Blog https://kansascityymca.org/blog en Prevent the Spread of Germs during Flu Season https://kansascityymca.org/blog/prevent-spread-germs-during-flu-season <span>Prevent the Spread of Germs during Flu Season</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>November 18, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2018-12/0018598s.jpg?itok=XoCjSphK" width="500" height="451" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Winter is just around the corner, which means cold and flu symptoms are on the rise. According to the CDC, December - February is peak time for the flu.  So as we prepare to gather with friends and family, let’s not forget that the best way to avoid getting sick is to help prevent the spread of germs.<br />  <br /> If you follow some of the tips below, your chances of catching a cold or the flu can go down.<br />  </p> <ol dir="ltr"><li>Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. In our Y centers, hand sanitizer is available for you to use, in addition use the sinks and soap in the restrooms and locker rooms.</li> <li>Wipe down equipment at our Y centers after you use it. Look for spray bottles of cleaner and paper towels in our wellness areas.</li> <li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.</li> <li>Try to avoid close contact with sick people.</li> <li>Practice good health habits. Get plenty of exercise and sleep, which can boost your immune system. Manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.</li> <li>Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. </li> <li>If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.</li> </ol></div> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:21:09 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 20011 at https://kansascityymca.org Holiday Events at the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/holiday-events-y <span>Holiday Events at the Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>November 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-11/holidayeventimage.jpg?itok=C3aElHsD" width="500" height="495" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends at the Y! Many Y locations are hosting events that include photos with Santa, arts, crafts and more! Explore each center's activities by visiting their online calendar listed below. </p> <ul><li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/linwood/schedules#tab3">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</a> – Breakfast with Santa, 10-1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/north-kansas-city/schedules#tab3">North Kansas City YMCA</a> – Pancakes with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 14</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/olathe/schedules#tab3">Olathe Family YMCA</a> – Kids Day Out with Santa, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday December 21</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-north/schedules#tab3">Platte County Community Center North</a> – Kids Night Out with Santa, 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 14</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-south/schedules#tab3">Platte County Community Center South</a> – Pancakes with Santa, 7-11 a.m. on Saturday December 7 at the American Legion Post 318, 11 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/providence/schedules#tab3">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> – Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14</li> </ul><p>For more information, visit or call the Welcome Center at your Y. </p> </div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:55:25 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24336 at https://kansascityymca.org My Healthy Living Game Plan for Holiday Parties https://kansascityymca.org/blog/my-healthy-living-game-plan-holiday-parties <span>My Healthy Living Game Plan for Holiday Parties</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/5326" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Claire Walsh - MS RD LD CHC">Claire Walsh - MS RD LD CHC</span></span> <span>November 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-11/yusa-family-meal.jpg?itok=koMoKch9" width="500" height="333" alt="Family meal with woman, child and man sitting at a table with a bowl of salad and a roasted chicken." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>While each season of the year brings its own challenges when it comes to eating healthfully, the holiday season seems to be the hardest to control. With family gatherings, pie making traditions, neighborhood parties, work parties, and not to mention candy everywhere, it certainly doesn’t make it easy to focus on health.</p> <p>As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach, I focus on how to help people make better nutrition choices to improve their health. This holiday season I’m taking a football-inspired approach.</p> <h4>6 Tips for Healthy Holidays</h4> <ol><li><strong>Fuel up in the pre-game:</strong> I frequently hear people say they’re fasting all day to prepare for a big night out. While I can understand the logic behind trying to save all your calories for the big party, this is not the smartest idea. First, being hungry is miserable and this plan leaves you with little to no energy throughout the day. <p> If you arrive to a party offering treats and alcohol, you are at risk of overindulging since your blood sugar is so low. Next thing you know, you’ve eaten two plates of sugar cookies for “dinner,” your stomach hurts due to the lack of real food and you end up with a “sugar-crash” wondering what went wrong since you were so disciplined all day. Have snacks or small meals (with protein) before you go to a party will help you stay in the game and make it easier for you to turn down multiple plates of sweets. <br />  </p></li> <li><strong>Read the defense:</strong> It is always good to know what you’re up against before you start the game. Building your meal is no different. Prior to serving yourself, survey the options and make note of the things you like and don’t like. This helps you leave room for your favorites (chocolate and cookies) and prevents you from filling up on dishes you don’t love (looking at you, fruitcake). <br />  </li> <li><strong>Manage your playbook:</strong> Of course we all have favorites, but you can’t win a game running the same play over and over again. The same goes for foods. Balance and variety are so important in building a healthy plate. This gets a little tough at most parties, but consider the plate method and build a plate half full of veggies, a fourth full of protein, and a fourth full of starch or grains. The protein will help balance out the potential for a blood sugar surge that comes with holiday treats, and the veggies provide necessary nutrients and fiber to help you stay full longer. <br />  </li> <li><strong>Stay hydrated</strong>: Every good athlete knows dehydration means a decrease in performance. Limit your alcohol intake, keeping in mind that alcoholic beverages pack a lot of empty calories. If you do choose to indulge, drink one glass of water after each alcoholic beverage. <br />  </li> <li><strong>Support your team like you’d support yourself:</strong> You are not the only person struggling with healthy eating during the holidays. Your friends and family will probably thank you for bringing a healthier dish at your next gathering. It can be intimidating to change your routine, turn down the extra cocktail or bring a new dish, but if you know that’s what’s right for you, go for it. Trust me, someone else there will thank you.<br />  </li> <li><strong>No matter what, try your best:</strong> Even the best players have off nights, and we will, too. Sometimes we go in prepared, we survey the options and make a plan to create a balanced plate. But one way or another things get out of hand and we don’t follow through the way we hoped. THIS IS OK. Life and celebrations happen, but tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start. Take a deep breath in and forgive yourself. Nobody is perfect. There’s enough external pressure for perfection during the holidays without the guilt that can come with overindulging. Inhale, exhale, and move forward. </li> </ol><p><em>Claire Walsh, MS, RD, LD, CHC is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, and Senior Nutrition and Lifestyle Modification Program Director  for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</em></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:55:20 +0000 Claire Walsh - MS RD LD CHC 20141 at https://kansascityymca.org Reduce Your Risk: 6 Tips for Diabetes Awareness Month https://kansascityymca.org/blog/reduce-your-risk-6-tips-diabetes-awareness-month <span>Reduce Your Risk: 6 Tips for Diabetes Awareness Month</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>November 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/HealthyCookingFamily.jpg?itok=WcWfJUdN" width="500" height="275" alt="Healthy Cooking Family" title="Healthy Cooking Family" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so the Y encourages you to learn your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes--and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce your chances of developing the disease.</p> <p>Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.</p> <p>You can assess your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at <a href="https://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention/locate-participating-y">YMCA.net/diabetes</a>. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.</p> <p>Here are six tips to decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes. These basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can help.</p> <ol><li>Eat <strong>fruits </strong>and <strong>vegetables </strong>every day.</li> <li>Choose <strong>fish</strong>, <strong>lean meats</strong> and <strong>poultry </strong>without skin.</li> <li>Aim for <strong>whole grains</strong> with every meal.</li> <li>Be moderately active, getting at least <strong>150 minutes of physical activity</strong> each week.</li> <li><strong>Choose water</strong> to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.</li> <li><strong>Speak to your doctor</strong> about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.</li> </ol><p>Visit your local Y for more information on how the Y can support you. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations">Find a location</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:20:33 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24321 at https://kansascityymca.org Southtown Council Recognizes Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Program https://kansascityymca.org/blog/southtown-council-recognizes-cleaver-family-ymca-togetherhood-program <span>Southtown Council Recognizes Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Program </span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>October 15, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-10/cl-togetherhood-southtown-award-10-2019.jpg?itok=v8lQTbMQ" width="500" height="333" alt="Five staff and volunteers representing the Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood program hold the award plaque they received from the Southtown Council for volunteer service." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood Program received an award for Volunteer Service at the 33rd annual Southtown Council Awards Luncheon. </p> <p>The event, held on October 11, 2019, honored individuals, businesses, institutions, organizations, government entities and associations that have contributed to the betterment of the Southtown Kansas City community.</p> <p>The Togetherhood program invites Y members to lead and participate in volunteer service programs that benefit the communities where they live. The Cleaver Family YMCA Togetherhood program was recognized for developing partnerships with neighborhoods, schools, businesses and community organizations to expand their reach; educating others on the virtues of service; strengthening neighborhoods; and supporting people in the Southtown community. </p> <p>Since its development, the Cleaver Y’s Togetherhood program has been involved in a wide range of projects, including painting homes, harvesting food for local shelters, creating compassion bags for Kansas City’s homeless and hosting more than 500 volunteers for a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  </p> <p>Through the projects, they not only help others. They also provide opportunities to meet and engage with a diverse group of people, bring awareness of community challenges, educate others on the rewards of serving others, and foster a deeper sense of belonging and responsibility for the success of the community. </p> <p><a href="/volunteer/togetherhood">Learn more about Togetherhood and view upcoming volunteer projects</a> at Ys throughout the metro.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:29:25 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23856 at https://kansascityymca.org Largest-Ever Cheers for Challenger Event Raises Funds for Adaptive Sports and Social Activities https://kansascityymca.org/blog/largest-ever-cheers-challenger-event-raises-funds-adaptive-sports-and-social-activities <span>Largest-Ever Cheers for Challenger Event Raises Funds for Adaptive Sports and Social Activities</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>October 2, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-10/krystalcheers.jpg?itok=o9Oa8UY1" width="500" height="334" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Thanks to all who joined us for the 13th annual Cheers for Challenger event on September 26! It was our biggest Cheers event yet, with more than 270 guests.<br />  <br /> For the first time, the event was held at The Tower Club at Arrowhead Stadium, which proved to be the perfect place to celebrate our YMCA Challenger MVPs. The evening included great food, beverages, a silent auction with great things like Royals and Chiefs memorabilia, a live auction with the Nigro Brothers, plus appearances by the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders and former Chiefs player Shawn Barber. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, the Fred and Jami Pryor Foundation. <br />  <br /> The funds raised from the event help give all of our Challenger athletes the opportunity to be MVPs. Thanks to our donors, sponsors and guests, the funds will give more youth with diverse abilities the opportunity to grow stronger through adaptive sports and inclusive social activities, and help build two new accessible baseball fields at the YMCA Challenger Sports Complex. <br />  <br /> Several Challenger families spoke during the program. <br />  <br /> The event was a family affair for Challenger athlete Shannon Morris. She was joined by her dad and uncle, members of the Morris Brothers Band who provided entertainment for the evening. Shannon’s mom, Annette, spoke about how she is grateful for the confidence the program has given Shannon and other kids.<br />  <br /> Deidra Atchley is a Challenger coach and mother of athlete, Joe, who never misses a sport.<br />  <br /> "It's the best program ever,” Deidra said during her remarks at the event. “Seven years ago, I wasn't sure how long we'd be able to participate...Seven years later, my son is engaged. I love helping not only my son but all of the kids on the team learn how to work together.”<br />  <br /> Her daughter, Bella, also helps lead soccer, bowling, basketball and football. <br />  <br /> “I like it because I get to help everyone and inspires kids to not give up on their dreams,” Bella said.</p> <h4><a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/Dc4ziLiHULkqbj436">View all event photos</a><br />  </h4> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:58:13 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23661 at https://kansascityymca.org Sun Life and Royals Charities Present $21,000 to the Y for Diabetes Prevention https://kansascityymca.org/blog/sun-life-and-royals-charities-present-21000-y-diabetes-prevention <span>Sun Life and Royals Charities Present $21,000 to the Y for Diabetes Prevention</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 30, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-10/sunlife-strikeout-diabetes-check-09-2019.jpg?itok=8xLD02bF" width="500" height="333" alt="YMCA representatives receive $21,000 check from Royals Charities and Sun Life&#039;s Strikeout Diabetes Campaign on the field at a Royals game." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Before the Royals took the field against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, September 24, Sun Life U.S. and Royals Charities celebrated the success of their two diabetes awareness and prevention programs – Strikeout Diabetes and Home Run to Health.</p> <p>Sun Life and Royals Charities presented the YMCA with a giant-sized check for $21,000 to support its Diabetes Prevention Program. Sun Life and Royals Charities’ Strikeout Diabetes campaign is a season-long effort that raises $21 every time a Royals pitcher gets a strikeout – the amount representing that, in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 21 seconds. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on a Centers for Disease Control curriculum that helps at-risk adults learn nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes.</p> <p>“Sun Life helped us launch our Diabetes Prevention Program in 2014 and they have been a great partner in our efforts to continue supporting people who need help and intervention in preventing type 2 diabetes,” said Julie Solomon, Senior Vice President of Community Integrated Health for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Since we started the program, we have worked with over 500 people in Greater Kansas City to help them avoid a diabetes diagnosis and live healthier lives. We are so grateful for the support of Sun Life and the Royals in continuing this important program.”</p> <p>Prior to the game, Royals players McBroom and Phillips joined 125 students from local school Eastwood Hills Elementary for a private tour of Kauffman Stadium and some fun in the Little K to mark the end of Home Run to Health, a four-week fitness program that encourages children to embrace health and fitness as they track their activities. This year the children racked up 54,000 sit-ups, 9,000 servings of fruits and vegetables and 1,800 times they chose water over soda or juice.</p> <p>“We have been fortunate to have a partner like Sun Life who shows continued commitment to the Kansas City community,” said Amanda Grosdidier, Director of Royals Charities. “We love to see all these kids embracing healthy activities at the stadium and supporting their team. And we’re thrilled that our pitchers delivered a great season that allows us to support the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.”</p> <p>Starting pitchers Jakob Junis and Brad Keller tallied a combined 286 strikeouts this season. Both pitchers established career-highs this year, with Keller getting ten strikeouts in six innings during the Royals’ April 12 victory over Cleveland, and Junis achieving ten strikeouts in the July 15 victory over the Chicago White Sox.</p> <p>“It has been wonderful working with the Royals in these efforts to support the Kansas City community,” said Dan Fishbein, M.D., president of Sun Life U.S. “Home Run to Health shows children that it’s never too early to embrace health and fitness, and we hope this will help them embrace a healthy lifestyle as adults. We are proud to support local organizations that are working to improve health outcomes in their communities. We look forward to working with the Royals next year and seeing what the pitching rotation can achieve in 2020 for Strikeout Diabetes.”</p> <p>Sun Life has given over $19 million to the diabetes cause globally. Sun Life U.S. is a partner of the American Diabetes Association and also offers an annual grant program called Team Up Against Diabetes, which grants funding to community organizations around the country that support diabetes education, management, awareness, and health and wellness. To learn more about Sun Life’s diabetes efforts, including community activities, fundraising, and advocacy, please visit <a href="https://www.sunlife.com/usdiabetes">www.sunlife.com/usdiabetes</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Sun Life</strong></p> <p>Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2019, Sun Life had total assets under management of C$1,025 billion. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.sunlife.com">www.sunlife.com</a>.</p> <p>Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.</p> <p>In the United States, Sun Life is one of the largest group benefits providers, serving more than 60,000 employers in small, medium and large workplaces across the country. Sun Life’s broad portfolio of insurance products and services in the U.S. includes disability, absence management, life, dental, vision, voluntary and medical stop-loss. Sun Life and its affiliates in asset management businesses in the U.S. employ approximately 5,500 people. Group insurance policies are issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, Mass.), except in New York, where policies are issued by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (U.S.) (Lansing, Mich.). For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.sunlife.com/us">www.sunlife.com/us</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Royals Charities</strong></p> <p>Created in 2001, Royals Charities, the charitable foundation of the Kansas City Royals, strives to support children, education, youth baseball/softball, and military families in and around the Kansas City area through financial grants. Under the leadership of the Glass family, Royals Charities has donated more than $14.8 million dollars in grants since its inception and in 2017 donated $2.3 million to 143 Kansas City area organizations. For more information, visit <a href="https://www.mlb.com/royals/community/royals-charities">www.royals.com/royalscharities</a>.</p> <p><strong>About YMCA of Greater Kansas City</strong></p> <p>With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is a not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to strengthening communities. The Y engages men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Serving the Kansas City area since 1860, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 30 Sep 2019 20:26:43 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23666 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y Looks to Transition for the Future in Eastern Jackson County https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-looks-transition-future-eastern-jackson-county <span>The Y Looks to Transition for the Future in Eastern Jackson County</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 25, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/BlueSprings.jpg?itok=RjZjld1X" width="500" height="167" alt="Blue Springs Family YMCA" title="Blue Springs Family YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Based on the changing community and as part of a larger strategic plan to align programs and services with community needs, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has been evaluating the best way to serve eastern Jackson County. </p> <p>As a result, the Y determined that a new location in eastern Jackson County is needed to support its vision and deliver new services and collaborations. </p> <p>While the Y identifies opportunities for a new presence in eastern Jackson County, the<strong> Blue Springs Family YMCA building will be acquired by the Blue Springs R-IV School district. The YMCA will close the Blue Springs facility on October 30, 2019.</strong></p> <p>Important Y programs, including youth sports and senior activities, will continue in eastern Jackson County while the Y explores opportunities for new Y facilities to deliver today’s Y offerings to better serve the community. </p> <p>“As the Y continues to evaluate the best way to serve eastern Jackson County for the future, we understand the school district’s need to provide important programs,” said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “Although we envisioned a future transition, the timing of this was necessary to fulfill the goals of the Y and the school district.”</p> <p>Earlier this year, the Y learned the school district had interest in the Blue Springs YMCA facility to maintain continuity for the Blue Springs South swim and dive teams, which have used the facility for practices and meets since it opened. Based on the Y’s future vision and longtime relationship with the district, the Y agreed to transition the facility to the district.</p> <p>The Y facility, which opened in 1999 and is located on property owned by the school district, provides the best solution to support the future of the Blue Springs School District and ongoing programming needs.</p> <p>Blue Springs South High School will continue to use the facility for practices and meets for the girls and boys swim and dive teams. The school also will use the building for physical education classes and after school athletic programming. In addition, building space will house the school’s child development courses including the student-run preschool through the Childcare and Guidance courses.</p> <p>“The acquisition allows for a seamless transition of the swimming facility to ensure consistency of schedules and programming,” said Mark Bubalo, Blue Springs School District activities director. “The building space will also allow us to schedule practice times for smaller groups, like the Blue Springs South High School dance team, as well as increase our space for PE course offerings and weight room space for athletics.”</p> <p>As the Y looks toward the future, the nonprofit organization will build on recent success in other communities.</p> <p>“We’re looking at ways to implement a strategy in eastern Jackson County that includes collaborating with health care organizations and others to bring new services on site,” Mikos said. “This is a trend locally and nationally, and it has already been successful for other Ys.” </p> <p>The Y has seen success with hospital partners offering care and education on site at the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center, North Kansas City YMCA and Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center. A medical partner also is planned as part of the Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center. In addition, the Y has had success working with local governments to build and operate community centers, including the City of North Kansas City and two centers in Platte County.</p> <p>As part of efforts to explore options in eastern Jackson County, the Y has entered into a formal agreement with the City of Grain Valley to study the feasibility of opening a new community center in partnership with the Y. Surveys to residents of Grain Valley, Blue Springs and surrounding communities will begin October 1. </p> <p>“The Y is much more than a building,” Mikos said. “It’s a community of supporters, volunteers and associates, which allows us to continue our impact through programs while we explore the best way to serve eastern Jackson County into the future.”</p> <p>Information regarding the membership and program transitions are available at <a href="/locations/blue-springs">KansasCityYMCA.org/BlueSprings</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:02:47 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23551 at https://kansascityymca.org Halloween Events at the Y https://kansascityymca.org/blog/halloween-events-y <span>Halloween Events at the Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 13, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/HalloweenPhoto.jpeg?itok=PB3r-swq" width="500" height="333" alt="Halloween Events at the Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Celebrate Halloween and autumn with your family, friends and neighbors in the safe environment of the Y! Many Y locations are hosting fall and Halloween-themed events this October that offer a thrilling good time for all ages. Explore each center's activities by visiting their online calendar listed below. </p> <ul><li><a href="locations/cleaver/schedules/?tab=events_schedule">Cleaver Family YMCA</a> - Trunk 'n Treat, 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 25</li> <li><a href="locations/linwood/schedules/?tab=events_schedule">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</a> - Fall Festival, 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 26</li> <li><a href="locations/olathe/schedules/?tab=events_schedule">Olathe Family YMCA</a> - Monster Mash, 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 25</li> <li><a href="/events-list?location_id=140&amp;program_id=All&amp;event_type_id=556">Paul Henson Family YMCA</a> - Swim with the Pumpkins, Friday, October 25, 4-7 p.m.</li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/platte-county-north">Platte County Community Center North</a> - Trunk 'n Treat, 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 25</li> <li><a href="locations/platte-county-south/schedules/?tab=events_schedule">Platte County Community Center South</a> - Trunk 'n Treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25</li> <li><a href="/locations/providence/providence/?tab=events_schedule">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> - Monster Mash, 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 25</li> </ul><p>For more information, visit or call the Welcome Center at your Y. </p> </div> Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:01:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 14551 at https://kansascityymca.org Candy Cane Course 5K and 10K Run https://kansascityymca.org/blog/candy-cane-course-5k-and-10k-run <span>Candy Cane Course 5K and 10K Run</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 11, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-09/capture.png?itok=IxsnlEJZ" width="500" height="520" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h3>Saturday, December 7, 2020<br /> North Kansas City YMCA</h3> <p>Join us for the annual <a href="https://bodiesracecompany.com/kansascity/bodies-events/holiday-series/candy-cane-course-north/">Candy Cane Course</a>, sponsored by North Kansas City Hospital. Proceeds from this run will benefit the Safety Around Water program at the <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/locations/north-kansas-city">North Kansas City YMCA.</a></p> <p>There will be activities for the entire family, including a free kids dash, food after the race, free photos, costumes, live results and more.</p> <h4><a href="https://bodiesracecompany.com/kansascity/bodies-events/holiday-series/candy-cane-course-north/">CLICK HERE TO REGISTER</a></h4> <h2><strong>Race Pricing &amp; Registration</strong></h2> <h4>Candy Cane Course 5k &amp; 10k</h4> <ul><li>$34 through Nov 17</li> <li>$38 through Dec 5</li> <li>$42 at packet pickup/race day</li> </ul><p>*<a href="http://bodiesracecompany.com/kansascity/bodies-events/virtual-race/">Virtual Races</a> add $5 for shipping</p> <h4>Youth<em> (12 &amp; Under)</em></h4> <ul><li>$16 through Dec. 13</li> <li>$22 at packet pickup and on race day</li> </ul><h4>Kid’s Dash (Free)</h4> <ul><li>Does not include shirt, finisher medal, bib/chip, etc.</li> </ul><h4>Volunteer</h4> <p>Can’t run or have someone coming to cheer you on?  We are always looking for help! It’s rewarding and we will reward you.<a href="http://bodiesracecompany.com/kansascity/contact/"> Contact us</a> for details.</p> <p><strong>Shirt Cutoff:</strong> Nov. 27th - We cannot guarantee a shirt for registrations placed after this date. You are welcome to check back after the start of the race for any unclaimed items.</p> </div> Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:42:40 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23376 at https://kansascityymca.org Tee It Up For Kids at the Linwood YMCA & Harris Park Golf Tournament https://kansascityymca.org/blog/tee-it-kids-linwood-ymca-harris-park-golf-tournament <span>Tee It Up For Kids at the Linwood YMCA &amp; Harris Park Golf Tournament</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 9, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-09/teeitupforkids.png?itok=Ct1FZJhw" width="500" height="285" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><strong>Tuesday, Oct. 1 </strong></p> <p><strong>Harris Park: 4029 Wayne, Kansas City, MO 64110</strong></p> <p>Registration &amp; breakfast: 8 a.m.<br /> Flight two tee off: 9 a.m.<br /> Awards &amp; lunch: 1 p.m.</p> <p>Join us for this one-of-a-kind exclusive charity golf event benefiting the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center and Harris Park. Proceeds from the tournament will provide youth access to Linwood Y and Harris Park programs like swim lessons, sports and First Tee.</p> <p><strong>PLUS: </strong>Representatives from the PGA, The "W" talk show, and Kansas City Vette Ryders Car Club will be on site at the tournament.</p> <h3>HELP US CHANGE LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITY</h3> <h3><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-golf-tournament-premium-sponsor/33429">PREMIUM SPONSOR - $5,000</a></h3> <p>One team entry, prominent banner in two locations, logo on printed materials, hole signage, recognition during announcements, sponsor rep will be invited to participate in awards ceremony. <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-golf-tournament-premium-sponsor/33429">Click here to register.</a></p> <h3><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-golf-tournament-gold-sponsor/33430">GOLD SPONSOR - $2,500</a></h3> <p>One team entry, hole signage and recognition during announcements. <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/linwood-golf-tournament-gold-sponsor/33430">Click here to register.</a></p> <h4><strong>ABOUT OUR PARTNER HARRIS PARK:</strong></h4> <p>Harris Park provides a supervised and structured environment for empowering youth to develop self-esteem, basic life skills, respect for the rights of others and property, all through sport, fitness, cultural, and educational programming.</p> </div> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:16:28 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23306 at https://kansascityymca.org JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-celebrating-new-americans-during-welcoming-week-0 <span>JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NEW AMERICANS DURING WELCOMING WEEK</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>August 19, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-08/411908_2019-dig_welcoming-week_instagram_1080x1080_02.jpg?itok=VeXyuEbL" width="500" height="500" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>This Welcoming Week, taking place September 13-22, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. </p> <p>Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include open house events, resource fairs and seminars, an international pot luck and other activities that celebrate cultures from around the world. </p> <p>The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. </p> <p>Welcoming Week shows that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger communities. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.</p> <p>For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s.</p> <p>We believed then as we do now, that offering our newest neighbors the support and care to thrive creates stronger, more connected communities for all. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States today, the Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.</p> <p>Please contact your local Y about specific activities in your center. <a href="http://kansascityymca.org/locations">Find a location near you.</a> </p> <p><strong>About Welcoming Week</strong><br /> Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 13-22 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.</p> <p>Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. <a href="https://www.welcomingamerica.org/">www.welcomingamerica.org</a>.</p> </div> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:00:46 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23156 at https://kansascityymca.org Support Challenger Programs at Special Day at the K https://kansascityymca.org/blog/support-challenger-programs-special-day-k <span>Support Challenger Programs at Special Day at the K</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>August 16, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-07/specialday.jpg?itok=ociSxXHb" width="350" height="350" alt="Special Day at the K logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Royals and Rex and Jennifer Hudler's <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/edsjdc/ud30fd/6m6atl">Team Up for Down Syndrome</a> are hosting their annual Special Day at the K Sunday, September 29, 2019 honoring the YMCA Challenger program!  </p> <p>Sponsorships are available for the pre-game picnic sponsored by the Salty Iguana and will include a short program and a live and silent auction. To discuss details call Michelle Ford at 816.360.3304.</p> <p>Purchase your tickets at <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/edsjdc/ud30fd/mf7atl">Royals.com/SpecialDay</a> and a portion of your ticket will support our special needs community. Plus, our Challenger friends Raegan Schurr and Michelle Ford will be the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat honorees at the game! </p> </div> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:14:58 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23106 at https://kansascityymca.org Olathe Family YMCA Launches Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program https://kansascityymca.org/blog/olathe-family-ymca-launches-mobile-pantry-food-distribution-program <span>Olathe Family YMCA Launches Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>August 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-08/0027317_2560x2163.jpg?itok=UYXGnFZ9" width="500" height="423" alt="Nutrition Programs at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p><strong>Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program<br /> Every 1st Wednesday<br /> 2-3:30 p.m.<br /> Olathe Family YMCA</strong></p> <p>Did you know 1 in 6 children in the metro area don’t know where their next meal is coming from? The Y is working to fill this gap with our year-round food programs, including the Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program at the Olathe Family YMCA.</p> <p>Through a partnership with Harvesters Food Network, Olathe Medical center and KVC Health Systems, The Y has established this program to help ensure that our community has access to fresh, nutritious food.</p> <p>On the first Wednesday of every month, Harvesters will deliver perishable food to the Olathe Y parking lot where volunteers will organize and distribute the food directly to vehicles from 2-3:30 p.m. The mobile distribution will be open to any community member in need of food and portions are determined by household size. For more information about the program, call 913.393.9622. </p> <h4>YOU CAN HELP US FEED HUNGRY FAMILIES IN KANSAS CITY</h4> <p>Spread the word to families you know that may benefit from the Mobile Pantry Food Distribution Program. You can also support hunger relief through the Y <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/volunteer">by volunteering</a>. More than 2,600 volunteers perform countless duties across our organization, ensuring that men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life have the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.</p> <p>To volunteer for the Olathe Mobile Food Pantry Distribution Program, <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/585">click here</a>.</p> <p>Support is also welcomed <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/donate/share-cause">through donations</a>. You can select the Y center or program nearest you to direct your support.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:30:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 23071 at https://kansascityymca.org Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat https://kansascityymca.org/ys-open-as-cooling-centers-during-excessive-heat <span>Ys Open as Cooling Centers During Excessive Heat</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 16, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/water.jpg?itok=jkO_UCqX" width="333" height="375" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>All YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations will be open to the community 1-4 p.m. when the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. Anyone may come cool off at the Y during those hours for free. Guests should bring a photo ID and check in at the Welcome Center when they arrive. </p> <p>Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may visit unaccompanied by an adult.</p> <p>Activities vary by location. Call ahead for more information. <a href="/locations">Find a location near you.</a> </p> <p>The Y offers cooling centers as a part of our commitment to social responsibility and helping neighbors in a time of need.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/social-responsibility" hreflang="en">social responsibility</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/operations" hreflang="en">operations</a></div> </div> Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18277 at https://kansascityymca.org Join Us for Cheers for Challenger https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-cheers-challenger-1 <span>Join Us for Cheers for Challenger</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 15, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-07/challenger_email_header_images.jpg?itok=qmFqyd_6" width="500" height="406" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Join us for Cheers for Challenger to help make a difference in the lives of children with diverse abilities and support the Y’s Challenger program. We want this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever, so we’re celebrating our Challenger MVPs at the home of the NFL’s MVP, Arrowhead Stadium. Enjoy great food, beverages and live and silent auctions, which will feature fabulous Chiefs items. There will also be entertainment, celebrity appearances and some exciting new surprises this year!</p> <h4>EVENT DETAILS</h4> <p>Thursday, September 26, 2019<br /> 5:30-10 p.m.</p> <p>Tower Club East, Arrowhead Stadium<br /> One Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129</p> <h4>EVENT SCHEDULE</h4> <ul><li>5:30 p.m. Reception/Silent Auction</li> <li>7:30 p.m. Program</li> <li>8 p.m. Live Auction with auctioneers the Nigro Brothers</li> <li>9-10 p.m. Social/Live Music</li> </ul><h4>TICKETS</h4> <p>Cost is $75 per person.</p> <h4>TICKETS</h4> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-for-challenger/32770">Purchase tickets online</a><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/cheers-for-challenger/20337">,</a> or contact Michelle Ford at <a href="mailto:MichelleFord@KansasCityYMCA.org">MichelleFord@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or 816.360.3304.</p> </div> Mon, 15 Jul 2019 05:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 4676 at https://kansascityymca.org Work for Y Club - $200 Hiring Bonus https://kansascityymca.org/blog/work-y-club-200-hiring-bonus <span>Work for Y Club - $200 Hiring Bonus</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 10, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-07/ourjobsmeanmore.jpg?itok=Xmxv2wu5" width="500" height="380" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Working at the YMCA is a job that means MORE.</p> <p>MORE because of the Y culture and the great people you'll work with. MORE because of on-going training on topics like leadership, diversity and inclusion, and other skills that you need for your future.</p> <p>Join the Y’s Before and After School Y Club team! Full- and part-time positions available with flexible schedules that include weekday mornings (7-8:30 a.m.) and (3-6 p.m.) shifts.</p> <p>Come learn more about Y Club job opportunities and apply in-person at one of our upcoming open interview hiring fairs throughout July and early August. A $200 hiring bonus is available to all qualified new associates! Stop by one of our <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/events-list?event_type_id=1531#view-programs">upcoming open interview sessions</a> and $200 hiring bonus for new associates!</p> </div> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:43:37 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22896 at https://kansascityymca.org YMCA of Greater Kansas City Announces Appointment of New CEO https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ymca-greater-kansas-city-announces-appointment-new-ceo <span>YMCA of Greater Kansas City Announces Appointment of New CEO</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 8, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2019-07/JohnMikos2%20%281%29.jpg?itok=kZYqwXQH" width="500" height="700" alt="John Mikos - President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City today announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously selected John Mikos, former chief operating officer and acting interim president and CEO, to fill the role of chief executive officer. Mikos succeeds the previous CEO and President David Byrd, who accepted a new position with the YMCA of the USA in March.</p> <p>CiCi Rojas, who leads the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Board of Directors as chief volunteer officer, said she is excited about the future of the Y in Kansas City under the leadership of Mikos. </p> <p>“John has led many progressive developments with the Y in Kansas City in his previous role, bringing focus to innovative integrated health programs, fostering the Y’s vision for our downtown core along with building great relationships with health and community partners across the region” said Rojas, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. “He’s passionate about the Y becoming an even greater presence to support our communities in the future.”</p> <p>Chris Kurtz, current board member and past chief volunteer officer, was appointed by the board chair to lead the national search committee, partnering with the Y of the USA and Kansas City-based EFL Associates. “The Y is in a strong position and we were very thoughtful in our process to find the right person, at the right time to take us to the next step,” said Kurtz. </p> <p>Mikos started his career at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City as COO in December 2013, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience with YMCAs across the country. Prior to his role in Kansas City, he served as the chief operating officer for the YMCA of Western North Carolina in Asheville and for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa.</p> <p>While in his positions in Kansas City, Mikos has been focused on developing a new strategic vision and sustainable viability of the Y’s mission to support youth development, health and wellness and social responsibility.</p> <p>During his tenure, the Y broke ground on the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center at the former Lyric Theatre building in November 2018, partnered with the community to expand and renew facilities including the Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center and the Linwood Family YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center in 2017 and partnered with the city of North Kansas City to transform its facility into one of the area’s most vibrant community centers.</p> <p>“I am incredibly excited to assume this new role and for the future of the Y in Kansas City,” Mikos said. “The Y provides so many opportunities to lift up, support and strengthen youth and families in our communities. I want to see our Y become an even greater collaborator, advocate, and leader throughout our entire region, helping to bridge the opportunity gap for all.”</p> </div> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:12:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22616 at https://kansascityymca.org 22nd Annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run/Walk https://kansascityymca.org/21st-annual-amelia-earhart-2k8k-runwalk <span>22nd Annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run/Walk</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 25, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/AmeliaEarhartRun.jpg?itok=xjKF_nnC" width="500" height="315" alt="Amelia Earhart Run" title="Amelia Earhart Run" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Get active and join us Saturday, July 20, for Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center's annual Amelia Earhart 2K/8K Run!</p> <h3>AWARDS</h3> <p>All medals will be given out after the races are completed, in front of the Y. Medals will be awarded to the top finisher in each age group and gender for each event.</p> <h3>AGE GROUPS</h3> <p>Male and Female groups for 14 &amp; under, 15-24, 25-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+.</p> <h3>REGISTRATION</h3> <ul><li>2K and 8K $25 through June 30. Fee includes guaranteed T-shirt.</li> <li>2K and 8K $30 July 1 – July 19. T-shirt based on availability.</li> <li>2K and 8K $35 July 20 (race day) T-shirt based on availability.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/atchison-amelia-earhart-fun-run-walk-2k/29967">Click here to register for the 2K race.</a><br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/atchison-amelia-earhart-fun-run-walk-8k/29968">Click here to register for the 8K race.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Packet Pick Up Dates at the Atchison Y:</strong></p> <ul><li>Friday, July 19 from 5 a.m.-5 p.m., and</li> <li>Saturday, July 20 from 6-7:15 a.m.</li> </ul><h3>PARKING</h3> <p>Parking is not permitted on the 300 block of Commercial during race time.</p> <p>Parking is available on the street and in nearby lots.</p> <h3>RACE START/FINISH</h3> <p>The race will begin and end in front of the Atchison Family YMCA.</p> <h3>COURSES</h3> <p>Maps are available at the Welcome Center. Race begins and ends in front of the Atchison Y. The 2K course is mostly flat with only one hill up and one hill down. The 8K course is rather hilly.</p> <h3>ADDITIONAL DETAILS</h3> <p>For more information about the festival go to <a href="http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/">VisitAtchison.com</a>. For more information on the race or to become a sponsor contact the Atchison Y at 913.367.4948.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/runs" hreflang="en">Runs</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/events" hreflang="en">events</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/history" hreflang="en">history</a></div> <div><a href="/blog/category/atchison" hreflang="en">atchison</a></div> </div> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:10:13 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18389 at https://kansascityymca.org Head Start Enrollment https://kansascityymca.org/blog/head-start-enrollment <span>Head Start Enrollment </span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 17, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/HeadStart.jpg?itok=9R_EXGLn" width="500" height="167" alt="Head Start - YMCA of Greater Kansas City" title="Head Start - YMCA of Greater Kansas City" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>We are holding several application days for <a href="/programs/early-education/head-start">YMCA Head Start</a>! Please stop by on one of these dates and locations at any time to meet with an intake specialist:</p> <p>Burlington Head Start<br /> 2701 Burlington, Kansas City, MO 64116<br /> Tuesday, July 9 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Columbus Park Head Start<br /> 1100 E 4th Street<br /> Tuesday, August 6 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Northland Head Start<br /> 3100 NE 83rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64119<br /> Tuesday, June 18 or Monday, July 1 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Park Hill Head Start<br /> 8100 N Congress, Kansas City, MO 64153<br /> Monday, July 15 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Thomas Roque Early Head Start<br /> 3800 E 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64130<br /> Tuesday, July 16 - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>We are accepting applications from families with children up to age five. Walk-ins or appointments are available. Call 816-841-3382 or send an email to <a href="mailto:marcheadstart@marc.org">marcheadstart@marc.org</a> for more information. Walk-ins accepted until 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>The following documents are required to apply: If you have these items, please bring them:</p> <ul><li>Proof of income for 12 months - Insurance or Medicaid card for</li> <li>Proof of child support, TANF, or SSI your child</li> <li>Pell grant or scholarship information - Child’s current shot/vaccination</li> <li>Proof of residency for Jackson, Clay, record or Platte counties - IFSP (individual family service</li> <li>Proof of birth plan) or IEP (individualized Education plan)</li> </ul></div> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:17:33 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22321 at https://kansascityymca.org