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Is Your Child Overweight? We’ve Got a New Program to Help

A healthy lifestyle with help from others can be fun!

We're all about healthy living, so we're very excited to introduce Healthy Weight and Your Child! This free, evidence-based program empowers children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity. Families learn skills and beha... Read More

Lizzie and Dylan Are Excellent Lifeguards, We Need More

Lifeguarding is a hard, yet rewarding job

“Lifeguarding has to be one of the best summer jobs for students,” says Lizzie Giller. The 21-year-old college student is looking forward to returning for her second summer as a lifeguard at the Ransburg YMCA. “It taught me leadership and teamw... 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

Top Volunteers Honored for Strong Spirit of Service

We thank these volunteers for a lifetime of achievement, diversity & inclusion

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has been celebrating its volunteers for as long as the association has existed—164 years! They inspire us with  selfless service and dedication to community. Each year we recognize the best of over 2,000 volunteers... 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

Judy: The Joy of Giving Back

Judy gives back to her community through the Y

The act of volunteering means different things to different people. Some people volunteer on rare occasions and some people make it a way of life; it’s just a part of who they are. Everyone has probably given of their time at least once in their li... 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

We Wear Black on February 28

Wear black to celebrate Black History Month with the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a rich African America history. African-American leaders formed the Young Men’s Prayer Band in 1900. It became a branch of the city YMCA by 1910. Black and white leaders helped raise funds for a new building he... 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

Legacy Wall Highlights Impact of YMCA on West Side of Indianapolis

A hub for African American community for over 100 years

During the past century many personal stories have been shared about the contributions made by individuals who attended, worked or volunteered at the Senate Avenue, Fall Creek, Pike and most recently the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA. These contributions... Read More

Banish Boredom, Boost Motivation: Join a Y Running or Walking Club

Even in the cold winter months!

Running or walking for fitness is often thought of as a solo sport, but you're missing out if you always hit the road or treadmill by yourself. Ask someone to join you for a run or walk, or better yet consider joining a YMCA running or walking club. ... 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

Eric J. Ellsworth YMCA Christian Mission Fund Established in His Honor

Funds will ensure Christian Mission continues

The Eric. J. Ellsworth YMCA Christian Mission Fund has been established in honor of the retiring president & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Eric Ellsworth will retire on Feb. 1 after 13 years in the position and a total of 42 years with... 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

Dive into Water Aerobics With Margaret

At 95, Margaret makes a splash in water aerobics

Would you do anything it takes to get to the Y? Margaret does.While her eyesight isn’t as great as it used to be, nothing stops this 95-year-old from coming to water aerobics an average of twice a week. “It does so much for the whole body. I... 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

Play and Learn Has a New Face

Welcome Sam Irvin to Play & Learn!

Sam Irvin lives for child enrichment and development, which made accepting the position of Early Childhood Coordinator at the Ransburg YMCA an easy decision. “Kids have so much knowledge and want to teach us,” Sam said. Loving children’s pass... 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