“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 […]
This back-to-school season JCPenney and the YMCA of the USA are partnering to help kids reach their potential by supporting afterschool and summer learning programs as part of the Y’s overall efforts to address the academic achievement gap in communities across the country. The Y’s Academic Achievement Initiative aims to support the cognitive, social-emotional and […]
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.
Contact us to share your story. You might just be our next featured storyteller for the Y!