Blog https://kansascityymca.org/blog en 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 class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <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 Father’s Day is a Reminder of the Important Role Dads Play in Children’s Lives https://kansascityymca.org/blog/fathers-day-reminder-important-role-dads-play-childrens-lives <span>Father’s Day is a Reminder of the Important Role Dads Play in Children’s Lives</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 14, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/AdobeStock_68801066%20-%20Copy.jpeg?itok=igt8R5ho" width="500" height="591" alt="Father&#039;s Day" title="Father&#039;s Day" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Over 100 years ago, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. Dodd was one of six children being raised by a single father, and she felt her father and others deserved to be honored. </p> <p>After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.  </p> <p>On Sunday, June 16, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. </p> <p>Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.   </p> <p>Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.  </p> <p>On Father’s Day, the Y celebrates dads and all male adult role models as we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with men who are committed, responsible and involved.</p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers ranging from Parent/Child swim lessons to Adventure Guides to family nights at local Ys. </p> <p>In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. </p> <p> </p> </div> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:38:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 12646 at https://kansascityymca.org El YMCA está trabajando para darle de comer a los niños este verano https://kansascityymca.org/blog/food-programs-espanol <span>El YMCA está trabajando para darle de comer a los niños este verano</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/carolineknechtkansascityymcaorg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caroline Knecht</span></span> <span>June 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/background-images/YClubMeals.jpg?itok=3e3ELSA9" width="500" height="281" alt="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" title="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>¿Sabías que 1 en cada 6 niños no saben de dónde vendrá su próxima comida? El YMCA está trabajando para llenar este vacío con nuestros programas de alimentos durante todo el año.</p> <p>Para algunos niños, la escuela es el único lugar que les ofrece una comida segura. El YMCA está tratando de cambiar eso con el programa de comidas y bocadillos que se ofrecen durante el verano cuando no hay clases, después de clases durante el año escolar, y hasta en los fines de semana.</p> <p>El YMCA tiene varias oportunidades de ofrecer comidas y bocadillos este verano, disponible para todos los jóvenes de 19 años para abajo.</p> <ul><li><strong><a href="/locations/cleaver">Cleaver Family YMCA</a> </strong>- 30 de Junio al 10 de Agosto, cada Martes y Jueves de 5-6 p.m. y los Sábados de 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Patrocinados por Harvesters.</li> <li><strong><a href="/locations/linwood">Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Community Center</a> </strong>- 10 de Junio al 2 de Agosto, Lunes a Viernes de 2-3 p.m. Patrocinados por Total Man.</li> <li><strong><a href="/locations/north-kansas-city">North Kansas City Family YMCA</a> </strong>- 10 de Junio al 2 de Agosto, Lunes a Viernes de 8:30-9:30 am. y de 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Los Sabados de 9-10 a.m. Pratocinados por Total Man.</li> <li><strong><a href="/locations/providence">Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</a> </strong>- 1 de Junio al 10 de Agosto, cada Lunes y Miércoles de 5-6 pm, y los Sabados de 9-10:30 am. Patrocinados por Harvesters y Treat America.</li> <li><strong><a href="/programs/summer-camps">Campamento de Verano Matutino del YMCA</a> </strong><strong>-</strong> del 3 de Junio  al 26 de Julio, bocadillos diarios son proveídos para aquellos que estén inscritos en el campamento matutino en las escuelas primarias Comanche Elementary y Crestview Elementary. Patrocinados por El Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission.</li> </ul><h3>TÚ NOS PUEDES AYUDAR A ALIMENTAR A LOS NIÑOS (AS) CON HAMBRE EN KANSAS CITY</h3> <p>Corre la voz a todos los niños(as) y familias que conozcas que se puedan beneficiar de las comidas este verano. Tú también puedes ayudar a combatir el hambre siendo un voluntario. Más de 2,600 voluntarios hacen inmensas tareas a lo largo de la organización, asegurando que hombres, mujeres y niños de todas edades y caminos de la vida tengan los recursos y apoyo que necesitan para estar sanos, tengan confianza, estén conectados y seguros.</p> <p>También puedes dar apoyo por medio de donaciones. Tú puedes elegir la localidad del YMCA o programa al cual te gustaría beneficiar.</p> </div> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 20:15:14 +0000 Caroline Knecht 22296 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y is Working to Feed Hungry Kids This Summer https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-working-feed-hungry-kids-summer <span>The Y is Working to Feed Hungry Kids This Summer</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 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/background-images/YClubMeals.jpg?itok=3e3ELSA9" width="500" height="281" alt="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" title="Feeding Hungry Kids - Y Club" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Did you know 1 in 6 children don’t know where their next meal is coming from? The Y is working to fill this gap with our year-round food programs.</p> <p>For some kids, school is the only place they are sure to get a meal. The Y is working to change that with meals and snack programs when school is out in the summer, after school throughout the year, and even on weekends.</p> <p>The Y has several meal and snack opportunities this summer, available to all youth 19 and younger.</p> <ul><li><a href="/locations/cleaver"><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA</strong></a> - June 30 through August 10, each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm and Saturday from 11 am-Noon.  Support provided by Harvesters.</li> <li><a href="/locations/linwood"><strong>Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter Community Center</strong></a> - June 10 through August 2, weekdays from 2-3 pm.  Support provided by Total Man.</li> <li><a href="/locations/north-kansas-city"><strong>North Kansas City Family YMCA</strong></a> - June 10 through August 2, weekdays from 8:30-9:30 am, Noon-1:30 pm,and Saturdays from 9-10 am.  Support provided by Total Man.</li> <li><a href="/locations/providence"><strong>Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</strong></a> - June 1 through August 10, each Monday and Wednesday from 5-6 pm, and Saturday from 9-10:30 am.  Support provided by Harvesters and Treat America.</li> <li><a href="/programs/summer-camps"><strong>YMCA Summer Day Camp</strong></a> – from June 3 through July 26, weekly snacks provided for those enrolled in day camp at the Comanche Elementary and Crestview Elementary schools.  Support provided by the Shawnee Mission School District.</li> </ul><h3><strong>You can help us feed hungry kids in Kansas City</strong></h3> <p>Spread the word to kids and families you know that may benefit from meals this summer. You can also support hunger relief through the Y by <a href="/volunteer">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>Support is also welcomed through <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/donate/share-cause">donations</a>. You can select the Y center or program nearest you to direct your support.</p> </div> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:31:20 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22261 at https://kansascityymca.org Celebrating the Y's 175th Birthday https://kansascityymca.org/y-s-history-building-better-us <span>Celebrating the Y&#039;s 175th Birthday</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 4, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2019-06/175thBirthday.jpg?itok=vqWVtQcP" width="500" height="380" alt="Happy 75th Birthday to the YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>On June 6, 2019 the YMCA marks 175 years as more than a place, it is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Here are five past notable events and achievements that demonstrate the Y’s commitment to the communities it serves.</p> <ol><li><strong>American Institutions:</strong> Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.</li> <li><strong>Summer Camp:</strong> The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y, developing critical skills and making memories along the way.</li> <li><strong>Innovating &amp; Inventing:</strong> From James Naismith's invention of basketball to instructors creating racquetball and what would eventually become volleyball, the Y has a rich tradition in activities that are played by millions of people around the globe. One Y staffer, Robert J. Roberts, is credited with inventing the term “bodybuilding.”</li> <li><strong>A Nobel Peace Prizewinner:</strong> YMCA leader John R. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the Y's groundbreaking role in raising global awareness and support and for the organization’s humanitarian efforts.</li> <li><strong>Furthering Education:</strong> The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. </li> </ol><h4>How the Y is relevant in 2019</h4> <p>Today, the Y serves more than 22 million people annually and offers resources at over 2,700 locations across all 50 states. Here are three ways “community” continues as the Y’s number one cause:</p> <ol><li><strong>Nurturing the Potential of Our Kids:</strong> When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Nationwide, the Y helps over nine million youth to close gaps in hunger, health, learning, water safety and safe spaces while providing a place to stay healthy, build friendships, and achieve more – all while having fun! Each program demonstrates the Y’s unwavering commitment to ensuring children are on track for a successful education, especially those in underserved communities. </li> <li><strong>Improving the Nation’s Health:</strong> More than a place to work out, the Y offers programs that help individuals and families improve their health and enact changes that strengthen their community and society. From working with people who are trying to find ways to improve health, but don’t know how, to preventing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and helping people recover from serious illnesses like cancer, the Y is one of the few organizations in the country with the size and influence that can effectively reach millions of people. Ys are also active in the community, creating communal gardens, increasing access to farmers markets and ensuring children have a safe route to school. </li> <li><strong>Support for All Our Neighbors:</strong> As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y's social services and volunteer programs help more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From helping newcomers and immigrants adjust to new communities to member-led community service projects through the Togetherhood program, every effort helps to make a difference. </li> </ol><p>For more information on how the Y strengthens communities across the country, visit <a href="ymca.net/forabetterus">ymca.net/forabetterus</a>.</p> <p>Learn more about our local impact at <a href="/donate/share-cause">KansasCityYMCA.org/ShareTheCause</a>. </p> <p> </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h2>175 Years of History</h2> <div class="carousel"> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/george-williams.jpg?h=c122d65a&amp;itok=Jo4x_qXf 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source 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<figcaption>George Williams, founder of the YMCA</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=JGq81FTU 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=o2W9y9Z9 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=JGq81FTU 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=JGq81FTU 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=_kRJyz_g 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=o2W9y9Z9 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=H2R5wNa5 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/jamesnaismith.jpg?h=baafc13e&amp;itok=_kRJyz_g" alt="James Naismith" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>James Naismith, basketball inventor</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=TjyMPgIH 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=9_YdN8ux 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=TjyMPgIH 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=TjyMPgIH 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=EOzeBkkW 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=9_YdN8ux 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=sHE5BSPB 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/camp.jpg?h=5a39c9a1&amp;itok=EOzeBkkW" alt="Camp Dudley " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>Camp leaders at the first YMCA camp in the United States in 1887</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=X4YlHobB 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=FLPN5QCl 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=X4YlHobB 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=X4YlHobB 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=-KwDhXp_ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=FLPN5QCl 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=EBpDjw0V 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-06/mott-13047-portrait-medium.jpg?h=8991b723&amp;itok=-KwDhXp_" alt="John Mott" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>John Mott, Nobel Prize Winner</figcaption> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:00:58 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18387 at https://kansascityymca.org New Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA Addresses Food Insecurity https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-food-pantry-north-kansas-city-ymca-addresses-food-insecurity <span>New Food Pantry at North Kansas City YMCA Addresses Food Insecurity</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>May 20, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-05/nkc-food-pantry-1.jpg?itok=_F9_cc7p" width="500" height="333" alt="Photo of food at the North Kansas City YMCA food pantry, including healthy crackers, nuts and fresh fruits." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">To address food insecurity, the North Kansas City YMCA opened a new community food pantry. The pantry focuses on providing healthy foods from a kiosk near the entrance of the Y.</p> <p>The pantry opened April 24, and it's the first pantry at a Y in greater Kansas City. It's made possible thanks to presenting sponsor Humana, and food partner Harvesters, which already has provided 1,200 pounds of food the first month and nearly 2,000 pounds of food the second month.   </p> <p>In just three weeks, 1,000 pounds of food was distributed to benefit more than 250 families. The response speaks to a growing need in the community and how the Y is filling the gap.</p> <p>One in eight people in the greater Kansas City region faces food insecurity, unsure of where their next meal will come from or whether they will have enough food for their household. Of those at risk for hunger, 40 percent are likely to be ineligible for federal nutrition programs such as SNAP (food stamps), WIC, or free and reduced-price school meals.</p> <p>The pantry is open to anyone in the community in need of food. Community volunteers staff the pantry to assist visitors. The Y also accepts donations of unopened, non-perishable food items for Harvesters at the North Kansas City location.</p> <p>The pantry offers fresh fruits and vegetables, plus other items that will vary from time to time and will include items such as grains, whole wheat pastas, beans, healthy drinks (including almond milk and 100% juices), healthy snacks (such as granola, energy bars and nuts), and healthy condiments (such as olive oil mayonnaise).</p> <p>In addition to food, the North Kansas City Y also partners with Natural Grocers to offer hygiene products such as shampoo and deodorant, which are in high need for low-income individuals.</p> <p>The pantry is open the following times:</p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Monday/Wednesday/Friday -  5-7 p.m.</li> <li>Tuesday/Thursday - 8- 9 a.m.</li> <li>Saturday - 9 a.m.-12 p.m.</li> </ul><p>For more information, call the North Kansas City YMCA at 816.300.0531.</p> <p>Interested in volunteering? <a href="https://kansascityymca.volunteermatters.org/project-catalog/534">Learn more and sign up.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 May 2019 15:46:22 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22131 at https://kansascityymca.org Important Water Safety Tips https://kansascityymca.org/important-water-safety-tips <span>Important Water Safety Tips</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>May 15, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/WaterSafetyTips.jpg?itok=_vHV4hxe" width="500" height="334" alt="Tips to Make Water Safety a Priority" title="Tips to Make Water Safety a Priority" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As part of the Y’s commitment to eliminate drowning, the Y encourages you to always make safety your first priority as you enjoy the various benefits of swimming.</p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old, and the leading cause of unintentional death for ages 1 to 4. </p> <h3>Water Safety Tips</h3> <p>Take an active role in your child’s safety. Practice these safety tips in and around the water:</p> <ul><li>Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty. Never swim alone.</li> <li>Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. That means avoid distracting activities such as texting, talking on the phone, reading and drinking alcoholic beverages.</li> <li>Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. </li> <li>Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.</li> <li>Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.</li> </ul><h3>Look for Signs of Distress</h3> <p>Be vigilant and look for swimmers showing signs of distress before it progresses to a serious situation or drowning.</p> <p>Real-life drowning doesn't look like it does in the movies where someone is splashing and screaming in the water. The signs of someone struggling are actually very different.</p> <p>Look for these signs to identify a swimmer in distress:</p> <ul><li>Mouth at water level</li> <li>Head tilted back as the person tries to float</li> <li>Eyes glassy or closed</li> <li>Quiet voice, with no talking or screaming, as the swimmer struggles for air</li> <li>Bobbing up and down in the water but not making any forward progress</li> </ul><p>What should you do if you see if you see a swimmer in distress? Reach out to them with a pool noodle, another flotation device or a towel that they can grab, and pull them to safety. </p> <h3>Learn to Swim at the Y</h3> <p>To help make sure everyone can be safe in the water, the Y offer swim lessons for all ages. Children as young as 6 months old can begin in Parent/Child classes, and group lessons begin for ages 3 and older. <a href="/programs/youth-swim/swim-lessons">Take our swim assessment</a> to determine which level is the best fit for your child, or our check out our <a href="/programs/adult-swim/adult-swim-lessons">Adult Swim Lessons</a> for yourself. </p> <p>Thanks to generous donations, the Y is able to offer financial assistance to individuals and families unable to pay the stated fees.</p> </div> Wed, 15 May 2019 16:40:36 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18274 at https://kansascityymca.org Engage at Every Age: Eat Healthy, Get Active and Be Social as You Get Older https://kansascityymca.org/blog/engage-every-age-eat-healthy-get-active-and-be-social-you-get-older <span>Engage at Every Age: Eat Healthy, Get Active and Be Social as You Get Older</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>May 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/Ages_AOA_0.jpg?itok=CSqoXGUu" width="380" height="182" alt="Active Older Adults Search" title="Active Older Adults Search" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>It's important to be active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life.</p> <p>This May, during Older Americans Month, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is reminding adults over 50 to develop behaviors that are crucial to aging well: healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.</p> <p>Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that <strong>adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease</strong>.</p> <p>While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.</p> <p>The Y offers many ways for older adults age well and live healthier including:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/group-class-search">Group exercise and water fitness</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/chronic-disease/arthritis-programs">Arthritis programs</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/events-list?event_type_id=976#view-programs">Social activities and educational events</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/chronic-disease-prevention-management">Evidence-based programs to prevent and manage chronic disease</a>, including Enhance Fitness for people with arthritis, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, and LIVE<strong>STRONG</strong> at the YMCA for cancer survivors</li> </ul><p>For more information about activities and events, <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/locations">contact a Y location near you</a>. Ready to make some lifestyle changes? <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/5-healthy-aging-tips-older-americans-month">Check out our five tips for healthy aging.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 07 May 2019 22:11:19 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 22071 at https://kansascityymca.org 5 Healthy Aging Tips for Older Americans Month https://kansascityymca.org/5-healthy-aging-tips-older-americans-month <span>5 Healthy Aging Tips for Older Americans 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>May 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2015-06-22_EF-Group1_CMYK_1220_0.jpg?itok=BEHjwcmf" width="500" height="333" alt="Active Older Adults Social Exercise" title="Active Older Adults Social Exercise" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>May is Older Americans Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City offers the following tips to encourage older adults to live healthier lives.  </p> <ol><li><strong>Have fun with your food.</strong> Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients. <br />  </li> <li><strong>Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt.</strong> As you age, your body needs more fiber-rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber-rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium. <br />  </li> <li><strong>Get active.</strong> Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.  <br />  </li> <li><strong>Tweak your routine.</strong> To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab something sturdy to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods. <br />  </li> <li><strong>Get social.</strong> Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!</li> </ol><p>The Y offers a range of activities for all ages, including activities and classes designed specifically for active older adults. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/55-adults">Explore classes, view upcoming events and learn more.</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 07 May 2019 19:09:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18381 at https://kansascityymca.org 6 Reasons Kids Should Go to Camp https://kansascityymca.org/6-reasons-kids-should-go-camp <span>6 Reasons Kids Should Go to Camp</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>May 1, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/YCamp_Facebook_v2.jpg?itok=PO3YXBGt" width="500" height="500" alt="Camp 2018" title="Camp 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>While kids typically burst into summer with lots of energy, most parents can tell you it doesn’t take long for summer boredom to set in. The <a href="/camp">Y’s Summer Day Camp</a> can help banish that boredom and create lasting memories.</p> <p>Besides keeping kids active and engaged over the summer, camps provide important opportunities to make friends, learn new skills and have fun.</p> <p>Here are six reasons kids should go to camp:</p> <ol><li><strong>Learn life skills</strong><br /> Camp is a community away from home and school. This gives our kids a chance to learn to work with a new crew. Y camps teach children to communicate, to work together as part of a team and to be leaders. </li> <li><strong>Practice Healthy habits</strong><br /> Research shows kids gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Y summer day camps keep kids active with physical activities throughout the day, opportunities to get out and explore nature, and swimming field trips weekly. Healthy snacks are provided daily and offer opportunities for lessons about making healthy food choices outside of camp.</li> <li><strong>Ease the summer slide</strong><br /> Without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids can slide behind academically over the summer. Studies show that students can lose 25 to 30 percent of their school learning over the summer without enrichment or reading programs. Y day camps keep kids learning all summer long. Regular enrichment and reading are part of the fun daily schedules, led by trained youth development professionals. </li> <li><strong>Discover their potential </strong><br /> Camp provides opportunities for youth to step out of their comfort zone and exposes them to new activities and experiences. Activities and field trips give campers at the Y the opportunity to try different things and discover new hobbies. Through a variety of experiences, children build confidence and have a greater chance of finding something in which they can excel.</li> <li><strong>Unplug from technology</strong><br /> Kids can forget about their tablets, phones and video games, and find new passions at the Y’s summer day camps: science, community, nature, sports and fitness, culture, healthy cooking, traditions and more.</li> <li><strong>Build friendships</strong><br /> Y Camps provide children with the core values of a strong, moral individual by teaching them about honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Parents frequently report that after camp, their children are more kind, understand the importance of giving and are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right. The best friendships are built on these values.</li> </ol><p>There’s still time to sign up! Go for a week, or stay for the whole summer. For more information and to register for the Y’s camps, visit <a href="/programs/summer-camps">KansasCityYMCA.org/Camp</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 01 May 2019 17:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18380 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y's We Survive Event for Cancer Survivors and Supporters https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ys-we-survive-event-cancer-survivors-and-supporters <span>The Y&#039;s We Survive Event for Cancer Survivors and Supporters</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>April 26, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-04/0001494.jpg?itok=06tAWjVj" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h3>You’re invited to The Y's We Survive Event for Cancer Survivors and Supporters</h3> <p><strong>Thursday, June 27, 2019<br /> 4-6 p.m.</strong></p> <p>Colonial Gardens<br /> 27610 E Wyatt Road<br /> Blue Springs, MO 64014</p> <p>Join us for the Y’s We Survive event! This is a celebration of our cancer survivorship program where we focus on health, not disease. Your support helps give more survivors an opportunity to improve their quality of life after their battle with cancer.</p> <p>Tickets: $35</p> <p>To purchase tickets, <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/blue-springs-y-we-survive-event/31725">click here.</a></p> </div> Fri, 26 Apr 2019 20:25:08 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21961 at https://kansascityymca.org Join Us for the Olathe Family YMCA Annual Golf Tournament https://kansascityymca.org/blog/join-us-olathe-family-ymca-annual-golf-tournament <span>Join Us for the Olathe Family YMCA Annual 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>April 18, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-04/capture.png?itok=qwXqvV-I" width="500" height="580" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h3>Friday, August 23</h3> <h3>Sycamore Ridge Golf Club</h3> <p>Help support the Olathe Family YMCA Annual Campaign by joining us for the annual golf tournament at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club on Friday, August 23.</p> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31933">Click here</a> to register as an individual player. Registration price includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and a gift.</p> <p>To register as a sponsor, please see the links below.</p> <h3>Tournament Details</h3> <p><strong>Format: </strong>Team Scramble</p> <p><strong>Entry Includes:</strong></p> <ul><li>Complimentary gift</li> <li>Green fees and golf cart</li> <li>Awards lunch</li> </ul><p>In addition to enjoying the beautiful Sycamore Ridge Golf Club, golfers will be eligible for prizes and contests throughout the day, including:</p> <ul><li>Hole-In-One</li> <li>Closest to the Pin</li> <li>Longest Drive</li> <li>Team prizes</li> </ul><p><strong>Tournament Location</strong></p> <p>Sycamore Ridge Golf Club</p> <p>21731 Club House Drive</p> <p>Spring Hill, KS 66083</p> <p><strong>Tournament Schedule</strong></p> <p>Registration and breakfast: 7 a.m.</p> <p>Driving range and putting green available</p> <p>Shotgun start: 8 a.m.</p> <p>Awards lunch: 1 p.m.</p> <h3>Sponsorships</h3> <p><strong>Premier Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31924">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$5,000 - One team, prominent banner placement in two locations, logo on gift, recognition during announcements, sponsor representative will be invited to participate in awards ceremony</p> <p><strong>Gold Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31925">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$2,500 - One team, prominent banner placement in two locations, logo on printed materials and hole signage, recognition during announcements, includes the various course challenges</p> <p><strong>Patron Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31926">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$1,000 - One team and two signs (driving range and putting green), logo on printed materials, recognition during announcements</p> <p><strong>Foursome Hole Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31927">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$750 - One team, hole signage, logo on printed materials, recognition during announcements</p> <p><strong>Hole-In-One Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31928">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$750 + Insurance - Sponsor will contract insurance and secure Hole-In-One prize, hole signage</p> <p><strong>Closest to the Pin Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31929">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - Sponsor will provide prize with a minimum retail value of $200 and receive exclusive signage on hole</p> <p><strong>Longest Drive Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31930">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - Recognized on sign at hole</p> <p><strong>Business Showcase Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31931">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - One sign on a hole, dedicated location on course for sponsor representatives to interact with all golfers</p> <p><strong>Cart Sponsor - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31932">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$300 - Provide gift(s) and materials for each golfer</p> <p><strong>Individual Player - <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/31933">Register Here</a></strong></p> <p>$150 - Includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and gift</p> <h3>All proceeds will support Olathe Family YMCA Annual Campaign</h3> <p>Our Y is committed to serving all people from all backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay. Generous donations help ensure equal access by providing financial assistance for membership and programs, and by supporting outreach in a safe, welcoming space for all in our community.</p> <p>If you have questions, please call the Olathe Family YMCA at 913.393.9622.</p> <p> </p> </div> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:05:50 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21816 at https://kansascityymca.org YVCKC and YMCA of Greater Kansas City Partnership Update https://kansascityymca.org/blog/yvckc-and-ymca-greater-kansas-city-partnership-update <span>YVCKC and YMCA of Greater Kansas City Partnership Update</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>March 29, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/t5worppip1p2xgf099i4_400x400.jpeg?itok=62A6F6nO" width="400" height="400" alt="YVCKC Logo" title="YVCKC Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Since 2013, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has hosted the local Youth Volunteer Corps program, known as YVCKC. Working in partnership with Youth Volunteer Headquarters based in Kansas City, the Y has been able to deliver the YVCKC program and provide thousands of youth ages 11-18 from all backgrounds opportunities to learn from challenging, organized service opportunities to youth.</p> <p>As we look to the future of the program, recent funding challenges have led the Y and YVC headquarters, based in Kansas City, to come together to determine the best way to move forward to ensure a strong YVC program in Kansas City for years to come. </p> <p>Beginning April 1, 2019, YVC headquarters will return to hosting the local YVCKC program, with ongoing collaboration with the Y and the community to empower our youth through service learning. </p> <p>We are working with our associates who support YVCKC and families to ensure a smooth transition for all during this change for the program. Makayla Harris will continue to lead the program as part of YVC headquarters, and youth will continue to have opportunities for service projects. Any scheduled service projects will move forward as planned, and more activities will be added to the calendar soon, including summer opportunities.</p> <p>In the meantime, you may continue to visit <a href="http://www.yvckc.org">yvckc.org</a> and follow YVCKC at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yvckc">Facebook.com/yvckc</a> or on Twitter <a href="https://www.twitter.com/yvckc">@yvckc</a> for the latest information.</p> <p>Beginning April 1, you may reach YVCKC at:</p> <p>1025 Jefferson Street<br /> Kansas City, MO 64105<br /><a href="mailto:kansascity@yvc.org">kansascity@yvc.org</a></p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:42:26 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21456 at https://kansascityymca.org Kansas City Chiefs and the Y Launch Flag Football Partnership https://kansascityymca.org/blog/kansas-city-chiefs-and-y-launch-flag-football-partnership <span>Kansas City Chiefs and the Y Launch Flag Football Partnership</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>March 28, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-05/chiefsflagfootball2019.jpg?itok=qZCD5yPR" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Kansas City Chiefs and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City have launched a new partnership to offer flag football throughout the greater Kansas City area.</p> <p>The Y’s youth flag football programs for ages 5 and older are now sponsored by the Chiefs. Flag football participants will receive exclusive Chiefs jerseys and footballs, as well as access to Chiefs football camps, special events for families, and appearances by KC Wolf and the Chiefs Cheerleaders.</p> <p>“The game of football is such a passion for so many people in this community,” Chiefs Director of Community Engagement Gary Spani said. “Kids should be a part of it and if they learn the game the right way and see how much fun it is, they can learn valuable life lessons that extend beyond the game. The Y’s long history of providing youth sports to our community will ensure a positive experience for all, and the Chiefs look forward to being part of it.”</p> <p>To celebrate the beginning of the partnership the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including KC Wolf and Chiefs Cheerleaders, will visit the kickoff of the spring YMCA Flag Football program at the Fred and Shirley Pryor YMCA Challenger Sports Complex at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. The Challenger Sports Complex is located at 2001 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64154.</p> <p>“We are grateful to the Chiefs for their support, which will help give more youth throughout the metro the opportunity to play flag football,” said Garry Linn, senior vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “The Chiefs’ commitment to youth development and healthy living align perfectly with the Y’s sports programs.”</p> <p>YMCA Youth Flag Football sponsored by the Chiefs is underway for the spring season. Registration will open for the fall season in July. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/sports">KansasCityYMCA.org/Sports</a> for more information.</p> <p>The Chiefs involvement in flag football is a key tenant of Chiefs Kingdom Kids, the Chiefs new youth-focused programming. Chiefs Kingdom Kids aims to provide unique experiences both at Arrowhead and around Kansas City – including movie nights, the Legends Youth Football Camp, Jr. Chiefs Cheer Camps and more. Chiefs Kingdom Kids will officially launch and be open for sign-ups in late April.</p> <p><strong>About the Kansas City Chiefs </strong></p> <p>The Chiefs have a long history of supporting youth football within the community. Throughout the years, the Chiefs have hosted youth football events geared to educate parents and coaches and prepare youth athletes for the next level of play. The Hunt family has made corporate citizenship and charitable giving a priority for the entire organization. Those efforts focus on programs which improve the civic climate in our region, support families and children in crisis, improve health and wellness among children, as well as preserve the legacy and history of the game of football and the National Football League.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 28 Mar 2019 22:50:42 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21451 at https://kansascityymca.org 6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Prediabetes https://kansascityymca.org/blog/6-ways-reduce-your-risk-prediabetes <span>6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Prediabetes</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>March 26, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/DiabetesPreventionClass2.jpg?itok=jPfK8m5v" width="500" height="334" alt="YMCA Diabetes Prevention Class" title="YMCA Diabetes Prevention Class" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City wants you to know your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, plus the steps you can take now to reduce your chances of developing the disease.</p> <p>In the United States alone, diabetes affects more than 30 million people. Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent of them know it.</p> <p>Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease, stroke and other conditions.</p> <p>Here are six basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living—and decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes.</p> <ol><li><strong>Reduce portion sizes</strong> of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.</li> <li><strong>Keep a food diary</strong> to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.</li> <li><strong>Be moderately active</strong> at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.</li> <li><strong>Choose water</strong> to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.</li> <li><strong>Incorporate more activity </strong>in your day, like taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.</li> <li><strong>Speak to your doctor</strong> about diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight. </li> </ol><p>Want to know if you’re at risk for diabetes? Take our risk assessment at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/diabetes">KansasCityYMCA.org/Diabetes</a>. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level.</p> <p>The Y is here to help. For people with prediabetes and at risk of type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available. Learn more and request more information at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/diabetes">KansasCityYMCA.org/Diabetes</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:25:14 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21401 at https://kansascityymca.org 10 delicious foods that are good for your health https://kansascityymca.org/blog/10-delicious-foods-are-good-your-health <span>10 delicious foods that are good for your health</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>March 21, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-03/0027326.jpg?itok=CZqOWnpq" width="500" height="283" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">“If it tastes good, just spit it out. Because if it tastes good, it <em>has</em> to be bad for you.”</p> <p>As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist I’ve heard these words from patients, friends, family and students in my classes a lot. Just this week someone who had recently been diagnosed with heart failure told me his doctor said that! Ouch. How discouraging it must have been to hear those words.</p> <p>Luckily not all health care providers think this way. And even more luckily, it’s well-established that nourishing, healthful foods can taste really fantastic.</p> <p>I personally got involved in health care because I really love food and I’ve seen so many times how helping people choose wholesome, delicious foods they love can completely change their health.</p> <p>Nutrition is obviously about health, but it’s also about food. And food <em>should</em> taste good! Don’t be fooled -- food is definitely your friend and not your enemy when it comes to improving your health.</p> <p><strong>Here are 10 foods that taste as amazing as they are health-promoting:</strong></p> <p><strong>Dark chocolate:</strong> Rich in flavonols that may help lower blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity, dark chocolate is a delicious and nourishing indulgence. Look for chocolate that contains a high percentage of cocoa solids to get the most benefit from this superfood!</p> <p><strong>Berries:</strong> Berries are often called nature’s candy, and with good reason. Their sweet flavor, bright coloring and portable size make them incredibly appealing. But that’s not all berries can do. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that may help keep memory sharp as you age. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties. All berries are great sources of fiber, which can keep you full longer and feed the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.</p> <p><strong>Oven-roasted carrots (or really any oven-roasted root vegetable):</strong> We all know (and hopefully love) the satisfying crunch of a raw carrot. But have you ever tried them roasted? It’s a game-changer. Chop and toss with olive oil, a bit of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. You’ll love the savory and sweet combination from the roasted carrots and spices. Packed with Vitamin A, biotin and fiber, carrots are a delicious nutrient powerhouse.</p> <p><strong>Caramelized onions:</strong> Onions of all kinds and preparations can give a big flavor boost to your dish, but caramelized onions are a personal favorite. The low, slow cooking method brings out all the naturally-available sweetness and it’s the perfect topping for just about anything. In addition to their unmatched ability to flavor foods, onions are fantastic sources of prebiotic fibers, polyphenols and sulfur-containing compounds that may help prevent blood clots and lower blood cholesterol levels.</p> <p><strong>Tomatoes:</strong> Fresh, in-season tomatoes are tough to beat for their sweet flavor and juiciness. In addition to being a great snack and welcome addition to salads, soups, sauces and more, tomatoes are a great source of fiber, potassium, and Vitamins A, C, and K. The Beta-carotene and lycopene in tomatoes may help protect skin against sun damage. Good thing tomato season is in the summer!</p> <p><strong>Avocados:</strong> Who doesn’t love a zesty, creamy guacamole? Avocados are enjoying a bit of a moment in the foodie world and those of us who follow nutrition are not at all disappointed! In addition to being packed with fiber and heart-healthy fats, the carotenoids in avocados may help protect your eyes against macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of age-related vision loss.</p> <p><strong>Lemons:</strong> Their tart, acidic flavor brightens soups, chicken, fish, tea, water, salads and just about anything else. Not only are lemons fantastic flavor enhancers, some studies show they may have anticancer benefits, prevent kidney stones and aid digestion.</p> <p><strong>Eggs:</strong> Eggs got a bad rap in the ‘80s and ‘90s because the yolks have a significant amount of cholesterol, but now we know eating cholesterol in foods doesn’t have as big of an effect on blood cholesterol levels as saturated and trans fat intake or fiber intake. Eggs are a great source of protein, healthy fats, Vitamin D, choline and iron. They’re also incredibly versatile, easy to make and fantastic for mixing with vegetables to get more produce in your day.</p> <p><strong>Roasted nuts: </strong>Roasting and lightly salting nuts brings out such amazing flavor! Adding nuts to salads, breads, snack mixes and more brings a delicious crunch that’s packed with nutrients. Studies suggest that eating nuts reduces incidence of coronary heart disease, gallstones, hypertension, cancer and inflammation.</p> <p><strong>Salmon: </strong>Grilled salmon is tender and meaty with none of the strong fishy flavor that other seafood can bring. Try it with capers and lemon. You will not be disappointed! It’s no secret salmon is packed with heart-healthy fats, protein and Vitamin D. But did you know that those same heart-healthy fats may also help improve mood and joint health? Eating healthy fats in seafood (like salmon) is associated with decreased risk of depression, decreased risk of hostility in some studies of teenagers and decreased risk of cognitive decline in older persons.</p> <p>These are just a few examples of how tasty food can improve health, but there are so many more! Here’s my National Nutrition Month challenge to you: Instead of focusing on foods you think you should eat less of, think about how you can improve your health by eating MORE of the things you love.</p> <p>And next time someone says all healthy food tastes bad, you’ll know exactly how to make the case that food is your friend in improving health!</p> <p><em>Claire Walsh, MS, RD, LD, CHC is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.</em></p> </div> Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:45:21 +0000 Claire Walsh - MS RD LD CHC 21341 at https://kansascityymca.org Future of Downtown KCK Community Center https://kansascityymca.org/blog/future-downtown-kck-community-center <span>Future of Downtown KCK Community Center</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>March 20, 2019</span> <div><p><em>A joint statement from Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (UG) and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City:</em></p> <p>The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (UG) and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City continue to explore ways to partner to deliver YMCA programs and services in Kansas City, Kansas. At this time, discussions to build a new YMCA in downtown KCK in partnership with the Unified Government have ended and the focus has turned to identifying opportunities and existing locations where YMCA programs could be offered.</p> <p>Over the past six years, the YMCA and the Unified Government explored multiple options to build a new YMCA community center in downtown. The original plan called for a grocery store to be paired with a YMCA at another downtown location, but because of challenges to fund construction and operations of the facility, at this time there is not an option to build a new downtown YMCA that would be sustainable into the future.</p> <p>The YMCA continues to serve KCK and Wyandotte County through the Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center, the Bonner Springs Family YMCA, and through programming at community sites in the downtown area. Also, the Unified Government and YMCA are looking at opportunities to provide YMCA nationally recognized programs at other locations in KCK.</p> <p>The YMCA is grateful to the Unified Government for their support over the years. In 2013, after the YMCA announced declining membership would require the 8th Street Family YMCA to close, the Unified Government Commission agreed to subsidize YMCA operations until enrollment could be increased. Enrollment increased and the Unified Government ended its subsidy.</p> <p>However, in March of 2018, the 105-year-old building showed signs of deterioration. Based on a structural engineer’s report, the 8th Street Family YMCA had to permanently close because of the deterioration and the concern this created for the safety of associates, members, and the community.</p> <p>“We are grateful for the long history of service to our community provided by the YMCA,” said Mayor David Alvey. “The YMCA holds a special place in the hearts of many of our residents and we regret that we could not arrive at a sustainable model for a new facility. We have not closed the book on a new YMCA in future years, but we have closed a chapter in the book.”</p> <p>The YMCA remains committed to KCK. “The YMCA is more than just a building, it’s a community of supporters, volunteers, and associates,” said John Mikos, interim CEO. “While we continue our long history of service in KCK through our Providence YMCA, and we also look forward to finding ways to add programs in downtown KCK.”</p> <p>The Unified Government and the YMCA together thank the public for their patience throughout this conversation. We look forward to working together to improve the health of all members of the community.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 23:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21346 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y's New Americans Welcome Center: A Beacon of Hope for Kansas City's Immigrants https://kansascityymca.org/blog/ys-new-americans-welcome-center-beacon-hope-kansas-citys-immigrants <span>The Y&#039;s New Americans Welcome Center: A Beacon of Hope for Kansas City&#039;s Immigrants</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>March 20, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-03/41927476_2146185442263194_3916709496176508928_o.jpg?itok=2WRrz6xY" width="500" height="375" alt="New Americans Welcome Center at North Kansas City YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City became one of fifteen NAWCs across the country with the grand opening at the North Kansas City YMCA in January 2018.</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><h4>Community Luncheon Supporting the New Americans Welcome Center</h4> <p><strong>Join us to learn how the North Kansas City YMCA NAWC is helping strengthen our community in the Northland.</strong></p> <p><strong>Friday, May 10, 2019<br /> 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.</strong></p> <p><strong>North Kansas City YMCA<br /> 1999 Iron Street <br /> North Kansas City, MO 64116</strong></p> <h3>REACHING OUR POTENTIAL TOGETHER</h3> <p>We believe the strength and cohesiveness of our communities is linked to the overall prosperity of the nation. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, it is more important than ever to foster an environment that encourages immigrant integration and community cohesion. </p> <p>The YMCA’s NAWCs are designed to help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. NAWCs accomplish this through a combination of integration services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents.</p> <p>The North Kansas City YMCA's NAWC has organized more than 20 regional bridge-building and welcoming week events and had more than 50 graduates complete its English as a Second Language program, helping immigrants pursue their dreams of becoming American citizens and promoting inclusion, dignity and equality.</p> <p>Immigrants make up seven percent of the population in the Kansas City metro area and the Y is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to programs and opportunities to increase their well-being. Join us on Friday, May 10 at the North Kansas City YMCA to learn more about the Y’s NAWC and hear from a student in the English as a Second Language program who will share their journey.</p> <p>Event Agenda:</p> <p>11:30 a.m. to noon - Networking<br /> 12:05 p.m. -  Welcome<br /> 12:10 p.m. - ESL student testimonial<br /> 12:20 p.m. - Presentation: NAWC's impact in the community<br /> 12:35 p.m. -  Keynote speaker<br /> 12:45 p.m. - Closing remarks</p> <p>For more event information or to purchase tickets, <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/nkc-ymca-new-american-welcome-luncheon/31162">click here</a> or call 816.300.0531.</p> </div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--gallery paragraph--view-mode--default"> <h2>Strengthening our Community </h2> <div class="row center"> <div class="description twelve columns"><p>The Y's New Americans Welcome Center: A beacon of hope for Kansas City's immigrants</p> </div> </div> <div class="carousel"> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/34718418_2062372657311140_7801563919998255104_n.jpg?h=abf330e0&amp;itok=ahLfHBXH 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-03/34718418_2062372657311140_7801563919998255104_n.jpg?h=abf330e0&amp;itok=0xo3oV2r 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/34718418_2062372657311140_7801563919998255104_n.jpg?h=abf330e0&amp;itok=ahLfHBXH 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/34718418_2062372657311140_7801563919998255104_n.jpg?h=abf330e0&amp;itok=ahLfHBXH 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source 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<figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=Te_VTBt2 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=D3QFte_E 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=Te_VTBt2 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=Te_VTBt2 2x" media="all and (min-width:601px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=7H1bOIxK 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=D3QFte_E 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile_2x/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=nyyBLwc5 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_mobile/public/images/2019-03/castillo_3.jpg?h=808f923c&amp;itok=7H1bOIxK" alt="New Americans Welcome Center North Kansas City YMCA" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>New Americans Welcome Centers build communities that are cohesive, revitalized, inclusive, globally connected and secure. </figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/castillo_2.jpg?h=9cbe90f5&amp;itok=j-rDCx0- 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source 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instructor Robert Castillo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </figure> <figcaption>Opportunities at the Y&#039;s New Americans Welcome Centers include English as a Second Language and English Conversation classes, Computer Literacy and Adult Literacy Education.</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><div class="media media-image view-mode-prgf-gallery"> <figure> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/df74f072-c4b7-43b1-a7dd-4b2e31a5e111.jpeg?h=1b0ba4ba&amp;itok=vJ6ZmRb6 1x" media="all and (min-width:900px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_gallery_tablet/public/images/2019-03/df74f072-c4b7-43b1-a7dd-4b2e31a5e111.jpeg?h=1b0ba4ba&amp;itok=tTLcN7M1 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/prgf_gallery/public/images/2019-03/df74f072-c4b7-43b1-a7dd-4b2e31a5e111.jpeg?h=1b0ba4ba&amp;itok=vJ6ZmRb6 1.5x, 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Castillo won the Membership and Program Award at the Spirit of Service event.</figcaption> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:12:04 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21326 at https://kansascityymca.org Y Members and Participants Receive Sporting Network Benefits https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-members-and-participants-receive-sporting-network-benefits <span>Y Members and Participants Receive Sporting Network Benefits </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>March 7, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-03/sporting-club-network.jpg?itok=jWnUb_Ya" width="383" height="440" alt="Sporting Club Network" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">The Y is happy to be a part of the Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper. The partnership creates more opportunities for kids to get involved with soccer, and gives Y members and program participants access to exclusive, unique experiences with Sporting Kansas City.</p> <p dir="ltr">Benefits for Y families include:</p> <ul dir="ltr"><li><a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/eptceb/ud30fd/uhukgk">Discounted tickets</a> to select Sporting KC games</li> <li>Access to the <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/eptceb/ud30fd/aavkgk">Sporting Club Network calendar</a>, which includes open trainings, Chalk Talks, coaching clinics and more</li> <li>Exclusive access to Sporting Club facilities and players</li> <li>Special contests and prizes</li> <li><a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/eptceb/ud30fd/q2vkgk">Spring Break</a> and <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/eptceb/ud30fd/6uwkgk">Summer Camps</a></li> </ul><p dir="ltr">Explore the <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/eptceb/ud30fd/mnxkgk">Sporting Club Network website</a> to learn more about the many perks that Y families receive from this partnership.</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information on Sporting Kansas City Youth Soccer and programs, visit <a href="http://sportingkcyouth.com/">sportingkcyouth.com</a> and follow them on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/sportingkcyouth">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/sportingkcyouth">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.instagram.com/sportingkcyouth">Instagram</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information on the YMCA of Greater Kansas City sports, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/sports">KansasCityYMCA.org/Sports</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 21:44:30 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 21176 at https://kansascityymca.org Inclement Weather Updates https://kansascityymca.org/blog/inclement-weather-updates <span>Inclement Weather Updates</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>March 4, 2019</span> <div class="article-hero"><div class="media media-image view-mode-node-blog"> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/InclementWeatherInformation.jpg?itok=Ea7GUqOw" width="500" height="500" alt="YMCA Inclement Weather" title="YMCA Inclement Weather" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Y programs and locations are operating at their normal schedules. Check back here at<a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/weather"> KansasCityYMCA.org/Weather</a> for the latest updates.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 01:45:31 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 10301 at https://kansascityymca.org