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Free Water Safety Program

Ch. 6, Ch. 8Fox 59

The YMCA SPLASH Program will be offered to children ages six to 12 from June 2-5 at select YMCA locations. The SPLASH program is free to the community and participants will learn how to be safe in and around water. Kids are able to attend the program for one day or all four days. 

SPLASH can also be conducted by the Y and hosted at your community swimming pool with pool time and/or classroom-only presentations. For more information, contact John Fero at jfero@indymca.org or 317-554-8077. 

YMCA SPLASH will be offered at the following locations:

Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby Street, Indianapolis

317-881-9347; 4:50-5:30 p.m. OR 5:40-6:20 p.m.

Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis

317-547-9622; 4:50-5:30 p.m. OR 5:40-6:20 p.m.

Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th Street, Fishers

317-595-9622; 5-5:45 p.m. OR 6-6:45 p.m. 

Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Parkway, Avon

317-273-9622; 4:50-5:30 p.m. OR 5:40-6:20 p.m.

Jordan YMCA, 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis

317-253-3206; 4:50-5:30 p.m. OR 5:40-6:20 p.m.

Ransburg YMCA, 501 N. Shortridge Road, Indianapolis

317-357-8441, 4:50-5:30 p.m. OR 5:40-6:20 p.m.

Witham Family YMCA, 2791 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon

765-483-9622; 5-5:45 p.m. OR 6-6:45 p.m.

Registration is required. YMCA swim lessons are available for people of all ages and levels. For more information visit www.OurCauseIsYour.org or call your local Y.

YMCA Outdoor Pools Open

Ch. 8 News

YMCA outdoor pools are now open! Ellen Smith, Aquatics Coordinator at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, shared safety tips about how to be safe in and around water.

Outdoor pools are located at the following locations: Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis; Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Rd., Indianapolis; Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th St., Fishers; Jordan YMCA, 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis; Ransburg YMCA, 501 N. Shortridge Rd.

Mr. Mojo Brings Anti-Bullying Message to the Y

Ch. 13

Travis Brown, bka Mr. Mojo, brought his anti-bullying message to local students during a special presentation at the Avondale Meadows YMCA on May 23rd. Travis’ tours has made him known as America’s Anti-Bullying Coach for his tireless work to fight the social epidemic of bullying and change the lives of today’s youth.

YMCA Day Camps

Video from the Indiana Civil Rights Commission

A special thanks to Brian Shelley, Sr. Program Director, Youth Enrichment YMCA and Anne Graves, Director of Health Initiatives, Association Office, for participating in the Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s video about the YMCA’s Day Camp program.

Y Program Helps At-Risk Youth

Indy Star, 5/19/2014

Roderick Conwell, Chair, Avondale Meadows YMCA Center Advisory Board, submitted an opinion article to the Indy Star bout the Y-Future Leaders Program. The program targets at-risk boys and girls and strives to help them turn their lives around. In the article, Conwell, asked the public for their assistance in helping the Y enroll more kids into the program.

YMCA Offers Park & Ride Option for Bike to Work Day

Press Release, 5/12/2014

Ch. 13, Ch. 6, Fox 59

WHAT: The Y is inviting the community to park their cars at select YMCAs and take part in a group ride for Bike to Work Day.

 WHEN: May 16, 2014, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (group bike rides to depart at 6:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis

 Jordan YMCA, 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis

DETAILS:

The Benjamin Harrison and Jordan YMCAs will offer free parking to individuals who are planning to participate in this year’s Bike to Work Day. Local residents may park their cars at the Benjamin Harrison and Jordan YMCAs and then hop on their bikes for a group ride downtown.

More than 1,500 cyclist are expected to participate in this year’s Bike to Work Day. YMCA group rides will depart from each location 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

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

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Group riders depart for home (groups for Benjamin Harrison and Jordan YMCAs will leave at 5 p.m.)

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

For more information about the group ride at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, call 317.547.9622. For information about the group ride at the Jordan YMCA, call 317.253.3206.

Pike Y Hosts Night of Prayer

Press Release, 5/6/2014

WHAT: The Pike YMCA Christian Emphasis Committee will host a night of prayer for Pike Township.

WHEN:   May 13, 2014, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. 

WHERE: Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis

DETAILS:

Volunteers and staff of the Pike YMCA is inviting the community for a Night of Prayer for Pike Township. The event is open to the public and will be led by the Pike YMCA Christian Emphasis Committee and members of area churches in Pike township. 

The goal of the event is to strengthen the community and bring everyone closer together through the power of  prayer. Local churches, residents and Y employees will pray for children, parents,  churches, businesses, unity and our government officials. Registration is not required. 

For more information contact Marvin Rowe Jr. at 317.554.1273 or mrowe@indymca.org for questions or more details.

49th YMCA Good Friday Breakfast

WTHR Ch. 13

A special thanks to Rachael Vaught, Director of Special Events, Josh Heaston, Director of Christian Emphasis, both from the Association Office, along with all of the volunteers from the Good Friday Breakfast Committee for leading this year’s event. Nearly 800 people came out this morning for fellowship, prayer and to hear Sujo John’s inspiring story.

Mentoring Kids is a Cool Job

Indy Star, 4/16/2014 & Fox 59 News, 4/14/2014

Fred Dorsey, Mentoring Program Specialist, Avondale Meadows YMCA, was highlighted in the Indy Star’s “Cool Jobs” column. Fred talked about his position and how he tries to help young people who are in the juvenile system. Fred was also interviewed by Fox 59 News about his efforts in helping youth.



Flat Rock Camp Offers a Variety of Options for Kids

The Greensburg Daily News, 4/18/2014

The Greensburg Daily News did a great story about Flat Rock River YMCA Camp. Kristen Evans, Program Director, was interviewed and shared information about the Y’s core values and the variety of choices kids have when they come to camp.

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