The importance of health and family has taken center stage. Research from the CDC indicates that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and nutrient-rich meals strengthens our ability to combat illnesses — making it a key focus for families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find out what the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is doing to help local families live healthier in 2021.
1. Experience Family Fun and Fitness at the YMCA
The Y is here for you and your family with seven locations that offer clean welcoming spaces to support you on your health seeking journey. Facial coverings and social distancing are core to keeping you safe.
As the weather gets colder:
- You can enjoy a run, jog or walk using our indoor track.
- Get a complete workout in our wellness center using industry standard cardio and strength training equipment
- Reserve a lane for lap swimming in our pool
- Or reserve the gym time to play with the kids
- Register for group exercise (Masks are required and social distancing is practiced so everyone can have fun safely).
Learn about the YMCA’s cleaning and safety protocols here and their community impact today.
2. Enroll Today — Tuition Free Pre-School
The YMCA is operating a Great Start Readiness Program for families with kids who will be four years old by Dec. 1, 2020, at our Boll Family YMCA location in Downtown Detroit. Give your preschooler a great start today. Household incomes exceeding $100,000-plus are eligible.
3. Be a Superhero: Become a YMCA Lifeguard or YMCA Learning Assistant Today
The Y is currently offering both full-time and part-time paid opportunities to serve your community. Find more information about career opportunities here. Free training provided
4. Register today — Early Childhood Education and School Age Care
- Boll Family YMCA: 1401 Broadway, Suite 3A, Detroit
- Downriver Family YMCA: 16777 Northline Road, Southgate
- Farmington YMCA: 28100 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
- South Oakland Family YMCA: 1016 W. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
- YMCA Camp Ohiyesa: 7300 Hickory Ridge Road, Holly
- Farmington Schools Sites
Select YMCA locations offer affordable early education for kids in pre-k, along with childcare for children as young as six weeks. Programming aims to help strengthen the family unit and help kids build skills needed to start school. All programs offer free or low-cost meals to kids and will maintain proper coronavirus safety protocols.
5. Get out and play with the YMCA SportPort Team
The YMCA’s YPPI SportPort Team visits local neighborhoods from Macomb to Pontiac to provide free, organized, outdoor play to school age youth. Click the link above to find a location near you and to register your child today. Children learn to play baseball, basketball, tennis, hockey and other games.
6. Pass the word — the YMCA is Providing Free Grab n’ Go Meals
This fall we are distributing ready to eat meals at eight locations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The bundles include four lunches or suppers and snacks. All meals come with low-fat milk and prioritize fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. Also includes recipes and fun STEM activities for children.
7. Imagine. Create. Belong: Y Arts Media Club
Does your teen have an interest in photography, TV/video production, movie making, or performing for the camera? Y Arts, in partnership with the Detroit Creativity Project, has just the program to nurture those ambitions. Youth ages 13- 18 can join our Y Arts Media Club, a fun and engaging online improv and media arts program for metro Detroit high school students. The Afterschool Media Club gives teens an opportunity to build media production skills, create shareable content, make friends and find a safe online space to belong. The program runs Dec. 2, 2020-May 26, 2021. It is free for Y members and $25 for all others. Register today!
8. Experience The Improv Project Online
The YMCA and the Detroit Creativity Project come together to form the Improv Project online, which offers interactive arts and education.
9. Virtual Career Prep
This online service for teens helps them prepare for life beyond high school, call 313-223-2841 for more information.
10. Virtual YMCA
Learn about our virtual services and get information about community resources to support your family, including information on utility shut-off prevention, unemployment, food pickup and much more.
Content brought to you by the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. For more information on your local YMCA, or details on even more YMCA happenings, ymcadetroit.org.
This post is updated regularly.