Category: Locations

February 05, 2018
Orlando, Fla., to Host 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championship The swimming championship will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center on International Drive ORLANDO, FLA. (Sept. 8, 2016) -- The Central Florida YMCA is pleased to announce that Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) has selected Orlando and the Central Florida YMCA to host the 2018 Pan American Masters Championship. The Championship will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center… [...]
November 20, 2017
During our 2017 summer camp program YMCA Camp Wewa was visited by the American Camp Association (ACA) to do an accreditation visit and we are happy to report that we have received our official accreditation this fall! The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share their knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. The… [...]
April 04, 2017
In support of its mission to improve community health, the YMCA of Central Florida has begun a major renovation to the Oviedo YMCA Family Center. It is the fourth Y facility in recent years to undergo a significant renovation or expansion as the organization seeks to expand its impact through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Included in the yearlong renovation will be new locker rooms, family changing rooms,… [...]
April 04, 2017
As the YMCA Teen Achievers Program continues to grow and thrive, a record-breaking 10 students received onsite admission during the Achievers’ 2017 Spring College Tour and eight received scholarship awards totaling $152,000. Now in its 27th year, Y Teen Achievers provides the extra mentoring and academic support that many youth need to make smart decisions and pursue their college and career dreams. The program’s annual college tours cap off a… [...]
March 10, 2017
As YMCA Teen Achievers kick off their annual college tour, the program has received a $75,000 grant from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a McCormick Foundation Fund, in support of college and career readiness among at-risk teens. The grant will be used to expand YMCA Teen Achiever programs for students who live in Orlando’s Holden Heights neighborhood and attend Jones High School or Memorial Middle School. The OMYF has generously… [...]
January 18, 2017
Chances are 2017 isn't the first time you've resolved to lose a few pounds. In fact, last year, losing weight topped the charts as the most common New Year's Resolution. The pattern is familiar: You start your journey to a healthier lifestyle determined that this is the year you are going to make the change. You are dedicated, and don't miss a sweat session for the first week. As the days go… [...]
November 15, 2016
Getting started on a fitness plan isn’t always easy, especially as the end of the year approaches. With the holiday season starting to kick in, schedules get busier, and your time to focus on yourself often takes a backseat to the demands of your work-life balance. At the Y, we understand that this is a reality. That’s why we recommend setting your sites on something tangible to help you start… [...]
October 09, 2016
January 2018 Our vision is to provide a high-quality, safe, and stimulating environment for your children. In order to meet that vision, and to help us grow, we need your involvement and feedback. We take your concerns very seriously and make every effort to address issues within our Centers. In order to assist with this, we have outlined a process and provided contact information for parents to share concerns or… [...]
September 30, 2016
Now that school is back in session and schedules have been set, we would like to provide a few back-to-school tips to help your child be successful this school year. It's been proven that children are more likely to succeed academically when parents take an active role in their education. And here are some simple tips to help you achieve that: Make sure your child gets proper rest in order… [...]
July 06, 2016
If you have visited the Downtown YMCA in the last few months, you may have noticed our new Technogym® equipment. And, if you have been into the cycle studio or upstairs in the last 10 days, you may have also taken note of brand new group cycle bikes and television in the cycle studio.  While the equipment itself is top-of-the line, it is actually the technology within the equipment that sets… [...]
June 14, 2016
  As our community grapples with the tragic event of June 12, 2016, our Downtown Orlando YMCA family would like to extend our chaplain services to any and all community members who are seeking support or a listening ear.  If you would like to reach out directly to our chaplains, please email [email protected]  You can also stop by our membership desk, and we will connect you with a chaplain. Our Downtown… [...]
April 01, 2016
With pools, lakes and beaches all around us, drowning is a leading cause of death among Florida kids, ages 1 - 14.   To help kids stay safe in and around the water this summer, the YMCA of Central Florida is offering 10,000 complimentary swim lessons to children ages 4 to 12 during our Safety Around Water event, April 25-28.  Introductory lessons will be provided by certified Y swim instructors,… [...]
March 10, 2016
Healthy emotional development is critical in the first five years of a child’s life. Everyday social interaction with parents, caregivers and others provides the foundation for all areas of a child’s brain development. It’s also the gateway for encouraging children to develop the self-control, focus and confidence they’ll need to be successful in school and beyond. At the YMCA Child Development Centers at Walt Disney World Resort, we pride ourselves… [...]
February 23, 2016
Despite mounting pressure to start formal education sooner than ever, research shows that our youngest children benefit most from a fun, active learning environment that encourages them to explore the world around them. This "Learning Through Play" philosophy best describes the Y's approach to early childhood learning at our YMCA Child Development Centers at Lake Buena Vista and Sherberth. In fact, what looks like play is actually disguised learning as… [...]
January 20, 2016
Two top experts in the fields of education and child development recently joined our YMCA Family Centers at Walt Disney World® Resort. Dr. Kinyata McGee-Swope, who holds advanced degrees in education, is the new Executive Director of the Y’s Sherberth location. And Mary Anderson, 25-year YMCA early learning professional, has assumed leadership of the Lake Buena Vista location. Mary replaces Nicci Bucher who has been elevated to the Y’s new District… [...]
January 19, 2016
From the time they're born, children learn all the time and everywhere they go. In fact, research tells us that kids' most important learning takes place before age 5. That's why the YMCA Early Learning Centers at Walt Disney World Resort give kids a jump start on school through innovative, accredited Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) programs. With a solid focus on pre-reading, pre-math and social skills, 98% of kids who complete the… [...]
January 19, 2016
A new study by the Pew Research Center tells us something that working parents everywhere already know: Today's families are stressed, tired, rushed and finding it harder than ever to achieve a proper work-life balance. And while nearly 60% of all kids now grow up in homes where one or both parents work, public and private programs to help families cope still lag far behind. According to the New York… [...]
November 19, 2015
Talk about stressful. The average American spends 42 hours on holiday activities ─ adding the equivalent of a full week of work on top of already busy schedules. Not surprisingly, research shows that women feel more holiday stress than men ─ and parents, in general, feel more pressure than others. Kids react, too, when their normal routines are disrupted. With that in mind, here are a few tips from the… [...]
November 18, 2015
As a mission driven organization dedicated to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA of Central Florida is committed to providing convenient, high-quality child care to help Disney Cast Member families stay strong ─ and raise the next generation of Disney Dreamers and Doers! From the first day your child joins us, the Y focuses on helping them reach their fullest healthiest potential ─ one lesson, one active… [...]
October 06, 2015
The Y of Central Florida is excited to announce that our very own Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Vice President of YMCA Aquatics, has been honored with the 2015 USA Swimming Award. Considered swimming’s highest honor, the award recognizes recipients’ outstanding contributions to the sport. “I am incredibly humbled by this award, mainly because I think swimming has given me so much more than I could ever imagine… [...]
September 25, 2015
The YMCA of Central Florida wishes to honor the memory of Jim Hinson, Former President, CEO and Chairman of Dr. Phillips Charities, who recently passed away. Hinson transformed Dr. Phillips Charities into one of the most generous local charitable organizations with the YMCA of Central Florida as its primary support agency. The YMCA of Central Florida has benefited greatly from this generosity, as have countless other local arts, cultural, educational,… [...]
August 03, 2015
When the final bell rings for the day at more than 62 elementary and middle schools throughout Central Florida – Y time begins! With a curriculum focused on providing academic support, homework help, health and wellness, enrichment and mentorship, the Y’s award-winning Elementary and Middle School After School Programs, provides kids with a safe and nurturing environment during out of school hours. Operated in partnership with Orange, Osceola, Brevard and… [...]
July 21, 2015
It continues to be a big, busy summer of fun, discovery and learning for more than 24,000 kids who are taking part in YMCA Summer Camp, Summer Learning and Teen Leadership programs. By blending learning with fun -- along with a curriculum focused on values, reading, wellness and strengthening families -- YMCA campers are on track to enjoy 8 million minutes of reading time this summer. Sound like homework? Not at the… [...]
July 19, 2015
As parents, we know that raising healthy, happy kids is probably the hardest, yet most rewarding job we’ll ever do. Unfortunately, finding quality, affordable child care – the kind that nurtures and cherishes our children the way we do – is often our second biggest challenge. At the Y, we understand this. It’s why we’ve been partnering with Walt Disney World for more than a decade to provide cast member… [...]
July 15, 2015
When Quinton English fell ill two years ago, he thought it was the flu. Saying goodnight to his wife, Betty, and daughters, Katie and Taylor, he hoped he’d feel better in the morning. But when he didn’t wake up, it was his dog, Levi, who alerted the family that something was very wrong. “It all began with a bark and quick action by Betty,” said Quinton, a Dr. P. Phillips… [...]
March 27, 2015
Today, according to The American Heart Association website, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. In addition, obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression. And excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood. Furthermore, when the school year ends, the physical and educational health of… [...]
March 10, 2015
Check out the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Summer 2015 Program Guide to get information on classes (descriptions and times), programs, volunteer opportunities, Child Development Center policies, Healthy Living initiatives, our Blueprint for a Healthy Community (Mission Expansion) and more ... Just click on the image below and check out your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about your membership, programs, services and benefits associated with the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. [...]

NAVIGATING ADOLESCENCE

January 05, 2015
Monday, January 19, 5-6 PM, Oviedo YMCA. Adolescence is hard. Parenting is hard. Parenting adolescent children is often chaotic and overwhelming. But this season of life can be navigated with grace, dignity and skill that will benefit both you and your child. This workshop is an important opportunity to learn about adolescence while developing ways to engage with your adolescent child in a way that will help you and your… [...]
November 07, 2014
More than 300 guests, community partners and members of the Dr. Phillips community gathered on the front lawn of the Dr. Phillips YMCA to celebrate the $9.5 million expansion and renovation of the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. The celebration, which took place on Wednesday, November 5, was filled with warm reflections from community members, who shared how the Y has positively impacted their lives over the past 30 years. David… [...]
November 05, 2014
MISSION ENHANCEMENT A BLUEPRINT FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY The Dr. P. Phillips Y is one of the most unique YMCAs in the country. Its proximity to local elementary, middle and high schools has made it a focal point for family and community life. At the Dr. Phillips Y, you can see all ages engaging in wellness, education, socializing and more every day. The facility has been expanded several times since opening in… [...]
October 16, 2014
There are lots of great reasons to join the Y! Check out the video to see a few of those reasons.  Also, bring your friends, family, and neighbors to our Fall Festival on October 25th, 11am-2pm, so they can experience a complimentary, fun day at the Downtown Y! The event is free and open to the community.   [...]
September 17, 2014
Getting fit and physically active are major components in helping kids improve their wellness and maintain a healthy weight. That's why Florida Hospital for Children partners with the Y to provide greater access to top-notch fitness opportunities, as well as team of pediatric experts focused on all aspects of kids' health. Since 2014, Florida Hospital for Children's Center for Child & Family Wellness has operated its entire pediatric practice at three YMCA… [...]
September 04, 2014
Singing sensation and NBC's "The Voice" finalist Sisaundra Lewis will be headlining this year's Jazz on a Green. Jazz on a Green, presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, is Lake Nona’s premiere jazz and social community event in support of the UCF College of Medicine and the Lake Nona YMCA Scholarship Campaign providing higher education, health and spiritual wellness to the youth and families of Lake Nona. The concert will… [...]
September 03, 2014
DID YOU KNOW?:  The sport of Futsal was created by YMCAs in South America in the 1930's and1940's.   Futsal is a 5-on-5 version of soccer that is played indoors with a smaller ball and smaller goals.  This version of indoor soccer is brand new to our Downtown YMCA and to our entire YMCA of Central Florida association.  This is an exciting opportunity for kids who may be new to the sport of… [...]
September 03, 2014
You may have noticed some bulldozers on the back soccer fields recently, and that’s because mission expansion construction has officially begun. For those of you who are wondering why the trucks are digging up dirt way in the back, it’s because we will be improving the drainage system on the property and alleviating the water retention issue in the parking lot. We will also be adding 114 NEW parking spots.… [...]
September 03, 2014
You may have noticed a lot of Dr. Phillips YMCA staff in the parking lot this week wearing neon yellow shirts and directing members to parking spots. You also may have noticed a few of our staff driving golf carts and shuttling members to and from the Family Center. Parking lot expansion has begun, and in order to provide you with an additional 114 parking spots, we will temporarily be losing about 100 spots… [...]
August 12, 2014
To make the college application process less daunting for teens and families, the Y of Central Florida and Heart of Florida United Way have teamed up to launch the “Going to College” texting program. Based on a model from the Florida College Access Network, the program aims to increase college enrollment by providing guidance and information during the application process. By simply texting a pre-assigned code, students receive timely reminders… [...]
July 21, 2014
At the Y, we often talk about “mission.” And as with any worthwhile mission, the goal is to impact as many people in a positive way as possible. At the Dr. Phillips Y, we strive to do this every day, and now we are about to expand our mission by adding more programs and services that will improve the lives of even more individuals and families in the community. I’m… [...]
June 06, 2014
TIPS, TOOLS AND ACTIVITY Have fun with the family and 'Roll with It' this month. To play this game, you will need dice, a pencil and a piece of paper. Number the paper from 1-6. Next to each number, write down a physical activity and the number of times the activity should be performed (i.e. twenty jumping jacks). Your list could look something like this: 1.            Twenty jumping jacks 2.           … [...]
June 05, 2014
There’s a new expansion on the horizon, and one that will make the Dr. Phillips YMCA a one-of-a-kind facility. In the coming months, different phases of construction will take place that will transform our facility into the “Y of the future,” replete with racquetball courts, an enlarged spin room, a new and improved wellness floor, state-of-the-art lobby, healthy living cafe (with all healthy food options and a demonstration kitchen to… [...]
June 04, 2014
Join the Winter Park YMCA wellness team for an afternoon of fun and healthy living demonstrations at Whole Foods Market (1989 Aloma Ave.) on Thursday, June 5th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. This "Natural Fit" block party themed experience will feature Zumba classes, fitness demonstrations, FREE food, music and prizes. Event attendees will also have a chance to win a free YMCA membership! For more information, please call the Winter Park… [...]
June 03, 2014
The YCF Loreleis, a competitive and developmental synchronized swim team at the YMCA Aquatic Center, has been qualified to compete at the 2014 USA National Synchronized Swimming competition in Seattle, Washington June 27 - July 5. The YCF Loreleis was founded in 1975 by Mary Rose, an award-winning synchronized swimmer. This is the first time in the past 24 year that this team has qualified to compete at the national level.… [...]
June 03, 2014
Everyone likes to think of summer as an idyllic, carefree time when kids enjoy enriching family trips to museums, read great books and get plenty of active, outdoor play. But for far too many kids, summer has become a time of learning loss, weight gain and endless hours of unsupervised TV or computer time. According to the National Summer Learning Association, it’s a problem we as a community and nation… [...]
May 30, 2014
  Activities for the Kids Teen Strength and Conditioning Parents and Kids RUNNING CLUB Teen RUNNING CLUB Summer Camp. Different theme each week Dance Camp Summer Soccer Camp Mommy & Me Art Class Science Lab AM & PM Kid Fit classes Come on in and register or call 407-359-3606 for more information. [...]
May 29, 2014
Our Downtown YMCA celebrated Healthy Senior Day on Wednesday May 28th.  Seniors took advantage of free blood pressure screenings, specialized group exercise classes, diabetes and cancer information, and even a hat contest.  Hundreds of seniors frequent the Downtown YMCA on a daily basis to stay connected to the community, meet friends, and stay active and healthy.  From water fitness classes to card-playing groups and volunteering to conversation over coffee, seniors… [...]
May 28, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida kicked off the summer season on Saturday, May 17, with a Splash Bash Celebration, where more than 160 minority youth received free swim lessons. The celebration, promoting water safety and water survival techniques, was held at four YMCA locations, which included the Wayne Densch YMCA, South Orlando YMCA, Blanchard Park YMCA and the Osceola YMCA. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, about 70 percent of African-American… [...]
January 13, 2014
At the Downtown Orlando YMCA, we have programs and activities for everyone, regardless of their health and wellness needs. As part of our commitment to provide something for everyone, we have developed  Fit For All Groups, coach-led small groups focused around common interests. These groups will meet once per week for 12 weeks beginning the week of January 20. You will receive coach guidance, support from other members, and maybe even… [...]

Volunteer at the Y

October 01, 2013
The importance of volunteerism can't be overstated. At the Y, we could never accomplish our program goals without the help of our volunteers, and we are so appreciative of the support they provide. Our Day of Sharing is an opportunity for us to convey our cause and mission to members, stress our focus on social responsibility and get our members excited about volunteer opportunities. And it is also an opportunity… [...]
September 11, 2013
Why the Downtown Orlando YMCA's Heroes Salute and First Responders Program is Important in So Many Ways   Today, as we remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, it’s important that the Central Florida region comes together to not only honor the victims of that fateful day, but to forge new relationships and enhance existing ones with friends and neighbors in an effort to make our local communities better places… [...]
September 04, 2013
From September 1 through 15, the Winter Park YMCA Family Center will be honoring the region’s first responders by offering no barriers to join the Y Family. For all police department, sheriff’s department, fire department, prison and EMT employees, the standard joiner’s fee will be waived, and first responders will be able to sign up their families for the individual membership rate.   The Winter Park Y will also host… [...]
September 03, 2013
From September 1 through 15, the Downtown Orlando YMCA Family Center will be honoring the region’s first responders by offering no barriers to join the Y Family. For all police department, sheriff’s department, fire department, prison and EMT employees, the standard joiner's fee will be waived, and first responders will be able to sign up their families for the individual membership rate.   The Downtown Y will also host a… [...]
September 02, 2013
More than 400 families are enjoying the new Aquatics Complex at the Winter Park YMCA today. The Family Center is hosting a Labor Day grill and chill pool party to open the new amenity, which includes a ramp with rails for easy access, a dedicated space for water aerobics and senior fitness classes, climbing ropes and giant water-pouring bucket for kids, and a dedicated hoops area where teens can improve… [...]
August 15, 2013
On August 13, the first Olympic Challenge LIVE Google+ Hangout took off running! Members watched live at the Downtown Orlando YMCA or tuned into Facebook and Google+ as Mariana Gonzalez, Downtown Orlando Director of Health and Wellness, and Justin Higa, Roper YMCA Wellness Director, answered a variety of questions regarding the best cardio workouts, dealing with injuries and good training exercises for high school athletes. The live event was designed… [...]
August 07, 2013
Eighteen months ago, the Y of Central Florida set out to revamp our summer camp program and make it even more effective in addressing the challenges facing today’s kids and families. In doing so, we talked to parents, teachers and educational leaders whose insight helped shape our new curriculum – one based on values, reading, wellness and strengthening families.   When we launched the program in June, we knew we… [...]
April 18, 2013
The Y’s Teen Achievers and Middle School Achievers groups recently completed their spring college bus tours, with nearly 150 kids participating. It was the first year for the middle-school group, which enjoyed a one-day visit to UCF, Valencia Community College and Rollins College. Over the course of their four-day excursion, the high-school Achievers toured Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, Fisk, Meharry Medical College and other leading Southeastern universities. Many also… [...]
February 20, 2013
Nearly every day around 3 p.m., staff at the South Orlando Y receieve a clear reminder of why their work is so important.   “As soon as school lets out at Oak Ridge High, kids start climbing over the back fence and trying to sneak into the Y,” said Liz Diaz, South Orlando Y membership coordinator. “They want to be here because it’s a safe place to play basketball and be… [...]
February 20, 2013
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting a bright, beautiful young lady who has overcome more tragedy and challenge than many of us will face in a lifetime. Only 15, Rabecca’s family life has always been difficult, but when her father suddenly died last year it touched off a storm of emotions that left her frightened, hopeless and alone.   Finding little support at home, Rabecca began acting out… [...]
February 20, 2013
All parents want the best for their children. Close bonds, good friends, strong values and sense of belonging. But sometimes unexpected things happen that can truly turn a family’s life upside down. Such was the case five years ago for Osceola YMCA members Eric and Janelle Jenkins. As the parents of two beautiful little boys with a third on the way, things seemed nearly perfect. But when Eli was born… [...]
January 08, 2013
More than 1,700 runners filled the Marion County YMCA parking lot and fields Thanksgiving morning to participate in our 17th Annual Turkey Trot.   Our annual 5K raises money for our Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance for people in our community to participate in Y programs. At the Y, we believe that people of all ages and all walks of life should have the opportunity to participate in programs… [...]
January 04, 2013
Every day, your Golden Triangle YMCA helps the people of Lake County grow healthier and stronger. It's a commitment that our employees take very seriously. Our goal is to help everyone, from toddlers to adults, make the very most of their lives. In 2013 we want you to GET BACK TO YOUR BEST and we can help you reach your goals through our COACH APPROACH program, a personalized wellness program… [...]
November 21, 2012
Evans Hubbard is our Champion of Youth. Each year, he supports a wide range of charitable programs and organizations like the YMCA dedicated to education, youth, community service, health and the arts. He has consistently supported the YMCA in our efforts to create a safe place for kids and families in undeserved communities at our Tangelo Park YCMA where his support provides kids a chance to build life skills in… [...]
November 15, 2012
At the Lake Nona YMCA, we are intentionally bringing together our diverse neighborhoods and forging a supportive, nurturing and unified community for every man, woman and child in Central Florida.  That’s why, we are coming together for our Jingle Bell Family Fun Run/Walk.  This holiday season come join us as we promote healthy living and unite families and our community.   Everyone is welcome to participate.  Bring your family and… [...]
November 15, 2012
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the YMCA of Central Florida is encouraging people in Central Florida to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take the steps to prevent the disease through programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.  During National Diabetes Awareness Month, our Tangelo Park YMCA is encouraging yout to take… [...]
November 12, 2012
At our Y, we make it our job to provide family time by bringing families together to have fun and grow together. That’s why we provided not-so-scary fall festival for our South Orlando community. We brought together over 300 families to participate in an environment where they could relationships with other families in the community. Some of the highlights were the mummy wrap race, trick or treating in our various… [...]
November 08, 2012
At the Osceola County Y, we are intentionally bringing together our diverse neighborhoods and forging a supportive, nurturing and unified community for every man, woman and child in Central Florida.  That's why, we are coming together for our Annual 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk.  This holiday season come join us as we promote healthy living and unite families and our community.   Everyone is welcome to participate.  Bring your family and make this a holiday… [...]
November 07, 2012
At the J. Douglas Williams YMCA every fall we bring families together with our youth basketball league.  Hundreds of  kids spend their Saturdays at the Y learning new skills and team work.  Our coaches instill powerful values and leadership in our basketball players, which prepares them for future life experiences.   On the television.  In the movies.  In the songs you hear in the radio.  It seems as though everywhere you… [...]
November 05, 2012
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and as a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the YMCA of Central Florida is encouraging people in Central Florida to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and take the steps to prevent the disease through programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.  During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage all community members to take control of… [...]
November 05, 2012
At the Y, we're bigger than a health club.  That's why the Roper YMCA hosted our Major Donor Celebration dinner at the Garden Building in Downtown, Winter Garden. At the event, we recognized donors that made contributions of $1,000 or more to the Roper Y Youth Scholarship Campaign. This particular campaign helps keep less fortunate kids off the street and gives them opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. The Roper Y is committed to developing… [...]
November 05, 2012
At the Downtown Orlando YMCA, we are constantly living our cause by strengthening our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.   Promoting health living is not just about fitness, it also includes what we nourish our mind, body and spirit with. Recently, we celebrated Healthy Living week at the Downtown Orlando YMCA. During this week, we decided to launch our Eat More Produce farmer’s market corner. The enormous… [...]
August 13, 2012
At the Y, we are determined to provide a place where the community can come to be healthy, active, connected and secure. Increasing unemployment rates and foreclosures brought a lot of negative attention to Osceola County, driving business to divest in this area. Yet, when other businesses backed out of the community, the Y stepped in and was determined to be the spark that ignited change and hope in the… [...]
July 09, 2012
The Y family and the entire community lost a champion, philanthropist, scientist, mentor, teacher and wonderful friend on Wednesday, July 4.  Bert Roper, who started his career tending citrus trees for 10 cents an hour and became a citrus giant and inventor died after a short battle with lymphoma.  He left a legacy that will continue to impact the Central Florida community and remind us of his generosity and mission. The… [...]
June 20, 2012
At the YMCA of Central Florida, we depend on our volunteers and donors to move our cause forward daily. On June 14, we brought over 300 volunteers, donors, and members together at our Tangelo Park YMCA to honor the men and women who have made possible for us to impact the lives of many throughout Central Florida. Our Annual Gathering is held every year and we present three awards to… [...]
March 29, 2012
Renovation Update: Phase 2 Complete More people in Osceola County are creating healthy relationships, teens are getting off the streets and people are living healthier lives. Our impact is being felt deeper and wider because we are able to welcome more of our neighbors in our Osceola Y, including our Latin community. Just recently, our Director of Wellness Mariana Gonzalez was on Revista “InfoMas”, a program of Bright House Networks.… [...]
March 06, 2012
Y GOLF LEARNING CENTER GOLF EVENT We are passionate about nurturing the potential of every child in our community.  That’s why we are bringing the community together at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge for our Tangelo Park Golf Tournament, March 9. This inaugural golf tournament provides the means for our education initiative in Tangelo Park to move forward. We are determined to offer the best programs and… [...]
February 07, 2012
It’s time to re-introduce ourselves. We are the Y of Central Florida – an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. No other organization touches as many lives as we do. In fact, most other non-profit organizations have a small footprint in one or two neighborhoods, but our… [...]
January 11, 2012
Renovation Update: Phase 2 Something new and exciting is happening in Osceola County where so many families have been hurting.  Since September, our employees and volunteers have been working around the clock to bring the community an improved Y.  Now, our doors are open revealing an enhanced Osceola Y.  So far, the improvements are making this community healthier and getting children and teens off the streets, thanks to Dr. Phillips… [...]
January 03, 2012
Renovation Update    Why do we need to renovate the Osceola Y? Being the leading county in the state of Florida for foreclosures and one of the hardest hit by the recession, Osceola County is a county in need.  At the Y, we want to help people live better lives. Our renovation will allow us to provide more of the programs, services and initiatives that make healthier communities, get children and teens off… [...]

Osceola Y Groundbreaking

November 22, 2011
Osceola needs a great Y and thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities and Mary Jane Arrington, the Y broke ground November 3 to reinvent the Y to better serve the men, women and children of Osceola County. Arrington led our Osceola County Y Capital Campaign and raised $250,000 and Dr. Phillips Charities contributed a matching $1.5 million toward our Osceola Y. Read about the event written by Around Osceola.   [...]

Y Golf & Learning Center

November 22, 2011
We are passionate about nurturing the potential of every child in our community.  That’s why Orange County Government Parks and Recreation invested money in re-doing the golf facility for our Y Golf & Learning Center after school program. Thanks to Orange County Government Parks and Recreation, our Tangelo Park location’s Y Golf & Learning Center now has a nicer facility that will bring the community together, not only for the… [...]
September 12, 2011
Osceola needs a great Y and thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities and Mary Jane Arrington, the Y is breaking ground in September to reinvent the Y to better serve the men, women and children of Osceola County. Arrington led our Osceola County Y Capital Campaign and raised $250,000 and Dr. Phillips Charities contributed a matching $1.5 million toward our Osceola Y.. Why do we need to reinvent the Osceola Y?… [...]
June 03, 2011
The Y is a cause for strengthening the community, working tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support our neighbors. One of the ways we are strengthening Central Florida is with our Lake Nona Y/Northlake Park Community School. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend recently wrote an article for The Atlantic about her visit to our Lake Nona YMCA/NorthLake Park Community School. In… [...]

Change Lives

April 06, 2011
We want to show you what the Y Scholarship Campaign does for our community, and the best way to do that is to share a mother’s story. I wanted to let you know that you have made a difference in the life of a little girl. My three year old daughter and I were recently relocated by the Court. She had to get used to a new city, a new… [...]