This past year has been one for the records. We have made some structural changes that are presenting our staff with opportunities to do things in new and creative ways with fewer resources. Folks at the Y understand that “creative” in fact means “with less resources”. We continue to do great work for our communities […]
During this season of giving, the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit continues to focus on building better communities and a better us. For the past 3 years the YMCA’s Healthy Living and Life Skills branch has provided fresh holiday baskets with a handwritten holiday card to families in need within our communities. The purpose of the […]
To support Detroit youth, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm has provided funding for a second year to the “Detroit Swims” program run by YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Support from The Sam Bernstein Law Firm is helping the YMCA reach its goal of teaching 1,500 children to swim each year that would not otherwise have the […]
“Middle school was not my favorite time. It was hard if you didn’t have something to be involved in. One day you have a friend, the next day she hates you.” Lindsay’s feelings on middle school are much like every middle schooler’s experience. As a young girl Lindsay’s parents enrolled her in a variety of […]
It’s been about a year our HEPA team implemented the CATCH curriculum into Afterschool and Camp programs, and we have seen some great preliminary results! Our preliminary results show that: 74% of students showed improvement in nutrition or physical activity knowledge 71% of students reported improvement in physical activity, nutritional, or screen time habits 97% […]
Discovering potential every day At the Y we believe that every kid is full of potential just waiting to be unleashed! We also believe that summer camp is one of the greatest places to discover this. Here’s just a few of the reasons why: Personal Development – Camp helps kids physically, socially and emotionally. Exploration […]
Kylie Ryan is a courageous girl that participated in Girls on the Run during the Spring 2016 season. Kylie exemplified what it is to be a “Girl on the Run” over the summer as she raised $225 for the program by creating fun chalk drawings for her neighbors. “My mom suggested that I put my […]
“It’s amazing to see something that is intended to bring joy,” she says of the Detroit Creativity Project. “A lot of these kids we serve have a lot of challenges in their daily life. A class (that has a) by-product of (making) you laugh can be kind of a godsend.” -Margaret Edwartowski, Y Arts Executive […]
In some way or another, our lives have been touched by the three things that make the Y community so strong: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. By listening to each other's stories, we're able to catch a glimpse of all the hope, strength, and determination across southeast Michigan and how everyone's living the Y's values.
Your Y. Your Camera. Your Story. Now, it's your turn.
Do you have a Y story that's changed your life? If so, pick up your camera—any camera: a digital device, smart phone, or tablet—send your video, share your story, and show us how the Y's helped benefit you and your community.
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