isolated, many are finding community at their local YMCAs. 



Chicago Tribune

December 14, 2017

Image of yoga class with several participants, with older woman in the foreground.

YMCA program aimed at reversing the 'summer slide' seems worthy of repeating and, hopefully, expanding

The Lancaster Family YMCA, with help from the national organization Building Educated Leaders for Life, may have found an answer to the so-called “summer slide.” 

Lancaster Online

December 02, 2017

Students from Lancaster's King and Carter & MacRae participated in the Lancaster Family YMCA's Power Scholars Academy

The Importance of National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Before you assume this is another made-up holiday created just to post an image on social media, think again. There are some major reasons why National Diabetes Awareness Month is important – 114 million reasons, to be exact. That’s because 114 million represents the number of Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes.

U.S. News & World Report

November 02, 2017

Close up of hands administering blood glucose test

YMCA of the USA and MCS Foundation Launch Campaign in Support of YMCAs Affected by Hurricanes in Puerto Rico

MCS Foundation will match donations for disaster relief efforts aimed at helping individuals, families and the communities served through the YMCAs in Puerto Rico. 

YMCA of the USA

October 19, 2017

Opinion: Tax Reform Has Potential To Unlock Giving

Tax reform is once again the focus of many discussions, debates and deliberations taking place on Capitol Hill. Considering that comprehensive federal tax reform was last enacted in in 1986, most agree that an updated tax code is needed — but not at the expense of our nation’s charities.

The NonProfit Times

October 03, 2017

Why Ethan Hawke and the YMCA Want You to Take a Selfie With Someone New

Ethan Hawke has been going to the YMCA since he was a kid — and now he’s lending his celebrity to promote the organization’s new community building initiative: Take a #SelfieWithSomeoneNew.

September 28, 2017

York hosts National Welcoming Week

The City of York and the YMCA of York are celebrating National Welcoming Week for a third year.

ABC27 News, York, PA

September 19, 2017

Getting to know the newest New Yorkers at the YMCA’s Welcoming Week

The YMCA is hosting its 6th annual Welcoming Week September 15 – 24th.  It is an opportunity to bring immigrants, refugee, and native-born residents. 


September 15, 2017

YMCA offering free showers for storm victims without power

YMCA offering free showers for storm victims without power for those affected by hurricane Irma

Fox 35 Orlando

September 15, 2017

Reflections on Charlottesville

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend were a stark reminder of the chasm between our nation’s founding ideals and present-day reality for so many Americans. Safety and happiness are out of reach for an unacceptable number of people in our communities, and sadly, there are extremists who want to keep it that way. At the Y, we resolve to be light in this darkness. 

YMCA of the USA

August 16, 2017

Cookbook Author Crusades For Millions Of Kids Who Go Hungry In Summer

During the summer, six out of seven kids no longer have access to school meal programs, leaving children unsure of when they're going to get their next meal. Learn how the Y's Summer Food Program and Leanne Brown, author of "Good and Cheap," are working to change that. 


August 04, 2017

Creative ways to teach children kindness: Painting lunchboxes and more

In a world where kindness is often overshadowed by bullying, teaching children to be thoughtful and kind isn’t easy. But parenting expert on behalf of JCPenney Meredith Sinclair is on TODAY with creative ideas, like refurbishing, packing and donating lunchboxes for families in need. (By TODAY with our sponsor JCPenney.)

August 02, 2017

Today Show with shopping cart full of lunchboxes and kids decorating them.

Watch this deserving student get a surprise makeover on her dorm room

Eighteen-year-old Pacielly Morelo is the first person in her family to go to college. Now her hard work pays off with a surprise dorm makeover, thanks to JCPenney.


July 13, 2017

Teen girl picking out bedsheets

North Y Selected for Welcome Center

The grand opening for the latest in a series of New American Welcome Centers at YMCAs across the country is set for June 20 at the North YMCA.

This Week Community News

June 02, 2017

Group of five people of various ethnic backgrounds holding small American flags

Why You Should Learn to Swim: It Could Save Your Life

Swimming is not only a recreational activity – it’s a skill that saves lives

US News and World Report

May 31, 2017

Boy in red life jacket in pool with female adult who is teaching him to swim
Getty Images

Help for Hungry Kids This Summer

Without school meals, some kids may not have enough food to eat. Here are two programs that can help in communities across the country.

May 30, 2017

Kids eating healthy food sitting at a picnic table
Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Even the youngest swimmers need safety training, and the YMCA is here to provide it

The YMCA, a longtime destination for childhood swimming lessons, is diving into new waters this year with a series of classes designed to teach pre-schoolers not just how to swim, but how to do so as safely as possible.

WCPO TV, Cincinnati

May 24, 2017

Screenshot of WCPO News "Protecting Kids in School this Summer" story with image of kids sitting on the side of a pool while an adult instructor speaks to them.

How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

A combination of healthier choices and better education can slash your risk for the disease.

US News and World Report

April 25, 2017

Close-up of feet running on pavement
Getty Images

A Court Used for Playing Hoops Since 1893. Where? Paris.

A Y.M.C.A. in France claims the oldest basketball court in in the world. But it is in no shape for regular basketball games.

The New York Times

April 16, 2017

Aerial view of basketball court
Pete Kiehart for The New York Times

How Patients Are Using Cycling to Slow Down Parkinson’s

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are finding that cycling is helping patients stop the symptoms of Parkinson's and can even do something medicine can't do. Plus how the Y is helping expand the program's reach.

NBC Nightly News

April 09, 2017

Group of people on stationary bikes
NBC News

New American Welcome Center Coming to Champaign-Urbana

A New American Welcome Center is coming to Champaign-Urbana, one of six being established this year through Y-USA. 

The News-Gazette

March 29, 2017

Despite snub, Chris Paul staying busy off the court during All-Star Weekend

Despite snub, Chris Paul staying busy off the court during All-Star Weekend

USA Today

February 17, 2017

Five people in gray Y t-shirts
Ryan Johnson, YMCA of the USA

Houston News Highlights Iraqi Refugee's Journey to U.S.

Houston's Newsmakers recently interviewed Jeff Watkins, VP of global initiatives for YMCA International and Sara Alkhafaji, an Iraqi refugee who came to the U.S. in 2016. The pair discuss Alkhafaji's journey to the States and the YMCA's work with refugees.

KPRC 2 News

February 13, 2017

Jeff Watkins and Sara Alkhafaji in a newsroom

Students Who Participate in YMCA Summer Programs Make Learning Gains

Education Week explores two academic programs offered through the Y which help students improve their reading and math skills.

Education Week

January 24, 2017

Education Week

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