Black History and the YMCA

Determined visionaries break racial barriers

When it first emerged in the United States in 1852, the YMCA excluded blacks from membership in white branches. Although they were encouraged to form their own associations on "separate but equal" terms, it wasn’t as easy as it may have sounded. ... Read More

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the YMCA

“Remaining Awake through a Revolution”

Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been deceased for almost 53 years, his positive influence still ripples through the tides of life at the Y and all over the world. Dr. King’s feet of influence have trod the hallways at the Y both physical... Read More

Top New Year’s Resolutions, Exercise More and Lose Weight

Staying on top of your 2021 fitness goals

Two of the top New Year’s resolutions every year are to exercise more and to lose weight. Millions of people say to themselves, “this is going to be my year to stick to my plans and get the results of my dreams.” For the first four to six weeks... Read More

Democracy must be learned by each generation

And, a thriving democracy takes all of us.

From Kevin Washington, President and CEO – YMCA of the USA “The Y has a long, proud history of encouraging participation in our nation’s democracy. The storming of the U.S. Capitol yesterday – a mob action spurred by divisive rhetoric, dis... Read More

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Designated in Mackenzie Scott Philanthropic Gifts

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Designated in Mackenzie Scott Philanthropic Gifts

On December 15, philanthropist Mackenzie Scott announced 384 gifts to non-profit organizations throughout the US. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is among 43 YMCA associations to benefit from her philanthropy. We are both humbled and grateful for... Read More