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Alpaca my bags and head to Ohiyesa


Meet Camp Ohiyesa’s two newest residents: Percy and Louie the alpacas. They are 8 and 2 years old, and we’re so excited to get to know them. Stop on by YMCA Camp Ohiyesa this fall to say hi! A special thank you to AJ Alpaca Farm in Holly for making this possible.

Community Financial donates $1,000 to Girls on the Run!

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Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit would like to extend a big thank you to Community Financial for their gift of $1,000! Because of Community Financial’s Summer of Sharing Campaign, more girls in the Metro Detroit area will have the opportunity to learn positive lessons about physical, emotional, […]

News: Livonia YMCA gives kids place to go after summer school


Featured on With the help of funds donated by the Livonia Kids and Families Foundation, 65 children attended summer camp at the Livonia Family YMCA after summer school let out each day for four weeks, from July 6 to July 30. The Livonia Kids and Families Foundation provided $11,000 to kick off this program […]

Camp Baldwin-Phoenix Food Partnership

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By Lauren Fuller The summer is off to a “fresh” start for 65 children in Pontiac thanks to Camp Baldwin-Phoenix. The partnership between the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the Baldwin Center, an area human service agency, is in its 3rd year, allowing underserved students in Pontiac the opportunity to attend a 7 week academic […]

Food Garden Teaches Kids About the Importance of Healthy Eating


By Jennifer Paffi For the second year in a row, the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is partnering with the Detroit Leadership Academy to provide our Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, commonly known as Y Readers. This is also the second year that we have partnered with Wayne State’s FoodCorps to provide science and nutrition lessons […]

Nissokone has a new look!

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The dining hall is one of the most frequented buildings at YMCA Camp Nissokone. It’s where campers come together to share meals, form friendships, and reflect on the experiences of camp with one another. Camp Nissokone has become such a popular summer destination that, earlier this year, it set up a fundraising site to raise […]

News: Initiative in Detroit to encourage kids to get outdoors


As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards and inspire millions of young adults to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors, Shawn Blanchard from Mayor Duggan’s Office joined Kristen Sarri, Principal Deputy Assistant […]

A real hero


By Lori Mabee, Senior Program Director, South Oakland Family YMCA I’m the sweeper for our Girls on the Run & STRIDE 5K, which means I’m the last person to finish the race, making sure everyone finishes safely. The program is about building character and confidence in young boys and girls over a period of 10 […]

More kids will go to summer camp thanks to the Birmingham Rotary!


On June 29, the Birmingham Rotary Club gave the Birmingham Family YMCA a gift of $2,500 toward the Annual Campaign, which will help send more kids to summer day camp this year. Our summer day camp program brings kids from all walks of life together so they can experience adventure, accomplishment and belonging while learning new skills and […]