Do you have a Y story that has changed your life? If a story about the Y has meaning for you and you’re willing to tell it, then we believe it’s worth hearing. Your story—whether it’s about you, the people you know, or an entire community—has the potential to motivate others with real-life tales of how the Y not only promises, but also delivers positive change.
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 […]
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 […]
Featured on Fox 2 Deena Centofanti, Health Reporter at Fox 2, stopped at Webber Elementary in Lake Orion to tell the story of Girls on the Run and how it teaches girls lifelong skills about confidence and independence.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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