At age 17, Guillermo Hercules has already lived in more than 20 different places. But the Y gives him support and community, and he says that’s something than can benefit people of all ages. USA Today is helping us share his story.
Here’s a fantastic story. Involves a collaboration with The Children’s Center and some hard work by our Detroit Swims program. Sort of why we do what we do…. Thanks Peter and Robin, thanks to the hard-working Board of the Boll YMCA and thanks Irfan for being my new hero. Everyday Heroes: Irfan
We recently took a contingent of future leaders from Detroit to the Youth in Government conference in Washington, D.C. Our staff member, Kiylise Crutchfield blogged at the Skillman Foundation website about the experience. Check out our star, Da Vante Cole from Cody, a future leader of our country. He’s front and center in the […]
This past year has been one for the records. We have made some structural changes that are presenting our staff with opportunities to do things in new and creative ways with fewer resources. Folks at the Y understand that “creative” in fact means “with less resources”. We continue to do great work for our communities […]
Basketball Weightlifting Do these create memories for you? Is this the Y? Let me introduce you to some new programs: Blood Pressure Management An evidence based program that may lower blood pressure and combines personalized support from a Healthy Heart Ambassador with nutritional education. Moving for Better Balance The principles and movements of Tai Chi […]
Last week it was my honor to spend time with a former Chief Justice for the State of Michigan, Conrad Mallett. Justice Mallett spoke with high regard of the impact the YMCA had on his personal life while growing up in Detroit. He mentioned programming and in particular, how programming at the Y is special. […]
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 […]
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!