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YMCA Outdoor Pools Open May 23rd

Press Release, 5/20/2015

Fox 59 News, 5/19/2015

As swim season approaches, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives. 

“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina,” said Kim Newnam, Associate Executive Director, Benjamin Harrison YMCA. “The Y is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices.” 

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the Y recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water:  Read more…

Top 10 Coalition Highlights Success

Press Release, 5/19/2015

Indy Star, 5/19/2015

Central Indiana Hoosiers are growing weary of ranking low in health and fitness indicators.  Improved personal well-being, combined with the desire to advocate for public transit, more parks and greenways, and pedestrian plans round out the agenda of the Top 10 Coalition.  The American Fitness Index Report (AFI) annual report was released today and ranked Indianapolis as the 50th healthiest city in the country.  The 2015 AFI data report uses revised methods from the first seven full-edition reports released from 2008 to 2014. Five new variables, including each community’s Walk Score ranking, have been added or modified in the last two years.  Additionally, for the first time, the MSA was modified to include the additional population of Madison County.  Consequently, the ACSM advises that comparisons of scores, sub-scores and rankings for 2015 should not be made with earlier AFI reports.

“The coalition is grateful to the AFI for providing important community level health information. It is our hope that the indicators presented in this report will provide the guidance our community needs to collectively improve health outcomes here in Central Indiana” says, Eric Ellsworth, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.  “Top 10 is actively engaging partners who are striving to improve the health status and environmental support for health behaviors.   As evidenced by the report, it is clear that Central Indiana should pay special attention to the built environment and the impact it has on residents’ access to care, better nutrition and engagement in physical activity.

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Avondale Meadows YMCA & Child Care Answers Hosts Early Childhood Conference

Press Release 5/12/2015

WHAT: Indianapolis area child care providers are invited to attend the Early Childhood Community Providers Conference to learn the best practices in child care and lessons on how to partner with families.

WHEN: May 16, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis


The Avondale Meadows YMCA Early Learning Center and Child Care Answers is hosting its Early Childhood Community Providers Conference for area childcare providers. The one-day conference is targeting providers who work in unlicensed and licensed home daycare centers, child care ministries, half day preschools and child care aides.

Research shows that providing a high quality education for children before they turn five yields significant long-term benefits. One well-known study, the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages.

This conference will consist of a variety of topics such as nutrition, summer activities for kids, physical fitness, child abuse prevention and more.

“We are thankful to the Lilly Endowment for helping us to provide this conference for the community,” said Ikeia Prince, Early Childhood Director, Avondale Meadows YMCA. “We plan to share valuable information with the attendees that they will be able to implement immediately with their children and families.”

For additional information about the Y’s Early Childhood Community Providers Conference, please contact Ikeia Prince at 317.549.9622.

Cyclist to Participate in Bike to Work Day Celebration at Indy Bike Hub Y

Press Release, 5/11/2015

WHAT: The Y is joining with other cycle initiatives to invite the community to participate in Bike To Work Day Festivities including: bike trains leaving from around the city, complimentary breakfast, bike blessings, all day bike parking and shower access, a presentation by Mayor Ballard, commuter lunch & learn, happy hour & more.

 WHEN: May 15, 2015

 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (group bike rides to depart at 6:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Indy Bike Hub YMCA, 242 E. Market St., Indianapolis


More than 1,600 cyclist are expected to participate in this year’s Bike to Work Day. Bike trains will depart from each location, including two other YMCA locations, the Jordan YMCA in Nora and the Benjamin Harrison YMCA in Lawrence, at 6:30 a.m. and end downtown at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA for free breakfast, coffee and complimentary bike parking. Additional events for the day include:

7:55 a.m.  Mayor Ballard and other local leaders will make a special presentation about Bike to Work Day at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA

8:20 a.m. Blessing of the Bikes (Rabbi Aaron Spiegel & Rev. Steve Carlsen)

12 p.m. CIBA (Central Indiana Bicycle Association) will offer a free bike commuter lunch-and-learn session at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA

 4 p.m. IndyCog will offer a Happy Hour Fundraiser at the City Market

 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Group riders depart for home

 7 p.m.  Complimentary bike parking expires at the Indy Bike Hub

About the Indy Bike Hub YMCA

The Indy Bike Hub YMCA seeks to encourage the city of Indianapolis to engage in healthier habits. With indoor bike lockers, showers and a full workout facility, the Bike Hub provides a convenient location to those who choose to commute to work by bicycle. The Bike Hub YMCA also partners with local cycling initiatives to create awareness and knowledge surrounding cycling and commuting to work by bike. The Bike Hub features a Bike and Shower Membership for bicycle commuters at a rate of $27/mo. For more information about the Bike Hub YMCA please visit, and select Indy Bike Hub YMCA under the Center tab.

Vote for the Intercollegiate YMCA

Indy Star, 4/24/2015

Indy Star, 5/11/2015

Congratulations to the Intercollegiate YMCA for winning the Indy Star’s Our Children/Our City Innovation Grant Program. The center currently serves children and families who live in Section 8 public housing in Laurelwood Apartments, but have hopes of expanding the program to three other housing units. The Y will receive $25,000 from the 2014 Our Children/Our City and Season for Sharing fundraising campaign. A special thanks to all of the Indy Star readers who voted for the Y! 

Baxter Y to Host Senior Health Fair May 15

Daily Journal, 4/20/2015

The Baxter Y will host its Spring Health Fair for seniors on May 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 100 attendees are expected to turn out for this annual event. For more information call the Baxter YMCA at 317-881-9347.

Y Supports Black Lives Matter Initiative

Indy Star, 4/18/2015

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and other local organizations are partnering to find ways to help the growing number of young black males who are falling through the cracks. The Indy Star reported on the press conference hosted by a group of concerned citizens and leaders who have launched the “Your Life Matters” initiative. One of the ways the Y is helping with this initiative is through our Y-Future Leaders Program, which targets at-risk youth and gives them opportunities to become positive adult leaders.

Workout Wednesdays Begin April 15

WISH TV Ch. 8 News, 4/7/2015

WRTV Ch. 6 News, 4/14/2015

Indy Star, 4/15/2015

Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street begin today at noon! The classes are hosted by the Downtown Ys and provide free exercise classes for the public. The weekly class is so popular that it recently made the Indy Star’s list of the Best Things to do in April! WRTV Ch. 6 and WISH TV Ch. 8 News reported on some of the new offerings that will be included during this year’s classes.

Y Instructor Named One of Best Fitness Gurus in Indy

Indy Star, 3/31/2015

Congrats to Julie Voris, Exercise Instructor at the Fishers YMCA, for being recognized by the Indy Star as one of the best fitness gurus in the area!

Flat Rock Hosts Dinner at Greek Islands Restaurant

IBJ, 4/4/2015

Flat Rock River YMCA Camp is hosting a dinner at Greek Islands Restaurants to benefit its gluten-free session camps on April 19 between 3 and 5 p.m. The cost to attend is $35. Contact for more information.

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