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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Artist a Role Model for YMCA Teens

Derrick Carter puts his art aside to be a steady role model for teens

Derrick Carter is known to Indianapolis as mixed media artist and recipient of the Beckmann Fellowship for Emerging Artists from the Indianapolis Arts Council in 2016, but to Benjamin Harrison YMCA teens, they know him as Derrick, Teen Night staff. ... 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

Mom Loses Weight, Becomes Instructor at the Y

The Y is a part of Jenn's healthy lifestyle

After overcoming postpartum depression and changing her eating habits, Jenn joined the Witham Family YMCA to focus on exercise as a part of her lifestyle change. She fell in love with Les Mills BodyPump™ classes at the Y and with the encouragement ... Read More

Underdawg 5K at Butler University Added to YMCA Inspire Indy 5K Series

Families and their pooches will have a doggone good time!

Intercollegiate YMCA students from Butler University, IUPUI and UIndy will host families and their pooches for a doggone good time at the inaugural Underdawg 5K run and walk at 8 a.m. Sept. 21, 2019, at Butler University.The race will help fund f... Read More

Linda Manages Diabetes, Inspires Others at Benjamin Harrison YMCA

Active senior inspires with smiles and action

There are people in the world who were sent to put a smile on the face of everyone they meet. Linda Rich is one of those people, and we are happy to have her as a member of the YMCA.Linda has been a proud member of our YMCA for over 10 years. You... Read More

Drew Credits YMCA for His Life as World Triathlete

Family of athletes found friends and a place to train at the YMCA

Since he was four years old Drew Shellenberger has been competing in Triathlons. He began his training at the Baxter YMCA saying, “[the YMCA] has been a pretty big place in my life since I was young. I came here for basketball, soccer, and flag foo... Read More

Ami Sheds Pounds, Tones Muscles with Small Group Training

TEAM: Train with Effort, Attitude and Mission

Over two years, Ami had gained 30 lbs. while at an extremely stressful job. She was unhappy and did not feel healthy at all. Fortunately, she was able to land a new job that allowed her to get up often. She was averaging 15,000-18,000 steps a day and... Read More

Meet and Sponsor Y-Achievers to Help Them Prepare for College, Career

Preparing others for college and life

Since 1967, the Y-Achievers Program has been helping youth and teens reach their full potential by preparing them for college and beyond. This national college and career access and readiness program provides guidance to young adults on how they can ... 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

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

We’ve Got Summer Covered with Camp!

It's not too late to register kids for Summer Camp

Summertime is here and you need care for your kids. Look no further than your own YMCA! With Traditional Summer Camp, Enrichment Camps, Sports Camps and more, you will surely find a spot for your little adventurer. Proof in the numbers In 2018, the... Read More

Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin at 9 YMCA Locations in June

Months of coaching, classroom training help 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-based classes to help prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes by over half!ENROLL... Read More

Take it Outside with the Y this Summer

Outdoor workouts, sports, events and more!

Just because you go “to” the Y, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! We’ve taken sports, workouts and events outside this summer. Will you join us? Workouts [table id=48 /]Events [table id=50 /]Looking for more events? Here's th... Read More