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News: Community, organizers to celebrate 50 years at the Y

Julie Shepherd, of West Bloomfield, swims in an intermediate water aerobics class at the Farmington Family YMCA on April 10.	(Photo by Deb Jacques, C and G News.)

Featured in the Farmington Press By Sherri Kolade FARMINGTON HILLS — It all started a little over half a century ago, when the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit decided to form a branch in Farmington Hills in 1965. Since then, thousands of families and youth have called the Farmington Family YMCA home, including longtime member […]

A voice for those who have no voice


By Sharon Peterson, Mission Resources Director at the Carls Family YMCA I would like to tell you about my friend Bert. Bert is 87 years old. I first met Bert when we opened our full facility, 13 years ago this May. He was a board member. The first campaign I ever worked on, Bert was […]

Changing more kids’ lives in 2015


We are thrilled to announce that Girls on the Run and STRIDE are serving more than 3,036 kids this season across Metropolitan Detroit! That’s a 30 percent increase over last year’s program participation, and a 200 percent increase over 2012. Additionally, Girls on the Run and STRIDE expanded to 43 new schools and 9 new […]

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 […]

News: YMCA Detroit Elects New Board Leadership

New Board Chair James M. Nicholson, left,  and Immediate Past Chair William Erken, right, for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors.

Featured in DBusiness The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit announced the election of new officers for a two-year term to its historic Board of Directors. James M. Nicholson, vice president, PVS Chemicals, Inc., has been elected as the 54th Chair of the Board in its 163 years of existence.   Following two […]

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 […]