Anonymous Donor Makes an Instant Impact

Donor with passion for swim lessons, makes them available to Lawrence families

When you see a need you want to do something about it. Sometimes the person who can make that change, steps up and instantly, lives are changed for the better.Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Benjamin Harrison YMCA has been able to provide 38 fa... 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

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

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Classes Begin in April

Adult cancer patients gain confidence, camaraderie and strength in 12-week program

Offered in Indianapolis since 2008, this program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and uses basic physical activity to ease cancer patients back into exercise and helps them maintain a healthy weight in a safe, supportive environment. Working in a sm... 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 DYEReplace... Read More

Struck with Transverse Myelitis, Kianté Refuses to be Beaten

Bright young man volunteers at Teen Nights while he recovers

Choosing the path to success Kianté Lee is a young man who is very conscientious about his education and future—he wants to have the best start to his life as possible.Initially, he walked through the doors of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA as a ... Read More

Spring Break, Summer Camp: We have you covered!

Day Camps give your kids an engaging experience!

It's hard to believe that it is already time to think Summer Day Camp, but it's here! We also have you covered over Spring Break as well. Spring Break Camp! Registration is now open for School’s Out Camp over spring break. We offer four locations... Read More

Karate: More Than a Sport

Karate benefits the mind and body

If you’re looking to develop both physical and mental discipline in yourself or your child, karate may be just the right sport.Karate instills self-confidence, self-discipline, respect and responsibility. At the Y, students in t... Read More

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin Soon

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin Soon at 7 Locations

Months of coaching, classroom training help at-risk adults make lifesaving changes Prediabetes threatens over 1/3 of American adults and most don’t even know they’re at risk. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides proven, community-ba... 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

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Names Derrick J. Stewart as New CEO

41-year-old Stewart has been CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern IN for 10 years

Derrick J. Stewart has been named the new president and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis effective Feb. 4, 2019. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors following a five-month national search, Stewart will succeed Eric Ellsworth who will st... Read More

Karyn Uses YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program to Better Her Well Being

Karyn chose to battle her increased A1C head on - and is winning

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program helped Karyn. She says, "a disappointing MD appointment in March prompted me to join the YMCA. What prompted me was the fact that I had, once again, gained weight. In addition, my doctor scolded me on my Hgb A1C, ... Read More

Bob Lee and the Team that Saved His Life

When his heart stopped, lifeguards jumped into action

A heartfelt sense of gratitude When Bob Lee started swimming laps on that day last June, he didn’t think that he was putting his life in the hands of a couple of teenagers.[caption id="attachment_12574" align="alignright" width="300"] Bob and ... Read More

Lisa Removed the Excuses

YMCA Member of 10years pushes aside her excuses and goes for it

Lisa Zainey has been a YMCA Member for over 10 years. She didn’t get the most out of her membership until she pushed her excuses aside and just did it. REMOVE THE EXCUSES Lisa retired in the spring of 2017. All of a sudden, one large excuse for n... 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

YMCA Honors Veterans with Food, Fitness, Pageantry

8-foot “Salute!” Sculpture to be unveiled at OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA Nov. 10

A series of YMCA events to honor veterans will culminate with the unveiling of a remarkable 8-foot Salute! sculpture on Nov. 10 at the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, scheduled to open Dec. 3.Commissioned by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the In... Read More

Swim Programs Make a Difference to This 9-Year-Old

Ellie writes her Y story in her own words

She may only be 9, but Ellie has been a participant in Y swimming program for many years. She has written her own Y story about what she has gained through YMCA swim programs."My name is Ellie Hamilton. I am nine years old. I am on the swim team... 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

Nothing Holds Jaide Back

Youth basketball and great coaching create a great experience for the Johnsons

Like most families, Cheryl Johnson started her kids off at the YMCA in Summer Day Camp for something to do for the summer, but it quickly grew into more! The Next Step Learning how to swim was the next step for the Johnsons. Cheryl chose private sw... Read More

Free Family Fun in September

Doggie Dips, Scavenger Hunt, Nerf Night, Tea Party & more!

What to do? What to do? We’re all super busy, and yet sometimes it’s hard to find affordable family fun nearby. That’s where the YMCA comes in. With 12 locations, there’s always something for kids and families to do within a short drive. And ... Read More