April 28, 2015
When Pam and Rogers Kirven met four years ago at the Y, they were both going through major transitions in their lives. Pam was going through a divorce, and Rogers had lost his wife of 35 years to cancer a year earlier. And while both of them were dealing with overwhelming personal losses, they received critical emotional support from their Y connection, and in Pam’s case, financial support through the… [...]
April 08, 2015
Can your food choices really improve your mood? Many experts and studies say the answer is yes, the foods you choose can improve your mood. If you think about it, it’s not rocket science. When you feel down or tired do you generally reach for a plate of fresh steamed veggies or a big beautiful bowl of sliced up strawberries with yogurt honey and fresh mint? Probably not, you go… [...]
March 30, 2015
With nearly 1-in-3 Florida kids overweight or obese – and a majority reading below grade level, the Y’s Healthy Kids Day is a great way for families to get up, get active and start developing healthier routines at home. Scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at each of our 27 Y family centers, the event is being co-sponsored by our great partner, Orlando Health.… [...]
March 27, 2015
Do you believe that a Healthy lifestyle begins at home? I do indeed. In the United States there are over 150 million people including millions of children who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and a myriad of chronic illness. The problem is growing and in a majority of cases can be cured and limited by taking on your kitchen. Yes, I know that when you have a family it at times… [...]
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. [...]
March 02, 2015
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Florida among children ages 1-14. At the Y, we know that learning to swim is a lesson of a lifetime and in Florida, all people need to live safely around water. For more than 100 years, we have been empowering youth with the water safety skills they need to be safe in and around water – and most importantly, we have fun too!… [...]
March 02, 2015
NUTRITION CORNER WITH GARY APPELSIES Can you really be healthy at any age?  When does good health start? I get asked questions about good health and nutrition all the time.  I hear people of all ages say things like, “I’m still young I can eat whatever I want.” Or “My doctor says I need to lose weight but, I’m too old to start eating healthy.” The list goes on and… [...]
February 27, 2015
  [caption id="attachment_36661" align="alignright" width="300"] Lucas Boyce, Featured Guest Speaker[/caption] Celebration of Prayer, held each year during Holy Week, is a unique opportunity to celebrate the YMCA’s Christian heritage and mission that has guided our organization for over 150 years. This year’s guest speaker is Lucas Boyce, a former foster child and “Y Kid” who overcame incredible obstacles to graduate from college, to serve in the White House Office of Public… [...]
February 09, 2015
Y members who participate in Youth Sports, Holiday and Summer Camps, Swim Lessons and Adult leagues save more than non-members. See an example of the savings breakdown below. In addition to the financial savings, Y members have access to Unlimited Group Exercise Classes of all types from beginners to athletes; medical support programs to help you curb diabetes, thrive after cancer, and improve balance and strength; adult sports and hundreds of cardio… [...]
February 09, 2015
 At the Y, we know how much you love your family, so let us help you live a happier, healthier life with the ones you love. We believe that families that play together – grow stronger together. Your neighborhood Y offers countless ways to get your heart pumping including Unlimited Group Exercise Classes of all types from beginners to athletes; medical support programs to help you curb diabetes, thrive after cancer, and… [...]
February 05, 2015
You may have heard that eating certain foods can increase your risk for heart-related conditions. Did you also know that eating certain foods can decrease your risk for being affected by heart-related conditions? Whether you have been eating unhealthy for years or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are 7 heart-healthy nutrition tips. Eat more low fat protein sources Reduce your sodium intake Eat more fruits and Vegetables Control portion… [...]

Heart Health Matters

February 04, 2015
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the nation's number one killer, responsible for one in four deaths each year in the United States.  In celebration of American Heart Month and to address the prevalence of heart disease in our community, we have partnered with Orlando Health's Heart Institute to host a healthy eating seminar on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Downtown YMCA. From asparagus… [...]
January 26, 2015
More than 130 teens, Camp Wewa alumni, Y volunteers and adult leaders participated in the 25th Silver Anniversary Wewa Winter Retreat, January 16-18, 2015 at Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL. Youth from all over Florida and as far away as Alabama traveled to Camp Wewa for a fun-filled weekend of events that included events that included team building games, low and high ropes course, and spiritual and personal development. The theme… [...]
January 26, 2015
Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Many are still struggling with the dreaded “holiday weight gain.” So what is one to do when preparing to host a game day party?  Create winning food for yourself and your guest.  We guarantee a victory! Remember, the key is moderation and control: Consider using a smaller plate when selecting your snacks. This will help you to eat less. Pace yourself especially when consuming… [...]
January 19, 2015
Commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, more than 1,000 elected officials, faith leaders and everyday citizens gathered for YMCA’s 24th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 19. As the largest such prayer gathering in Central Florida, the YMCA convened the community to honor the legacy Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official. This year’s event… [...]

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… [...]
December 19, 2014
JANUARY 19,2015 @ 7:45AM The YMCA of Central Florida and the SW Orlando Jaycees present the 24th ANNUAL ARTHUR "PAPPY" KENNEDY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on January 19, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. This year's guest speaker will be Chaplain Black,  the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. Black served for over 27 years as a chaplain in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of rear… [...]
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 27, 2014
Did you know that twice per week for 60 minutes, we offer karate classes that are included in your membership?  If not, now you do! Karate is a great way to practice discipline, stay healthy, work on balance, meet new friends, and more.  Our instructors are highly trained and can help you get started for the first time or continue any karate experience that you already have.  Recently, our karate… [...]
October 21, 2014
Food Day is a year-round nationwide celebration of and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food culminating in a day of action on October 24 every year. Created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and driven by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and citizens, Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with “real food” that is produced with care… [...]
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.   [...]
October 08, 2014
For the 18th year in a row, the YMCA of Central Florida has joined forces with the Samaritan's Purse in support of Operation Christmas Child, an annual gift-filled shoe box drive for children in need. Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, collecting and delivering more than 113 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 130 countries. Last year alone, the Y facilitated the collection… [...]
September 30, 2014
MAKE AN IMPACT. VOLUNTEER. Join us on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, as members and staff from our Family Centers celebrate our annual Day of Sharing. Staff and members are invited to "Share their Y story" or an experience at the Y that has impacted their lives. Members are also given opportunities to volunteer at the Y. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men,… [...]
September 24, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on October 18, 2014 at the Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Dragon Boat racing is the world's fastest growing water sport. A team consists of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, plus a Cox who steers the dragon boat from the rear and a drummer who sits at the front. The team… [...]
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 16, 2014
 (Presented during Aug. 28 YMCA Metro Board Meeting)   Dear Y Friends and Family, After careful thought and deliberation, I've decided to retire at the end of the year. My wife, Deb, and I have given it a lot of thought and prayer and have decided that this is a good time to spend more time together as a family. We've had a wonderful 41-year career with the Y and… [...]
September 08, 2014
We invite our members and Central Florida communities to join us at our 4th annual Seminole County Prayer Breakfast, Friday, Sept. 19, 7 a.m. at The Rink-Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750. Community leaders will offer prayers and input regarding our three focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Keynote speaker for this year's breakfast is Dr. Patrick Morley, chairman and Co-CEO of Man… [...]
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
From reading great books and sailing in the Keys to racing rockets and exploring careers, more than 23,900 kids enjoyed a jam-packed summer of fun, growth and learning at the Y. Families were involved, too, through Fun Friday activities, Reader’s Theater performances, athletic events, swim lessons, field trips and family fitness challenges – not to mention livelier dinner conversations as kids shared their daily adventures. With so much going on,… [...]
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… [...]
September 02, 2014
Drowning is the No. 1 killer of children under age 5 in Florida. It only takes a few minutes for a child to drown or sustain serious, life-altering injuries. Children, as young as 6 months of age, can learn to save themselves in a drowning situation by using the self-rescue techniques taught in the YMCA of Central Florida’s Safe Start program. Unlike other swimming programs, Safe Start combines safe swimming… [...]
August 25, 2014
In 41 years of nonprofit leadership, I can safely say that no other philanthropic benefactor has ever had a deeper impact on a community than Dr. Phillips Charities. As its primary beneficiary, the Y of Central Florida has been especially blessed. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Phillips Charities has invested an astounding $38,447,923 in our Y, including its most recent gift of $4.2 million. It’s a monumental legacy that’s… [...]
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 24, 2014
Instead of hitting the drive-through for lunch, plan ahead and prepare your own lunch. When you make it yourself, you control what goes your meal. Eating out often means getting a lot of hidden calories - something most of us don’t really need. Instead of regular soda or sweet tea, choose water or a sugar-free beverage to go with your meal. Each meal below is easy to prepare and contains… [...]
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… [...]
July 18, 2014
This week, during the World Cup Challenge, try a new healthy breakfast recipe! You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, your body will have gone too long without fuel. “Break-the-fast” by jump starting your morning with a healthy breakfast to get your body running at its peak. You’ll be mentally alert while keeping those mid-morning hunger pains at bay. Each meal… [...]
July 09, 2014
If you are looking to mix up your workout this summer, we have the perfect challenge for you! Just as you’ve watched national teams progress through competitive brackets to earn the World Cup Soccer Trophy, the Y is challenging our members to do the same. Regardless of your age or ability, the YMCA World Cup Challenge will help you explore new exercise activities, improve your health and learn more about… [...]
June 11, 2014
As we prepare to celebrate dads this Sunday, let's take a look back to how it all got started. Did you know Father's Day began at the YMCA? It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own. After hearing a sermon about Mother's Day, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have… [...]
June 09, 2014
With summer officially underway, the Y is at our busiest and best as thousands of kids families walking through the doors of our 27 family centers serving nearly 100 neighborhoods. From swim lessons and reading classes to team sports and summer camp, it’s a season for learning, growing and developing new skills and values that last a lifetime. Here’s a quick look at what’s happened so far – and we’re… [...]
June 09, 2014
In response to changing health care trends, the Y of Central Florida is expanding its hospital partnerships and facilities to deliver community-based health and wellness services in innovative new ways. In recent months, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Munroe Regional Medical Center and the West Orange Healthcare District have forged new or deeper partnerships with the Y – all rooted in a common commitment to prevention and combating chronic disease. “With… [...]
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 06, 2014
As part of the Y’s century-long commitment to keeping kids safe, confident and secure around water, more than 350 Fern Creek Elementary students recently participated in free swim lessons at Cady Way Pool in Winter Park. Provided through a partnership between the Downtown and Winter Park YMCA Family Centers, Fern Creek Elementary School and Fern Creek Boosters, the lessons are part of a combined effort to reduce childhood drowning. “In… [...]
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… [...]
June 02, 2014
Charlie Egerton, founding shareholder at the law firm of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capuano & Bozarth PA, was recently elected 2014-2015 chair of the YMCA Metropolitan Board. Egerton has been involved with the YMCA for more than 30 years, most recently in leading its $3.2 million annual support campaign. A YMCA member since 1981, he previously served as Board Chair and Scholarship Chair of the Downtown YMCA and led the… [...]
June 02, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida partnered with NBA FIT, Florida Hospital for Children and the American College of Sports Medicine to host a basketball fitness and nutrition clinic at the South Orlando YMCA on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. During the event, NBA FIT instructors led more than 150 Central Florida children through basketball fitness drills, and obstacle courses by NBA FIT staff. Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids program… [...]
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… [...]
May 14, 2014
More than 400 guests and community leaders attended the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading 2013 partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of our community. The event was held at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, FL on May 7, 2014. During the program, four Y volunteers received a special recognition. Lou Carrion received the annual John W. Sterchi… [...]
April 24, 2014
Join us on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at your neighborhood Y Family Center for Healthy Kids Day!  This FREE community event is a great way for families to get up, get active and start developing healthier routines at home. To learn more, click here: VIDEO: Healthy Kids Day April 26, 2014 Healthy Kids Day Activities will include games, contests, health screenings, family Zumba and yoga classes,… [...]
April 23, 2014
More than 1,000 local leaders were present at the 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast held at First Baptist Church of Orlando on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Major Dan Rooney (USAF Ret.), a patriot, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation and man of faith delivered a message on volition. According to Rooney, “Volition is the power of choice. Every day you wake up, you have a choice. You can… [...]
March 10, 2014
The Y of Central Florida’s Annual Support Campaign has officially kicked off with a $3.2 million goal to make the Y available and accessible to more than 31,500 neighbors in need. Leading the effort is longtime Y champion, Charlie Egerton, founding shareholder of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capuano & Bozarth P.A. “Not everyone knows it, but the Y never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay,” Egerton said.… [...]
March 10, 2014
Major Dan Rooney, a great American patriot, author and man of faith will headline the YMCA’s 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer on Thursday, April 17. Tickets and corporate tables are now available for this community-wide breakfast, which features inspirational speakers, music and prayer. You won't want to miss Major Dan Rooney (USAF Ret.), who will share his inspiring life history as an F-16 pilot, philanthropist, PGA professional and author of A Patriot’s Calling: Living Life Between Fear… [...]
March 10, 2014
After five years of big dreams, hard work and incredible fundraising, construction has begun on the new Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center in Ocala. More than 325 people turned out for the Feb. 21 groundbreaking, which reflected the pride of an entire community. Helping lead the celebration was Ocala businessman Frank DeLuca whose major gift anchored the project’s $5 million capital campaign. Also participating were officials from Munroe Regional Medical… [...]

LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA

January 20, 2014
The Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby YMCA Wellness Center launched LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA in October 2013. LIVESTRONG is a research-based program that provides a safe, supportive environment for people affected by cancer to participate in physical and social activities that strengthen the whole person. On January 30, 2014, the Crosby Y and Winter Park Memorial Hospital will host the inaugural LIVESTRONG graduation ceremony. It's a special occasion, a survivor's… [...]
January 20, 2014
In keeping the “C” alive and well at the Y and across our community, the Y of Central Florida united more than 1,200 people of all faiths and backgrounds for the 23rd Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Held Jan. 20 at First Baptist Church of Orlando, the event was attended by local pastors, elected officials and everyday citizens who joined together in… [...]
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… [...]
January 07, 2014
Central Florida is fortunate to have many great youth organizations, but it’s only at the Y – as the crossroads of our community – that at-risk youth get to experience the other side of life.   Not long ago, one of these youth, Jason Towne, dropped out of school and was lost on the streets, until he found his way to the YMCA of Central Florida.   Thanks to a… [...]

2014 Press Releases

January 03, 2014
Stay informed about the latest news and developments about the Y of Central Florida’s efforts to strengthen community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.     YMCA of Central Florida Announces Charlie Egerton to Lead 2014 Annual Campaign [...]
January 02, 2014
In October, we honored Barbara Roper and her late husband Bert for their incredible generosity in establishing the Roper YMCA Family Center in Winter Garden. It was also a chance to recognize Barbara’s groundbreaking leadership with the Y.   In addition to serving on our YMCA Metro Board for several decades, Barbara made history in 1990 when she was elected as the first female chair of the Y-USA board. She continues… [...]
January 02, 2014
Not everyone knows it, but the Y never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay. In fact, one-third of our members receive some sort of financial assistance for membership, after school care, youth sports, swim lessons and more. The majority of these dollars are generated through our Annual Support Campaign, which reflects the tradition of “servant-style leadership” that the Y has been teaching for nearly 130 years.  Last… [...]
January 02, 2014
Through our focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the Y provides the complete “wrap-around” support today’s kids need to reach their full potential. And we do it through academically based programs focused on values, reading, wellness and reducing family stress.     From infancy through college, we are helping children enter school ready to learn, close the achievement gap and graduate on time. To prevent bullying and school violence, we’re instilling values. And… [...]
January 02, 2014
Few things feel better than helping kids in need. Just ask the thousands of Y members, staff and volunteers who joined together to support Operation Christmas Child, an international mission project of Samaritan’s Purse.   For the 17th year in a row, the Y sent more than 25,000 gift-filled shoe boxes to kids around the world. In addition to treats, toys and hygiene items, many of the boxes also contained… [...]
January 02, 2014
When we talk about Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, nothing highlights the heart of the Y’s mission better than our 11 Outreach Ys. The fact is, not all Ys are created equal. Nearly half serve financially challenged communities such as Pine Hills, South Orlando, Kissimmee and Titusville where families are under tremendous stress. Enter the Y of Central Florida. With the support of Dr. Phillips Charities, Winter Park… [...]
December 11, 2013
With the Y of Central Florida’s 2013-14 Annual Support Campaign gearing up, we’ve set a goal to raise $3.2 million to help improve the lives of more than 90,000 children, families and seniors who need us the most. People like Y scholarship recipients Stacy-Ann Nembhard and her young sons Tristan and Jarid, who visit the Wayne Densch YMCA in Pine Hills several times per week. As a single mom, Stacy-Ann… [...]
December 10, 2013
Each day, more than 30,000 people walk through the doors of YMCA facilities serving more than 100 neighborhoods across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard and Marion counties.   They’re visiting 27 Y family centers that anchor communities; 57 after school locations; dozens of summer camps sites that teach values, reading and wellness to kids; senior centers where elders gather for health and connection; innovative child development centers; and so much… [...]
December 09, 2013
  Over 1,000 major donors to the YMCA of Central Florida lit up the Orlando Museum of Art for our 12th annual Donor Celebration at the “Festival of Trees” on Sunday evening, November 17.   The Chain of Lakes Middle School Orchestra, carolers from the Conway Music Factory at Conway Middle School (both part of the Y’s After School Zone Program), and a jazz trio entertained our guests as they… [...]
November 18, 2013
The YMCA of Central Florida was front and center during this week’s National Conference on Summer Learning attended by 680 education leaders and experts from around the U.S.   [caption id="attachment_27815" align="alignright" width="199"] Daniel Wu, YMCA Summer Camp Kid[/caption] Wowing the crowd were 33 students from Conway Middle, 14 robotic students from Avalon Middle, and numerous students from 14 other schools who proudly presented some of the robotic, rocketry, science,… [...]
November 07, 2013
During November the Y is honoring the sacrifice of local veterans and their families by saying thank you and supporting their health and wellness. Starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, through Nov. 30, 220,000-plus local military families will have complimentary access to all Y family centers, as well as programs that improve physical, emotional and family health. And through a partnership between Y-USA and the Department of Defense, active military families… [...]
November 05, 2013
It took teamwork, planning and partnerships, but the results of our two YMCA summer learning pilots are in and the outcomes are incredible. At McCoy Elementary, where we co-sponsored the YMCA/BELL summer learning pilot, 111 young “scholars” collectively improved their math achievement by 6.6 months and boosted reading scores by 5.8 months.  That’s half a year of learning in just six weeks! Our local pilot was one of three that… [...]
October 02, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Healthy Living Initiative     YMCA CONVENES LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS TO COMBAT CHRONIC DISEASE With chronic disease threatening the health, wellness and future of our community, more than 50 top medical experts, health care executives and public health officials joined with the Y this week to determine how they, as key stakeholders, can work together to focus on prevention. During his welcome, YMCA President/CEO Jim… [...]
October 02, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Youth Development     YMCA BRINGS LOCAL LEADERS TOGETHER TO IMPROVE COLLABORATION AND STUDENT OUTCOMES With our children’s future at stake, more than 70 local education leaders recently attended a YMCA Youth Development event to discuss how we could work together to improve student success. During a luncheon held at Leu Gardens, Dr. Jesus Jara, Deputy Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) discussed the district’s… [...]
October 01, 2013
Coinciding with the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the Y of Central Florida was pleased to recently launch a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of more than 16,000 area first responders and their families. Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Phillips Charities, the program has enabled us to invite area first responders – police, firefighters and EMTs – and their families to become part of the Y family… [...]
October 01, 2013
With one-third of Florida’s kids obese or overweight, the Y of Central Florida is tackling the issue by including at least one hour of physical activity in all of our Youth Development programs.   This summer alone, 23,000 kids who attended our summer camp programs took part in 9.6 million minutes of exercise.   And to keep their brains active, they enjoyed 8 million minutes of reading activities. That’s in… [...]
October 01, 2013
As a cause-driven organization focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, an important part of the Y’s mission is to serve those who need us the most.   That’s why 11 of our 20 YMCA family centers are Outreach Ys ─ centers of pride, purpose and social connection in  communities like Pine Hills, Tangelo Park, Kissimmee, South Orlando and Titusville.   As with every other Y, these are… [...]

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… [...]
October 01, 2013
When it comes to good health, what we eat is just as important as how often we exercise. That’s why the Y is in the diet and nutrition business. And we’re “digging” deeper every day. Many of our Ys feature onsite Farmers Markets that make it easy for members to enjoy freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables. At the Oviedo YMCA Wellness Center, where diet and nutrition are a… [...]
October 01, 2013
The Y is fortunate to have the support of many like-minded partners who share our passion for health, wellness and strengthening communities. Together, we are taking action and improving Central Florida’s health and wellness – one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.   WINTER PARK HEALTH FOUNDATION  As the community’s greatest advocate for Healthy Living research and collaboration, the Winter Park Health Foundation is one of the Y’s… [...]
September 25, 2013
  Over Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Winter Park area residents turned out to celebrate the opening of the Y’s third – and newest ─ easy access pool.   With the local senior population growing every day, pools are no longer a luxury, but a necessity for people who want to maintain their mobility and independence.   Swimming also helps prevent obesity and gives today’s busy families a great way to connect,… [...]
September 25, 2013
At the Y, we’re doing more than just talking about health and wellness. We’re also investing millions of dollars to modernize and expand our facilities.   Our goal: Create beautiful, inviting Healthy Living Centers that anchor communities and improve lives.   With Phase 2 of our New Frontier Campaign derway, we’re raising $33 to $41 million to renovate or expand more than half of our 20 family centers. We’re starting… [...]

Operation Christmas Child

September 25, 2013
Few things make us feel as good about ourselves as when we take the time to help someone else. At the Y, we see the sense of satisfaction in our volunteers every day. One way that everyone can give back is with Operation Christmas Child.   The Y of Central Florida has participated in Operation Christmas Child before, and this year we are challenging our communities and partners to help us… [...]
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 05, 2013
From September 1 through 15, the Crosby YMCA Wellness 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. Also, on September 11, the Crosby Y will host… [...]
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
To ensure that all kids have opportunities to progress – not regress – with learning over the summer, the Y has teamed up with two national partners to provide innovative summer reading pilots at two local Title 1 schools. Through a partnership with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for LIFE) 117 students at McCoy Elementary have received 6.5 hours per day of reading, math and science and enrichment activities. Designed to… [...]
August 07, 2013
by Jim Ferber Most people know the Y as a safe, nurturing place where kids learn to swim, shoot hoops and become better athletes. But at today’s Y, kids are just as likely to have a reading coach as a soccer coach. And when we celebrate home runs, we know the biggest victories are often taking place in the classroom.   That’s because the Y of Central Florida has adopted… [...]
August 07, 2013
YMCA Early Childhood Development Centers Operated at Walt Disney World Resort, these two centers give children, birth to age three, the consistent, nurturing care they need for the best possible social and cognitive development.Y teachers guide children through important early developmental stages. They also provide the consistent, positive relationships which children need to develop trust in themselves and others.   YMCA Elementary and Middle Afterschool Programs In partnership with Orange… [...]
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… [...]
July 16, 2013
YMCA SUMMER CHALLENGE - ROAD TO THE OLYMPICS July 15 - August 30, 2013   Continue your journey to a healthier lifestyle by particpating in our six-week YMCA Summer Challenge. Enjoy fun and exciting activities in wellness, group excercise, sports and aquatics that will keep you on track and hep you meet your fitness goals while experiencing different welness activities.   OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS & THEIR FRIENDS   Achieve Your Goal  … [...]
July 16, 2013
 At the Y, we believe summer should be a time of active play, learning and exploration for kids. But for too many children, opportunities to keep their minds and bodies active end with the school year.   In fact, research shows that kids gain weight three times faster and fall significantly behind in their studies over the summer.   To prevent this, the Y’s summer camp program ensures that kids, ages… [...]