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Child Abuse Prevention Month: How to Talk About Abuse

Apr 27, 2021

Talking With Your Children About Abuse
Many parents and caregivers find speaking to their children about abuse to be uncomfortable. Framing these conversations around other safety conversations you have may help you work through some of that uncomfortableness. Below you’ll find age-appropriate ways to talk to your child about boundaries and preventing abuse. 

ALL CPAs and the West Suburban YMCA: A Longtime Partnership

Mar 05, 2021

ALL CPAs has been a longtime supporter of the Y. Chris O’Day, Director of Marketing, shared with us the deep roots of this important partnership:

Mission Moment: Making A Difference at Newton Corner Place

Mar 05, 2021

Newton Corner Place (NCP), the Y's single occupant residency housing for formerly homeless men, is the only development of its kind in Newton and provides a critical landing spot for residents in all stages of their life.

February is American Heart Month

Feb 17, 2021

February is American Heart Month, and the Y is encouraging the community to focus on their heart health and learn how to lessen their risk for heart disease, one of the greatest health risks to Americans. 

For All: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Feb 08, 2021

The West Suburban YMCA is committed to putting action behind the words in our mission statement—“for all”—and has embarked on a long-term initiative to strengthen our organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion policies and actions.

Here are just some of the action steps we’ve been taking in our effort to become an anti-racist organization:

Sign Up Now for Summer Camps

Jan 21, 2021

Registration is open for the West Suburban YMCA’s summer camp season. Y camps offer kids an engaging environment where they build confidence, make new friends, feel a sense of belonging, and create memories that will last a lifetime. The West Suburban YMCA offers three summer camps: Camp Pikati, Camp Chickami, and Camp Frank A. Day. 

Participate in our Virtual MLK Day of Service

Jan 11, 2021

Last January on MLK Day of Service, we collected and packed hundreds of household items into “blessing bags” for clients of The Second Step, who provides essential services for families dealing with domestic violence. It was a great success and left us excited to do more in 2021.

New Year, New Goals: 5 Resolutions for 2021

Jan 05, 2021
A new year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself. Many of us are ready to turn the page for a fresh start in 2021 after the stress and uncertainty of the past year.  There are endless opportunities to set new goals for a happy, healthy year.   

The Y: More Than A Familiar Place

Dec 28, 2020

As we near the end of 2020, longtime Y member Bob Bouchal shared what the Y has meant to him over the years, and how he continues to return "home" to the Y during this tumultuous time.


How the Y Rescued One Family During COVID

Dec 15, 2020

Zhenya Barshai’s family first came to the Y in the summer of 2020. Six months later, they can’t imagine life without the Community Connections Out-of-School Time program. She shared more about their experience with us: