Posted on April 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized

A Great 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

 Posted on April 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized

We’re Training the Future Leaders Here at the YMCA

  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 […]

 Posted on March 7th, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Youth Development

Walking the Walk

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 […]

 Posted on January 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Health and Wellness…2016

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 […]

 Posted on January 16th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Ethical, Professional, Consistent and Safe

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. […]

 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 […]

 Posted on November 17th, 2016 in News, Press, Y Arts

Y Arts Rockin’ Art Bash Featured in Detroit News

Y Arts, the arts and humanities branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, is hosting the Rockin’ Art Bash on Nov. 26. The benefit will include a screening of “Louder Than Love — The Grande Ballroom Story,” an Emmy-winning documentary produced by Detroit native Tony D’Annunzio. The film focuses on the 1960s Detroit rock scene […]

 Posted on November 16th, 2016 in Press, Press Releases, Social Responsibility, Youth Development

Sam Bernstein Law Firm Supports Detroit Swims Program for Second Year

a student in Detroit Swims

To support Detroit youth, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm has provided funding for a second year to the “Detroit Swims” program run by YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Support from The Sam Bernstein Law Firm is helping the YMCA reach its goal of teaching 1,500 children to swim each year that would not otherwise have the […]

 Posted on November 15th, 2016 in News, Press, Y Arts

Y Arts Rockin’ Art Bash Featured in Model D

louder than love

There’s lots of good reasons to attend a fundraiser for Y Arts, the arts and humanities branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Of course, it’s an opportunity to support an important arts organization. But if that’s not enough of an incentive, this year’s theme, “Y Arts’ Rockin’ Art Bash,” promises to be a thrill […]