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5th Annual Y-Achievers Scholarship Banquet

Press Release 8/31/2014

The Avondale Meadows YMCA’s 5th Annual Y-Achiever’s Scholarship Banquet, presented by the Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 25 at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. 

The Y-Achievers Program addresses critical issues affecting today’s young people and focuses on college readiness. Students are prepared for college and careers through workshops, tutoring, career exploration activities and college tours.  After completing the program, each participant gains essential life skills, which are necessary for their personal growth, as well as their future contributions to society. 

At the banquet, one deserving student will be recognized as the Y-Achiever of the year and will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward their college tuition. Additional funds that will be awarded include the Distinguished Scholarships and the Eli Lilly and Company African American Network, Dr. Yetunde Olabisi Taiwo Scholarship.

Jemele Hill, television personality and ESPN columnist, will be the guest speaker at this year’s event. Hill is an award winning journalist who spent over a decade working as a sports reporter and columnist with Raleigh News & Observer, Detroit Free Press and Orlando Sentinel. In 2006 she was hired by ESPN, and has since established herself as one of the network’s most provocative and popular personalities, both as a writer of a twice-weekly column for, and as a regular contributor to ESPN’s “1st and Ten,” “Jim Rome Is Burning,” and “Around The Horn.” Read more…

Avondale Meadows Y Celebrates First Anniversary

Press Release, 8/11/2014

Indy Star, 8/18/2014

The Avondale Meadows YMCA will celebrate its one year anniversary this month by inviting the public to its free Community Day on August 16 from 1-3 p.m. at the Avondale Meadows YMCA, 3908 Meadows Drive. Attendees will be enjoy exercise demonstrations, health screenings and a host of fun activities for kids and families.

During Community Day, attendees will also be asked to help the Avondale Meadows YMCA win the 2014 Lincoln Legacy Award by voting for the organization online. Each year Lincoln Financial Group recognizes and invests in nonprofit organizations whose principles and programs advance Abraham Lincoln’s legacy of freedom and opportunity through education. The Avondale Meadows YMCA is one of ten finalist for this year’s $50,000 award. The Y was selected as a finalist for its Y-Achievers Program, which help students prepare for college through a variety of tools, workshops and resources. The public can help the Y win the award by voting online at

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Benjamin Harrison YMCA Hosts Summer Bash Fundraiser

WISH TV Ch. 8, 8/17/2014

The Benjamin Harrison YMCA will host its Summer Bash fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6-9 p.m., at The Garrison. The event is held each year to help raise funds for the Y’s Annual Campaign, which allows individuals and families to participate in Y programs. To purchase tickets for the Summer Bash call 317-547-9622.

Pediatric Weight Mgmt Program Offered at HRH YMCA

Hendricks County Flyer, 7/23/2014

Hendricks Regional Health and the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA are presenting a pediatric weight management program called STOP for children ages 8-18. The 12-week program meets each week at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA.

Y Volunteers Recognized at IBE’s Diversity Awards Breakfast

Indy Star, 7/17/2014

Congratulations to YMCA of Greater Indianapolis’ board member, Sue Tempero for receiving the Diversity Advocate Award at this year’s 31st Annual Diversity Volunteer Awards Breakfast. Sue was nominated for being an active champion in raising the cultural competency of staff and volunteers at the Y for many years. Youth volunteer, Rahil Thanawal, was also recognized with the Outstanding Service Award for helping to furnish the Child Watch area at the Fishers YMCA.

Avondale Meadows Y Hosts Aspen Dental’s Mouth Mobile

WTHR Ch. 13, 7/24/2014

The Avondale Meadows YMCA partnered with Aspen Dental’s Mouth Mobile to provide free dental services to local residents. Professional race car driver, Danica Patrick also came out to meet patients and to support this initiative.

Baxter Y Offers Synchronized Swimming Class

The Daily Journal, 7/22/2014

The Baxter YMCA is now offering synchronized swimming classes to young girls. Register today!

Juvenile Justice Jeopardy Comes to Ransburg Y

WRTV Ch. 6 News, WTHR Ch. 13 News, 7/22/2014

A special thanks to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and local business owners who brought “Juvenile Justice Jeopardy” to the Ransburg YMCA. The game teaches teens how to interact with the police.

Y at the Athenaeum Recognized as One of the Best Local Gyms in Indy

Nuvo Magazine, 7/23/2014

Congratulations to the YMCA at the Athenaeum for being recognized as one of the “Best Local Gyms/Fitness Joints” in Nuvo’s Best of Indy Contest.

YMCAs Offer a Course for a Diabetic Nation

New York Times, 7/3/2014

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program was featured in the New York Times for helping thousands of people combat diabetes at local YMCAs across the country. The article credited the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for starting the program, here in Indy. 

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