Camp Kids Captured Jasmine’s Heart

Toothy grins, mangoes helps AmeriCorp volunteer gain perspective

It all started with a toothy smile and from there Laurelwood found a forever spot in my heart. From swimming to hiking to eating juicy mangoes on the playground, this summer working with the children of Laurelwood and my fellow YMCA and AmeriCorp... Read More

Marion County Residents Inch Their Way Toward Better Health

Top 10 Coalition reports improvement, drives projects that support better health

Marion County residents have improved in two key health outcomes: 1) increased physical activity in adults, and 2) decreased tobacco use. The Top 10 Coalition celebrates these wins and highlights projects that have supported these outcomes in its 201... Read More

Children from Laurelwood Go Overnight Camping for First Time

City dwelling kids go creek stomping, rock wall climbing, do archery and more

This summer, the Intercollegiate YMCA partnered with Jameson Camp to take 30 kids from the Laurelwood community on their first overnight camping trip. The students went rock climbing and creek stomping, participated in archery and low ropes and s... Read More

Barely Able to Walk, Mildred Gets Back on her Feet

Mildred Lewis shares her Y story

“I started coming to the Y five years ago after a trip to Miami Beach, FL where I saw seniors walking, jogging, biking and doing yoga in the park. Seeing these physically active seniors inspired me to become one as well, even though most of the eq... Read More

Burgess Family Finds Common Ground on Taekwondo Mat

Martial arts instructor brings home the medals

When Paul Burgess and his son signed up for Taekwondo, they did not know what to expect or that Paul would go on to win competition after competition. Burgess’ son played basketball and soccer at the Y, but neither sport was what Paul was looking f... Read More

Yoga in the Catacombs Returns Just in Time for Halloween!

The spookiest event of the year is back and better than ever!

Tour the Catacombs after yoga The chilly catacombs winding their way in Indianapolis' historic underground may not bring to mind the tranquil ease of your typical yoga class, but that didn't scare the more than 200 visitors who attended last year's ... Read More

8 Awards, Countless Acts of Heroism

YMCA staff superheroes go above and beyond

The theme for this year’s Staff Assembly was superheroes. And why not? The YMCA staff are happy to go above and beyond to serve others. Staff from across Central Indiana enjoyed fellowship and reveled in the ways we’ve achieved the Y mission of h... Read More

Quality Preschool, Convenient Downtown Indianapolis Location

Give your child a head start with Preschool at the YMCA!

Looking for a dynamic preschool program in downtown Indianapolis? The YMCA at the Athenaeum offers one multi-age, developmentally appropriate learning experience in a safe, caring community for children and their families in the heart of the Mass Ave... Read More

Growing Biking Community Offers Resources, Events for Cyclists

Bike-In Breakfasts, Lunch & Learns for novice and veteran cycling commuters

Free events and resources find their place at the YMCA at the City Market, home of the Indy Bike Hub, cover safety, best practices and more on the growing trend of biking a car-free lifestyle. DISCOVER DOWNTOWN INDY’S BIKING COMMUNITYLearn m... Read More

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Join the staff, volunteers and sponsors for Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA at the Athenaeum on December 8!

In its 22nd year, the YMCA at the Athenaeum’s Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8 will provide a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods thanks to hard work from nearly 150... Read More

Eli Lilly Gives Back to YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Over 100 volunteers gave 13 hours of service to brighten Indy and YMCA camp

Eli Lilly gives back to the Indianapolis community during Global Day of Service Every day, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis engages hundreds and thousands of people, from all walks of life. Whether it be helping a cancer survivor find their physical... Read More

Free Workout Wednesdays Return to Georgia Street

Free Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street provide perfect lunchtime exercise routine: May 2 – Sept. 26

Free Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street provide perfect lunchtime exercise routine: May 2 – Sept. 26 All fitness levels are welcome for 45 minutes of fun, free, cardio classes at Workout Wednesdays in Downtown IndyWe’re ready! Pack your ... 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

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

Evie Learns About Water Safety at Swim Lessons Too

Swim lessons at the Y have taught Evie life skills

YMCA swim lessons are a regular—and fun—part of life for 5-year-old Evie. She began swim lessons at the Witham Family YMCA when she was three and is now quite the little swimmer. “We love swim lessons here. This is the only place she’s taken... Read More

Free Wellness Appointments Pave Way to Better Results

Y Wellness Advisers help you achieve health goals

Up to four complimentary wellness appointments are available for members to meet with Y wellness advisors. These knowledgeable coaches will discuss your current skill level, likes and dislikes in the gym, your personal health goals and more. Using t... Read More

20 New Programs, Classes and Events to Try

20 new ways to improve your health and wellness

We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill the Y mission, and 2018 was no exception. Here are just a few new ways Central Indiana residents can now get stronger and healthier at the YMCA. New Programs[caption id="attachm... Read More

Baxter YMCA Holds Many Memories for Wells Family

When adult children are in town, they go back to the YMCA

Beverly Wells and her children made lifelong memories going to the Y nearly everyday. They did basketball, football, soccer, swimming, diving, Day Camp, the Y Indian tribe and so much more. She chose the Y for her family among other reasons, because ... Read More

Kids Learn to Lose and Other Life Skills with Youth Sports

Sports build character, teach teamwork, patience and other life lessons

In this day and age where electronics and technology rule, schools have less funding for physical education or daily recess, and some neighborhoods are no longer safe, youth sports are vital.Sports impact youth in more ways than you can imagine a... Read More

The Anderson Family Plays Hard Thanks to Play and Learn

A safe place to learn, grow and have fun

About two years ago, Landon and Christina and their growing family joined the Y when they moved to Lebanon to start a new church. Landon is the pastor of Restoration Church Lebanon, which meets at the Witham Family YMCA. He's a busy dad and serves as... Read More