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Congratulations on being top performers!


Our YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors is comprised of passionate community leaders who are taking action to create change in Metropolitan Detroit. Every year, our Board sets a goal of contributions they will give to the Y’s Annual Campaign, which funds initiatives that build confidence in children, introduce teens to career and college […]

Teacher of the Year encourages inner peace


Most of the bullying Michigan Teacher of the Year Melody Arabo endured did not happen until she was in middle school, which is why she was shocked when she, as an educator, saw some of her sweetest and brightest students acting as bullies in the third grade. It inspired her to author “Diary of a […]

How this Y employee is changing the game for kids with special needs


At a recent Pistons game, Mark Ralko, a personal trainer at the Birmingham Family YMCA, was recognized as a Detroit Pistons Game Changer for the incredible work he is doing in the community. Game Changers are the everyday people making a difference within their communities through service, leadership and volunteerism, and only a handful of […]

An inspiring story of healthy living


By Megan Carolin, Member of the Birmingham Family YMCA My weight loss journey began in June 2013. I was 311 pounds at 25 years old. I was experiencing headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations and general discomfort. My day-to-day life was fairly miserable. I was slow to move, often feeling run down and sick. Every day when […]

In honor of President’s Day:

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

-Abraham Lincoln

News: Detroit Swims receives $25,000 donation

Healy Harris and Youth

Featured on Local 4 video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player   Ilitich Charities donated $25,000 to the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s Swims program, which provides Detroit youth with free swimming lessons to address the fact that young people in under-served communities often do not learn critical water safety and swimming skills to keep them safe. This is the third year in a […]