Posted on January 10th, 2017 in Metro Youth YMCA, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Y Arts

We Give Hope

As CEO, I’m often asked to provide an abridged statement on the impact of what we accomplish at the Y. Everyone wants the 30 minute “elevator speech”, tough to do when we do so much for so many.  So let’s talk about kids in Detroit and let’s talk 2016…. Through our Detroit Swims initiative, we taught […]

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 Posted on August 18th, 2015 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Youth Development

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

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, […]

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 Posted on July 10th, 2015 in Healthy Living, South Oakland Family YMCA, Youth Development

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 […]

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 Posted on April 6th, 2015 in Youth Development

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 […]

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 Posted on March 27th, 2015 in Youth Development

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 […]

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