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An Open Letter to New and Returning Campers

Camp Director Brian Shelley Is Excited about Summer Day Camp, Are You?

Dear Campers, (Moms and Dads, you can read this, too.) I know it’s April, and your calendars are counting down. Many of you have just finished Spring Break, but I cannot contain myself any more. I am about to BURST! I have been holding on to s... Read More

Back-to-Back Job Fairs at the YMCA May 2 and 3

Citywide Job Fair May 2, Summer Aquatics Hiring Fair May 3

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a Citywide Job Fair to fill more than 600 positions from 4 – 6 p.m. at all 12 YMCA locations in Central Indiana on May 2. The Y will also host a Summer Aquatics Hiring Fair to fill 250 lifeguard and 65 swi... Read More

New College Grad Relearns How to Walk, Talk, Drive after Traumatic Brain Injury

Sam's Story

Two Long Years Later, Sam is a Wellness Coach at the Benjamin Harrison Y After graduating from IUPUI, Samantha Schultz went on a vacation that changed her life forever. On Sept. 11, 2016, she and her friend put on helmets and set out on a downhill... Read More

Jordan Y Member Goes From ‘Can’t Tie Shoes’ to Ironman

Former Competitive Swimmer Gains Confidence, Loses Weight with MultiFit

After years of continual weight gain, one morning I realized that a change needed to happen after I had trouble with the simple task of tying my shoe. Having been a competitive swimmer in the distant past, it seemed natural to start out swimming agai... Read More

Day Camps: What’s New and What Will Be Most Fun

Day Camp Will Be More Fun Than Ever this Summer!

It’s no secret. I love summer camp. Every little detail of it. It falls during my favorite season. I love the sound of the opening ceremony heard from a distance and the booming sound of the opening ceremony songs up close. I love the dancing, the ... Read More

Young Basketball Player Regains Ability to Walk


Jeremiah has always had a love for basketball. Since 2012, he's been a member of the Ransburg YMCA and in a basketball league. He would come into the Y’s doors every day with a big smile on his face, excited about the upcoming practice or game. ... Read More

IPS Students Show Resilience in Y’s Essay Contest

From loss of a parent, cross-country moves, illness and divorce, Indianapolis Public Schools students stay positive

Students in the 7th and 8th grade were asked to describe in 300 words or less a time when change occurred that they thought was going to be horrible, only to turn out for the best. Teachers narrowed entries to the top dozen for each grade for the 43r... Read More

Be Part of Our Team!

Now registering for Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Track and Volleyball!

At the Baxter YMCA, everyone plays! Spring sports teams are now forming, so register early and save your spot!... Read More

Meet the Trainers

Our Personal Trainers are here to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

Whether you’re a new exerciser seeking a path to fitness, a lapsed exerciser trying to get back in shape, or a fit competitor looking to increase your edge, the YMCA Personal Training Program will get you results. Your nationally certified trainer ... Read More

Teens, College Students Can Explore the World on Spring Break

College tours, service trip, volunteering, jobs and learning a lifesaving skill are on the Spring Break docket

In addition to being a great place to get fit and meet new friends, the YMCA offers teens and college students opportunities to have a meaningful, productive Spring Break. From college tours of six East Coast universities to helping children in Jama... Read More

F.I.T. (Fun Inclusive Training) Program brought to you by the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay and Special Olympics Indiana

Diversity, Inclusion and Community start at the YMCA!

F.I.T. (Fun Inclusive Training) Program The Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay is partnering with Special Olympics Indiana to kick off an amazing new partnership we’re calling Fun, Inclusive Training or the F.I.T. program and we need YOUR help! Thi... Read More

YMCA Keeps Kids Busy Over Spring Break

Kids can swim, play ball, canoe, dive for eggs, learn to cook and more at camps and classes

The YMCA has plenty of options to keep kids and families busy over Spring Break. The 12 area YMCAs are open every day. Classes, camps and hundreds of events and activities can help kids make the most of their time away from school. Day passes are als... Read More

Schedule Downtown Classes Ahead with MINDBODY App

MINDBODY Questions Answered Here!

We’re here to help you navigate MINDBODY, a new booking tool for the downtown Indy YMCAs. MINDBODY is an online scheduling tool that you can use to check out the most up to date group exercise class options at the three Downtown YMCA centers. ... Read More

Schedule Downtown Classes Ahead with MINDBODY App

MINDBODY Questions Answered Here!

We’re here to help you navigate MINDBODY, a new booking tool for the downtown Indy YMCAs.   MINDBODY is an online scheduling tool that you can use to check out the most up to date group exercise class options at the three Downtown YMCA... Read More

YMCA Taught Julia Shirley How to Fight for What She Wants

Y’s Higher Ed, Youth & Government Programs Gave Her Confidence, New Skills

High school senior Julia Shirley says, “The Avondale Meadows YMCA has had a huge impact on my life.” The active young adult explains more about the Y’s impact and how it’s helped shape her future… From nervous to comfortable The programs ... Read More

For Six Years, Angie Has Been a Star Role Model at the YMCA

Special Olympics athlete is a reliable, hard worker with a positive attitude

You may have seen this smiling face as you walk the halls of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA. Angie has been an employee for six years now. Because of her love of kids, she began her Y career in the Before & After School program. Angie has also wor... 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

Schedule Downtown Classes Ahead with MINDBODY App

MINDBODY Questions Answered Here!

WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE MINDBODY, A NEW BOOKING TOOL FOR THE DOWNTOWN INDY YMCAS.   MINDBODY is an online scheduling tool that you can use to check out the most up to date group exercise class options at the three Downtown YMCA... 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, our preschool program has been touted as one of the most success programs on t... Read More

Aloha Run

Aloha Run

BUY THREE, GET ONE FREE! Now, you can register three or more family members for the Aloha Run and get one additional Aloha Run registration FREE. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Early registration is open through April 21! Join us for the third annual Al... Read More

Meet the Teachers

Meet our preschool teachers

Meet the Baxter YMCA preschool teachers. No matter which class you choose, your child will discover how wonderful learning can be!... Read More

Cancer survivor discovers healthy living is the best medicine

Cancer survivor discovers healthy living is the best medicine

When Sara Buchwald found out that she had breast cancer, it could have stopped her in her tracks, but her strong will and positive attitude sent her down the path to finding a cure. With careful consideration, Sara chose to have a double mastectom... Read More

Family finds escape at the Baxter Y while battling cancer

Family finds escape at the Baxter Y while battling cancer

The Tucker family has a history at the Baxter YMCA. Tarah grew up attending Y programs, and now brings her husband, Ben, and three children, Caleb, Grace, and Luke, here as well. Caleb was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and their world turned upsid... Read More

Alarmed by Doctor’s Warning, Bass Went from 295 to 165 Pounds

Success Attributed to Daily Workouts, Ditching Junk Food for Veggies

“Sheer determination and God’s support gave me the strength to be healthy and active again,” says Kevin Bass. Kevin Bass has been a member at the Ransburg YMCA since the summer of 2017. He loves the friendly atmosphere and courteous staff. Kev... Read More

Help a Cancer Survivor. Raise Money for LIVESTRONG

Pedal with a purpose at Cycle-A-Thon

Are you a cancer survivor? Do you have a friend or family member who was impacted by cancer? Honor him or her by participating in our Cycle-A-Thon on February 24. The event benefits our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and enables cancer survivors to p... Read More

Adopting a Dog Inspired Tara to Run

Personal Trainer Helped Tara "Get on Track" for Mini-Marathon

Tara spent her life being amongst the weakest of her peers, but adopting a dog in October of 2016 inspired her to start running, since she loved to run. She joined the YMCA about that time, and signed up for the mini-marathon training program as ... Read More

Volunteering Helped Tammy with Physical, Mental Outlook

Make the Y Your Second Home - Volunteer!

Tammy Shook joined the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA through the Silver Sneakers program and instantly felt like she found a second home. “From the first time I walked through the door, everyone was so helpful, and I never felt out of place.” ... Read More

Have College Students Spring Clean for You!

Gardening, weeding, painting and more—Intercollegiate YMCA is ready to help

For a recommended donation of $175 - $500, you can tap into UIndy, Butler, IUPUI and Ivy Tech students and other volunteer groups to Spring Clean for you. Four dates available April 7 April 14 April 21 April 28 Register for Spring C... Read More

Families, Couples, Daddies & Daughters Can Dance the Night Away

Celebrate your love at the YMCA

School gyms aren’t the only place to slow dance with your sweetheart. Eight area YMCAs are hosting Valentine’s dances for families Feb. 9 and 16—the affordable kind. Each of the dances (except at the Baxter YMCA) are open to the public. Admi... Read More

Cyndi Rebounds from Broken Ankle, Compound Leg Fracture

With hardly a limitation after personal training, Cyndi takes long-planned National Parks trip

The following is the story of Fishers YMCA Member Cyndi, and her journey back from a difficult ankle injury. Cyndi was able to walk again thanks to her hard work and dedication to staying fit. The story was submitted as part of the "Inspire Us" serie... Read More

Inspiring Others

Overcoming Challenges

Chris Carron realized that he needed to be in good health for his work and every day life. His past knee injuries and a lifetime of insulin-dependent diabetes was taking a toll on his health. Carron is either sitting at his desk all day or climbing t... Read More

Inspired to Make Change

"Inspire Us" Contest Winner, David Georg

Fishers Y member David Georg was selected as the "Inspire Us" story winner from the Fishers YMCA. I have been overweight most of my life and I developed high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and I am a type two diabetic. I joined Weightwatchers a... Read More

Now registering for Swim Lessons!

Jump in with group or private swim lessons

When it comes to swimming, safety is always our priority! Our lessons are designed for all levels and ages. We even offer group or private lessons to fit your schedule!... 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

Less Like a Class. More Like a Team.

Irsay Family Y - Small Group Training

One of the hardest things about exercise is sticking with it. Research has shown that exercising in a group -- having a SUPPORT SYSTEM -- is one of the most effective ways to prevent “drop out.” YMCA Small Group Training (SGT) offers a small grou... Read More

Sherrie Overcomes Challenges of Lupus, Kidney Disease

Trainer Marla Pushes with Caring, Compassion

"I discovered I had lupus when I was 22 years old and a year later had kidney disease. Due to the demands of the everyday life of being a mother, this new normal meant I needed help with my poor diet, lack of exercise, and desire for a healthier life... Read More

I’m a Y Member…Now What?

We are so happy that you decided to join the Y!

We are so happy that you decided to join our YMCA!  The staff, volunteers, and your fellow members welcome you to the Fishers YMCA, and we are so glad that you are part of our YMCA Family! The Fishers YMCA is a charitable organization with a miss... Read More

Oh, the weather outside is…

We're here for you when the weather gets bad!

When inclement weather is heading towards Indianapolis, we know the stress this can cause for families! Parents can't always take a snow day! The Y is here when families need us, including during school delays, early releases, and snow days! Please... Read More

Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions!

We're here to help!

Millions of Americans set resolutions at this time of year. I'm sure you've even got a few jotted down. You've made that first step, now let the YMCA help you keep those resolutions. Watch this clip from RTV-6 and check out the info below! Keep ... Read More

Meet Alyssa

There when families need it most.

Alyssa is a single parent to four children under the age of 11. After moving to Indiana from Florida, Alyssa was struggling. With no family around, she lacked a support system to help raise her family. She often questioned how she was going to pay he... Read More

Make 2018 Your Year

Find Fitness and Community at the Fishers Y

The new year brings with it moments of self-reflection.  Often, that reflection leads to "resolutions" for personal and professional change.   While resolutions are important - and can be motivating - we believe that life-long change is more than ... Read More

Recovering from paralysis, woman finds help from trainer

Recovering from paralysis, woman finds help from trainer

I suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age  of 21 that affected the left side of my brain.  As a result,  the right side of my body was completely paralyzed. I regained a lot of movement, but four years later, I continued to struggle with str... Read More

Take the Steps to Fight Chronic Disease with Personal Training

Meet your trainer halfway

Whether you’re a healthy person looking to prevent a chronic disease or someone wanting to treat a chronic condition, exercise plays an important role. Having an expert, like a Personal Trainer, can help you execute a plan to fight chronic disease.... Read More

New Name, New Equipment and another Niche for Indy Bike Hub YMCA

YMCA at the City Market transforms into boutique fitness center for small group training

Initially named for the “hub” of adjacent biking organizations and services, the Indy Bike Hub YMCA will soon be renamed the YMCA at the City Market. Along with the new name, the YMCA will have a new look and new equipment and classes geared towa... Read More

Enriching The Lives Of Children Daily

Give A Forever Gift

Tuesday, November 28th is Giving Tuesday. You can help the Intercollegiate YMCA continue to enrich the lives of youth in low income areas of Indianapolis through your donations. Laurelwood is one of our biggest program sites on the south side of Indi... Read More

Volunteering is Good for the Heart

By Daniel Stinson

'Tis the season for gifts. We all have ideas swimming in our heads of what we most want for the holidays. It could be new shoes, tickets to a concert, or anything in-between. Gifts comes in all shapes and sizes, and even encompass the intangible. Gif... Read More


by Daniel Stinson

Kid’s Night Out. A great way to spend a Saturday evening - and beneficial to the entire family. The kids get an individually-themed, active, and fun-filled night, and parents get an evening to themselves! Kid’s Night Out takes place twice a month... Read More

2018 Alternative Spring Break Service Trip

So Much More Than Service

Intercollegiate YMCA will be traveling to Mandeville, Jamaica in the spring of 2018 and serving at a local orphanage throughout the week. Our! mission is to serve the community in Mandeville and help with anything they need. We will also have time to... Read More

Laurelwood Community Program

We are thankful to be serving in the Laurelwood neighborhood and to provide the impact our college students are making every day in the lives of so many youth!

The Laurelwood community with roughly 160 units located in a low-income neighborhood, had been long considered one of the roughest communities in Indianapolis. But thanks to the efforts of the Indianapolis Intercollegiate YMCA volunteers and staff, t... Read More

Another year of new programs for vets

Veterans Can Get Assistance from a Surprising Source: the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has upped its commitment to veterans, service members and their families with reduced memberships and new programs focused on wellness and reintegration. A full year of new veterans programs Veterans tend to suffer... Read More

Personal Training Gave Rico More Energy, Better Health

Anthony Brings Fun, Motivation to Rico's Fitness Routine

I have been a truck driver for over 10 years and have seen myself decline. Over the 10 years I have gained 100 pounds and have noticed my activity level decline. I had no energy to play with my daughter or help around the house. I have also noticed t... Read More


It sounds simple, but this motto has changed the life of this Benjamin Harrison YMCA Member.

"Keep moving," is this 72-year-old Indy resident’s mantra. She had a stroke in 2010. Dorothy Hammonds didn't want someone to wait on her hand and foot: she was going to help herself. Starting out small, in 2015, Dorothy began swim lessons at the B... Read More

Meet Marion

Making a difference, one child at a time.

The end of the summer was approaching, and Keonia had a lot on her mind, particularly what she was going to do with her son, Marion, during her weekly dialysis treatments. As a single mom suffering from visual impairments and kidney and pancreatic f... Read More

Shine a Light on Afterschool Programs

Thursday, October 26th is Lights On Afterschool Day!

Let's throw out some numbers. 14 million... 40,000... 3-6... 14 million is the number of school age children in America who go home alone after school each day, according to 40,000 of those children are kindergartners. 3-6... Read More

Nursing student finds balance between life, work, and working out

Nursing student finds balance between life, work, and working out

Sarah O’Brien has always been an active individual, but like most working adults, her schedule forced her to find time to work out. Now that she’s working and attending school to become a nurse, she turned to a personal trainer for efficient and ... Read More

Free Valet Parking Coming Soon!

We’ve heard you. Parking can be difficult. Soon we’ll be offering free valet parking for YMCA members during our busiest hours!

Your experience at the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay is important to us. We’ve heard you. Parking can be difficult. Soon we’ll be offering free valet parking for YMCA members during our busiest hours! This program will run as a pilot and we’d... Read More

Overcoming fibromyalgia through diet and exercise

Overcoming fibromyalgia through diet and exercise

Five years ago Melissa Newman was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. During that time, doctors had her on several different medications to combat her symptoms, which included chronic pain and muscle soreness all over, fatigue, stiff joints, intense migrain... Read More

As luck would have it

As luck would have it

It was luck that brought Shanna Brinegar to a Synergy class at the Baxter YMCA. “I... Read More

Fall Into Fun… At Camp!

Join us at any of our 15 Fall Break Camp locations across Indianapolis!

The air is crisp, the pumpkin spiced lattes are brewing, and you know what this means... Fall Break is coming! At the Y, when school is out, we are IN! We are busy preparing for FALL BREAK CAMP- exciting weeks of field trips, guest speakers, swimmin... Read More

25 Years at the Athenaeum

A unique Y nears its 25th anniversary

By BILL BROOKS In 1991, WHEN YMCA official Dick Close was asked to evaluate whether a Y facility could be located in what was at that time a floundering Athenaeum, his evaluation was less than optimistic. He found a building with a leaky roof, ... Read More

More than 100 Jobs Available at the YMCA

Positions pay $9-$14 an hour, include free Y membership, child care

Volunteers also needed September 11, 2017 The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a critical need to fill 100 positions to run its Before and After School programs. Multiple positions, including part-time and full-time opportunities such as activit... Read More

Benjamin Harrison YMCA Celebrates 20 Years


The Benjamin Harrison YMCA is celebrating 20 years of changing lives!   Enjoy this story about how we got starting and the amazing feats we have accomplished since! Read More

Ransburg YMCA is where we feel we belong!

Anna and John Nelson- Members since 1974!

Meet Anna and John Nelson - the twin couple as I like to call them! Since, the time I started with the Ransburg YMCA, it has been a pleasure to get acquainted with the duo as they start their day at Y early morning dressed up in matching t-shirts. T... Read More

Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention Program

Have you been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or just looking for a way to lose weight? This program can help prevent Type II Diabetes. Losing 7% of your body weight can decrease your risk of developing Type II Diabetes by 60%. Payment options includin... Read More

Benjamin Harrison YMCA- Changing Lives for 20 Years

Closed military base brings people together in a vibrant new community

When the Fort Benjamin Harrison military base closed in 1991, it left 125 vacant buildings and a swath of the City of Lawrence in Marion County lifeless.  A market analysis of a two-mile radius showed that there were almost as many deer as pe... Read More

Y Loves Vets: Specialist Arely Rosario, Army

The YMCA is a great place for single mom, Army Specialist Arely Rosario, to bring her kids for activities they can all enjoy.

I’m a veteran, a mechanic, and a mom. While I was deployed, I lost five of my company in one day. My best friend pulled me to safety, but died later that day. Coming back home was very hard, and I was in denial that I had PTSD. My family couldn’t... Read More

Y Loves Vets: E5 Sgt. Mikail Al-Malik, Marine Corps

How the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will affect veterans like Marine Sgt. Mikail Al-Malik

E5 Sergeant Mikail Al-Malik shares how a facility like the OrthoIndy YMCA in Pike Township would benefit his family. ... Read More

Y Loves Vets: Captain Kimberly Ijanaten, Army

How the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will affect veterans like Army Captian Kimberly Ijanaten

Captain Kim Ijanaten discusses how a facility like the OrthoIndy YMCA in Pike Township would benefit her family and her peers. ... Read More

Inspire Us – Joan Mason

Inspire Us - Joan Mason

In the past, I have struggled with my weight and realized the scale was not giving me the numbers I wanted. A few years ago, I was at Symphony on the Prairie and carried a picnic basket. I had to take several breaks because it was so heavy. After I l... Read More

The Y Community

Cheryl's Story

Cheryl joined the YMCA at the City Market YMCA over a year ago to get back into her love of health and fitness. Soon after she restarted her fitness routine, she suffered a knee injury. Cheryl thought that she would bounce back and be back at the Y a... Read More

Make your fitness goals a reality with Synergy!

Make your fitness goals a reality with Synergy

What is Synergy? Based on the format of High Intensity Interval Training , Synergy is a time based group circuit that provides you with the most effective workout possible by combining cardiovascular and strength training. Lose weight In... Read More

Healthy workout regimen keeps illness at bay

Having fun while staying healthy

Gerald “Jerry” Shutt is a 66 year old Navy veteran. His time in the military was cut short in 1973 as a result of an illness that prompted a 60 pound weight loss in addition to diminished strength and overall good health.  Jerry decided to join ... Read More


A Journey of Blessings

We became members of the YMCA in 2010. During this time we would take our first son, Julian, to Play and Learn. Play and Learn provides a nurturing and respectful environment for kids while parents enjoy their pursuit for health and wellness. Like ma... Read More

Construction Underway for New OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA

New YMCA in Pike Township will have indoor pool, indoor track, gymnasium and medical clinic for veterans

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and community leaders broke ground on the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA  in June 2017 and unveiled a model of the 8-foot outdoor sculpture that will honor U.S. veterans. Expected to open in 2018, the 56,500-square-fo... Read More

Ransburg Y – Heart of the community

Ransburg Y - Heart of the community

“For the people who know Ransburg, they love it! For the people who don’t know it, they will definitely be pleasantly surprised. The Ransburg Y has a load of good things to offer and by God’s grace and with generous donors like you, the Ransbur... Read More


Enriching Lives: Rebecca Sherman-Cattell

We have been members of the Jordan Y since August of 2014 when we enrolled our oldest son, George, in the 3s/4s preschool class. At that time, we had many changes in our lives as we welcomed twin boys, Max and Ben, in January, moved in May, and began... Read More

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Open to Veterans—for Free!

Year-long lifestyle intervention program also available to other at-risk individuals

July 13, 2017  Veterans at risk for diabetes can now participate in a year-long program to prevent the disease — for free.  A $13,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation will allow us to offer our nationally-acclaim... Read More

Finding Strength

Finding Strength

Rebecca Salman was in pretty good shape until her twenties. It was then she said she began struggling with depression, and as a result, she had little energy and ate poorly. Caring for her daughter, attending school, and working left little time f... Read More

Grandmother of four finds comfort in Y childcare

Grandmother of four finds comfort in Y childcare

Four years ago Nancy McDonald took on the responsibility of raising her 4 grandchildren. One of her biggest concerns at the time was how to work out their school schedule with her work schedule. Someone told her about the Before and After School p... Read More


Checking off Bucket List Goals: Mary Kelly

As a child and young adult I was always physically active,  however, I always struggled to keep my weight under control. As time passed I became less active and used food as a coping mechanism for life’s stressful moments and allowed my weight to ... Read More

Learning to swim makes young boy more confident in the pool

Learning to swim builds confidence in the pool

Wyatt always loved swimming, until he had a scare in his neighborhood pool two summers ago. He was in an inflatable tube and slipped out of it while his mom was across the pool. With only a couple sessions of group lessons under his belt, he knew... Read More

Inspire Us story _ Crystal Warner and Phil Hale

Inspire us!

I have tried exercising before. Even though I worked out, I didn’t ever see any results. As a matter of fact, I got bigger. This was extremely frustrating. How could it be that I was trying so hard and not getting the results I wanted? My drive was... Read More

Molly Zoller danced her way into her 50’s until surgeries slowed her down

Personal training brings strength after surgery

By: Molly Zoller My level of fitness was very good through my 40’s and early 50’s. Then, I had a serious abdominal surgery and knee surgeries to repair cartilage tears.  Physical Therapy helps a great deal, but I was told I could not continue... Read More

2017-18 Before & After School Enrollment

Join us in the YMCA Before & After School program in your school!

The school year is here! Enroll in the YMCA Before & After School program located in your school.  Information about our locations, fees, and enrollment procedures can be found HERE! We hope you and your family join us for another great y... Read More


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


Feeling Confident Around Water: Naleni Amarnath

My name is Naleni Amarnath. I am a 58-year-old mother of two grown children. When I was about 10 years old, I almost drowned in a stream in my home country of Malaysia, and my fear of water began. Although my kids tried to teach me, I never learne... Read More

Tour our Facility!

Tour our Facility!

From yoga to Wellness Coaching to preschool, check out what the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA has to offer you and your family!        ... Read More

“No matter what, camp will always be with me.”

Words from a Camp Counselor

As we’re nearing the end of April, and the weather goes through its growing pains from cold and wet to warm (and wet), the increasingly sunny days and spring allergies signal one thing: it’s camp time. Through itchy red eyes and an endlessly sn... Read More

Marathon runner wasn’t always on the path to fitness

Marathon runner wasn't always on the path to fitness

For Erin Percifield, running is her way of life. But, things weren’t always that way. (Erin before in 2013 and after in 2017) “I literally just woke up one day and said "enough is enough," she said. “I was tired of not feeling comfortable in ... Read More

Gym dedication honors Baxter founding member

North Gym dedication honors founding member

On Wednesday, April 19, the Baxter YMCA staff will honor one of its founding members be dedicating the North Gym in her memory. The ceremony will take place from 3:45-4:45 pm, during which time, open gym will be canceled. Annabel Jane Spangle ... Read More

Personal Training improves the life of veteran

Personal Training improves the life of veteran

My wife got me Personal Training sessions as a Christmas present. At the age of 72, my goal was continued improvement in my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. As someone who grew up in sports and the military, I know the value of trainin... Read More

Making a Change

Scott Workman: Making a Change

My journey to the Jordan YMCA started a few years before I officially joined. I found, like so many others, that the pressures of family, job, and life overwhelmed my time with no commitment to exercise or a healthy, active lifestyle. After years of ... 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

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

Why Camp?

What really happens when your kid goes to camp.

I know. It is March. It is cold. Summer is months away. Why should I think about camp? Don’t you realize how busy I am? We have preschool, sports, swimming lessons, PTA family events to run, and kids to make happy! And this guy is talking about... Read More

Take control of your health with the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention Program at the YMCA

Have you been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or just looking for a way to lose weight? This program can help!  Scholarships are available for those 60 and older.  Please contact Melissa Venkateswaran at at 317-865-6471 or to ... Read More

There’s a Spring Break Camp near you!

Join us for Spring Break Camp!

Spend your Spring Break at camp with the Y! With 13 locations across Indianapolis, there is a camp near you. Click here for more information on dates, locations, and camp rates. And don't forget to sign up for Summer Day Camp while you're here!... Read More

Inspire Us _ Personal Training success story

Inspire Us story _ Lydia Banton and Melissa Gustafson

Before Melissa, I had a hard time staying consistent with my workouts. I had always struggled with my weight and had only experienced success whenever I had a trainer to keep me accountable. However, the second I would discontinue, I would get comple... Read More

Preschool 2018-2019

Preschool 2018-2019

Preschool is enrolling for our 2018/2019 school year, which will run from August 6, 2018- May 23, 2019. Programs are designed to offer developmentally-appropriate learning experiences for ages 3 to 5. Each day with include group learning, one on one ... Read More

Every Beat Counts

Five Tips to Get Your Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month and the Benjamin Harrison YMCA wants to help your family get heart healthy. Here are five things you can do to help your heart. Get Physical Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of y... Read More

Inspire us!

Jenna catered to my needs, yet challenged me to work harder than I thought I could

Member: Julie Welch ; Personal Trainer: Jenna Molinar "I have been diagnosed Pre-diabetic. To combat it I must be active on a regular basis. I had the cardio part down. However, the thought of strength training was not something I felt was possibl... Read More

Register for Preschool now!

Baxter Y Preschool: Giving children a strong start for more than 30 years.

Looking for a preschool program? The Baxter YMCA is where it’s at! Before you have to make a decision, we're inviting you to stop by to check out the rooms, get questions answered, or just see why we have been so successful for over 35 years. We ha... Read More

LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA: What you need to know

Giving cancer survivors a place to restore health and wellness

In 2008, the YMCA of the USA partnered with LIVESTRONG® to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program o... Read More

Choose Your Adventure!

Spend the BEST SUMMER EVER with the Y!

Check out our 2017 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 try ... Read More

Regaining Lost Confidence

Fishers YMCA Personal Training

Paul has dealt with back trouble and pinched nerves for 15 years.  Although the condition responded favorably to physical therapy, he found relief - and renewed confidence - through personal training at the Fishers YMCA. A series of medical condit... Read More

Winter Weather Is Heading Our Way!

Don't forget that the Y is here for you during delays, early releases, or snow days!

What happens when school is out for weather related delays, early dismissals, or cancellations? The following will help you be prepared for any of these situations. Snow Day Programs If school is closed prior to program start time due to inclement ... Read More

Healthy Living at the Y

30: The Number of Pounds Dick Lost in Four Months

Fighting fluctuations in his weight, Dick Hankins found that the YMCA provides a great place for him to stay active and connected not only to his girlfriend and workout partner, but to the community as well. According to Dick, the Silver Sneakers pr... Read More

Wellness Warrior

Nancy Saulmon

Nancy joined the Witham Family YMCA when it opened in 2010. She was looking for a place where she could participate in programs like water aerobics that helped improve her fitness levels. Sure enough, Nancy has been involved in the water aerobics sin... Read More

Muscle Man

50: The Number of Pounds Steve Lost in 1 Year

For the past 30 years, Steve has worked in a career where most of his day is spent sitting in one position programming or monitoring the output of several Television Stations. When he first started working at the Broadcast company he weighed 175 poun... Read More

Pure Devotion

5x a Week: How Often Jackie Comes to the Y

For almost 2 years, Jackie Searcy has been a devoted member of the Ransburg YMCA. Jackie underwent knee replacement surgery in early 2014, and her orthopedic surgeon and her doctor told her to go to the Y, as it would be the best place for her physic... Read More

Road to Recovery

Thomas Felton’s Y Story

Thomas Felton grew up going to the local YMCA in Brooklyn, NY. Throughout the years, he played on Y baseball teams and participated in pick-up basketball games. Thomas flourished into a talented baseball player and earned a full baseball scholarship ... Read More

A Fountain of Youth

Bill Bradley’s Story

The YMCA is the Fountain of Youth for me. I have been coming to the Pike Y for the last 7 years and it all started because of my wife, who happens to be 18 years younger than me. She told me that she wanted me to be around much longer. As a proud Ve... Read More

A Family Affair

THE FORDS: Big Smiles, Bigger Hearts, Healthier Lifestyle

Great people with big smiles and even bigger hearts is how you would accurately describe Roni and Dennis Ford. Their transformation over the past few years has placed a spotlight on their determination and fortitude that the Fords have exemplified du... Read More

Cancer Hero

Paul & Connie Flexman

Every family’s worst nightmare came true when Paul was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2014. Paul was determined to not let his cancer win and he utilized all of his energy to fight. During treatment, along with losing weight and muscle, Paul... Read More

Cooper’s story

2015: The Year that Cooper Grew at the Y Preschool

When we moved back to Indiana in 2015, our middle child was just about to turn three. He was shy and almost completely non-verbal. Unlike our daughter, who was excited to start pre-k, Cooper wanted nothing to do with it and we were incredibly unsure ... Read More

Evan’s story

Tough Love

My son, Evan, was born with an extra chromosome at the 21st pair. The clinical term is Trisomy 21, but the common name is Down Syndrome. Therefore, opportunities for our entire family have always been priority-one for us at school, church and in recr... Read More

Power Couple

2015: The Year that Charles and Carolyn Joined the Y and it Changed Their Life

Charles (Chuck) and Carolyn Culp joined the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA back in January 2015. Both are cancer survivors and were looking to make some big lifestyle changes. Before their cancer diagnoses, they to... Read More

Fitness Priority

8%: Total Amount of Body Fat Jody Lost

Jody Hyder has been involved in the YMCA’s Diabetic Prevention Program since June of 2015. When diagnosed as a pre-diabetic in December of 2013, she was at her highest lifetime weight of 204 pounds. She took the initiative to change her life for th... Read More

Life Changer

Paul’s Journey: 25 Steps to Fun

Paul’s journey started with chronic back pain, high blood pressure, and many other health issues that restricted him to having to use an electric wheel chair, a small portable electric scooter or a walker. His weight topped at 315 pounds and reduc... Read More

The Y Community

Annie’s Story

Annie has worked in a city-county office building next to the YMCA at the City Market Y for years. She had never stepped into the Y until a promotion caught her eye and she decided to try. Her journey started out of simple curiosity and has now becom... Read More

Marathon Man

2014: The Year that Jon Joined the Y and it Changed His Life

Jon lived one block from the YMCA, but never stepped foot inside. He didn’t work out, nor did his wife, until they decided to make a change – to be better and healthier. They joined the YMCA at the City Market YMCA and Jon was encouraged to sign ... Read More

YMCA at CityWay Named In Honor of Irsay Family

The YMCA has always remained close to Colts Owner, Jim Irsay’s heart. Now, Irsay is acting on those emotions.

Jim Irsay and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis announced a multi-million-dollar donation to the organization from Irsay and his family, one that will result in the Downtown YMCA at CityWay being renamed the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay. His donation... Read More

Green Belt

The Y: A Path to a Healthier Lifestyle

Trevor had been struggling with weight for years and when a friend suggested that he join the YMCA at CityWay, he jumped at the opportunity. Soon after, he decided to enroll in our Martial Arts classes here at the YMCA. As time went on, he began to ... Read More

No More Excuses

Personal Training = Accountability and Success

When it came to gaining weight, Ashely blamed her environment. Like many, Ashley turned to food for comfort when things got tough in her life. She turned to food to fill the emptiness and sadness she felt when her parents got a divorce, feeling self-... Read More

Twist & Shout

2013: The Year that Steve Joined the Y and it Changed His Life

Three years ago, Steve Barnes was diagnosed with a rare condition called Transverse Myelitis; which is inflammation of the spinal cord that can cause pain, weakness and paralysis of muscles. The disease progressed over time causing a very active man ... Read More

Confidence. With Every Stroke.

Sarah: Brings out Her Students' Full Potential

Allison Heller can often be found at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Aquatics Center swimming many laps around the pool. She came to the Y back in 2013 and started swimming with the Stroking Onward swim team. Even at her young age, Allison had high levels... Read More

Determined Mother

2014: The Year that Amanda Joined the Y and it Changed Her Life

Becoming a mother was the greatest experience of Amanda’s life, but being a single mother has it’s challenges. Amanda was determined to become the best version of herself for her kids and for herself. She started by walking on the treadmill and t... Read More

Changes Inside & Out

From Smoking 2 Packs a Day To Running the Boston Marathon

Caren’s story is no different than many others. Caren had joined the YMCA in 2005. She was a new stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Carley. She wanted to get into shape and start taking care of her health and body. She had heard about the YMCA, but... Read More

Building Confidence

The Y: Benefits Far Greater Than Physical Health

Prea is a strong young girl who suffers from eczema which has caused her hair to fall out and her pigment to change in her hands. She joined the YMCA in hopes to stay active and develop healthy habits that would remain throughout her life. She found... Read More

A Balanced Life

20: The Number of Pounds Johnnetta Lost in 6 Months

Johnnetta Springer is a wife, mother of five children, full-time student, and part-time hair stylist. With such a busy life, Johnnetta found it difficult to stay consistent with working out and training, but she was ready to turn that all around and ... Read More

Caring for the Community

In its 20th year, the Y @ the Athenaeum’s Breakfast With Santa provides a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods.

Registered families enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in the Rathskeller followed by crafts and entertainment. During the event, parents slip away to select a gift, stuff a stocking, and choose a book for every child. Secretly, the children do the same ... Read More

New YMCA will offer specialized services for veterans, active military

OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA at Pike will partner with Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center to offer clinical services alongside traditional programming

Oct. 17, 2016  The new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA will be a wonderful asset for the whole community to enjoy and a source of pride for Pike Township. It will also be the first YMCA of its kind in the nation, to offer traditional YMCA community... Read More

The Y is for Youth Development

Nurturing the Potential of Every Child and Teen

The Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming. From cradle to career, the Y provides all youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life. This... Read More

The Y is for Healthy Living

Improving the Nation's Health and Well-being

The Y aims to improve the nation's health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce risk for disease and help others reclaim their health. These programs and everything else the Y does are in service of making ... Read More

Irsay Family Gift Renames YMCA at CityWay

Irsay Family Donates Gift to Rename YMCA at CityWay

September 13, 2016 Donation allows the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to continue to enrich lives and improve the quality of life in our community. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis announced a very special partnership today. A generous gift from the ... Read More

A New Smile

The Y: Helping Kathleen Spread Joy

Kathleen Boyd lives across the street from the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Before she became a member, she used to watch her friends coming and going from the Y. "I wished I could go to the YMCA," she recalls. Her health issues and the fear of how she wou... Read More

Top 10 Coalition: Region on Track to Becoming a Healthier Community

Top 10 Coalition Says Recent Successes Show Region is on Track to Becoming a Healthier Community

May 11, 2016 The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program considered one of the successful initiatives launched to develop a culture of health and decrease the burden of chronic diseases in our community. In 2009, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis conve... Read More

Membership Now Includes 43 YMCAs Across Indiana

The My Y is Every Y in Indiana statewide membership reciprocity program allows active, full facility/full privilege members the flexibility to use all 43 Y facilities in Indiana

For more than 160 years, YMCAs in Indiana have been helping youth, adults and families reach their health and wellbeing goals through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. Effective May 1, Indiana YMCAs announce the My Y is Every Y in ... Read More

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