Astonishing Numbers, Why We Need Before and After School Care

INDIANA'S YOUTH NEEDS QUALITY CARE

The need for quality before and after school care is more important today than it ever has been, for so many reasons. BY THE NUMBERS According to the Indiana Afterschool Network, 20 percent of children in Indiana, including kindergartners, are unsu... Read More

Kids Can Explore Downtown Indy at YMCA Bike Camp

Kids Love to Bike, We Want Them to be Safe

One of the greatest joys in life is to be able to jump on a bike, especially as a kid in the summer. What’s even better? Going to a week-long Bike Camp in Downtown, where you can ride the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to parks, tour top attractions a... Read More

Swim Lessons Give Davis Confidence, Independence

Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children how to swim

In 2017, 114 people drowned in Indiana. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. and second leading cause for children ages 5 to 14. Getting his feet we... Read More

Get up and camp!

The YMCA offers several youth camps to choose from - find the right one for your family

CAMP. This word is famous to kids – but what does it really entail? Not all youth camps are the same, and summer camp at the YMCA is out of this world. Jump. Play. Swim. Learn. The YMCA offers several youth day camps. Preschool summer camp ... Read More

What Will Your Child Do Before And After School?

Hang with friends, enjoy snacks, fitness, art and more at the Y

You don’t have to worry about your children when you can’t be with them. It’s time to enroll in the 2019-20 Before & After School program. Kids get a snack, help with homework and do these fun—really fun—enrichment activities with the Y... Read More

Y Helps Place Child with Special Needs, Mother is Able to Keep Job

YMCA Before & After School Program provides a safe environment

For many parents, after school programs are a great way to keep children stimulated and busy with activity after the school day ends. But this isn’t always an option for parents of children who have special needs. Care programs for these children c... Read More

How to Survive Summer Camp Deprivation

5 tips for surviving during the camp off-season

We survived the polar vortex and snow storms, but we still have three months until camp starts. Summer camp deprivation is real, but have no fear! We’re sharing some helpful tips to survive the rest of the winter. TRY OUT YOUR TIE DYE Replace... Read More

Here’s Why Your Kid Needs Camp This Summer!

Camp is something every child should experience

We know it's crazy. It's January. It's cold. We are about as far away from summer as you can get. And we want to talk about CAMP! It's time to start talking about camp, because it will be here before you know it. And we want to make sure you are p... Read More

It’s Time to Register for Summer Camp

Now is the perfect time to make summer plans, dream of outdoor fun

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a way to fend off the winter blues—browse and register for summer camp. Registration is now open for over 150 Summer Day Camps at more than 30 locations across Central Indiana. Enrollment is also open for overn... Read More

Get a Jump Start on Education!

Get a Jump Start on Education!

Give your child the gift of learning. Early childhood education is a great way to foster a love for school and prepare for kindergarten. With more that 35 years of impact, the Baxter YMCA preschool program has been touted as one of the most success... Read More

A Brighter Future, Just Got Easier

Preschool Registration is Now Online

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW ONLINE! WE'RE HERE TO GIVE YOUR PRESCHOOLER EVERYTHING THEY NEED FOR A SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION. The YMCA at the Athenaeum offers one of the most dynamic preschool programs downtown. Our program consists of one multi-age c... Read More

YMCA Swim Club Chalks Up Win at First-Ever Home Meet

Swimmers from 5 area teams competed for a win against 9-time state champs

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (YOGI) recently hosted its first official home swim meet against the Niles Mariners of Michigan and the Michiana Stingrays at the Ransburg YMCA outdoor 50-meter Long Course pool. Swimmers of the YOGI Swim Club come from f... Read More

Play and Learn Has a New Face

Welcome Sam Irvin to Play & Learn!

Sam Irvin lives for child enrichment and development, which made accepting the position of Early Childhood Coordinator at the Ransburg YMCA an easy decision. “Kids have so much knowledge and want to teach us,” Sam said. Loving children’s pass... Read More

Have a Smashing Good Time at these Halloween Events

Have a spooky, healthy Halloween with your family

Nowhere else will you find a floating pumpkin patch, “haunted” 5K, Yoga in Catacombs and s’mores! There's no better place to celebrate Halloween than at the Y. We've got hayrides and s'mores, costume contests and candy, and all that spooky stu... Read More

Camp Facts You Need to Know

Camp facts that every parent needs to know!

Facts are proof.  Verifiable, evidence based proof.  I think they are great. I love facts. But truth be told, they are a little boring. In fact they are quite dry. And without proper context, you get the bare bones information you need. We miss ... Read More

Camp: It’s Not Just For Campers

The good, the bad, and the incredible about working at camp.

I would like to tell you working camp smells like roses, is perfect every day, and that you can reasonably expect to know what will happen every time you show up to work. But, alas, this is not true. Camp is tricky, sticky, and full of terrors. But... Read More

Summer Day Camp

Why we all need camp in our lives!

Waking up while it’s still dark outside. Turning on the news and seeing another single digits forecast. When will the two hour delays end!?!? It feels like it’s been winter forever. It’s hard to remember those warm, sunny summer days. Well, ... Read More

Intercollegiate Y is looking for AmeriCorps Members

Be A Servant Leader In Your Community

Looking for a way to be a servant leader in your community? The Intercollegiate YMCA is looking for people to work as an AmeriCorps Member serving youth in the Indianapolis area. AmeriCorps Members commit their time to address critical community nee... Read More

Choose Your Adventure!

Spend the BEST SUMMER EVER with the Y!

Check out our Summer Camp Guide to start planning the BEST SUMMER EVER! From archery, to arts & crafts, to aquatics, it's up to YOU to decide what your adventure will be this summer. No matter what you choose, you will make new friends and tr... Read More

SWIM SAFETY = FUN SUMMER

Join the Ben Harrison Swim Program

There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating... Read More