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New Leader for Youth, Teen & Family Programs!

Charles Gordon has accepted a position with the Greater Peoria Family YMCA as the new Director of Youth, Teen and Family Programs. He will look to develop and implement meaningful social, recreational and educational programs that will help to engage, empower and educate members of the community. Charles’ mission is to serve as a leader, […]

3 Things You Can Learn About Yourself in Group Exercise

On the journey to better health and wellness, figuring out the when, where, why and how of exercising can be a daunting task. But group exercise classes can take care of many of these variables for you. The YMCA of Middle Tennessee has put together these great reasons why YOU should try the Y’s Group […]

Central Park Pool Collaboration

Collaboration means “to work jointly with others or together…” At the Y we are committed to building partnerships and collaborating with others in an effort to build a stronger community. Our partnership with the Peoria Area Water Wizards (PAWW) includes access privileges for members of each organization to the other’s facility. During the summer months, […]

Pool Update, May 31, 2019

Progress is happening for the Y’s outdoor pool.  Unfortunately, the unrelenting rain is still causing delays. This year’s record breaking precipitation has hit Central Illinois hard. Despite this, our contractors are working hard whenever the weather allows.  The lane lines are going down, which is one of the last steps before we can start filling the […]

Pool Opening Delayed

Due to the wet spring weather, the Peoria YMCA’s pool renovation has experienced delays. Despite everyone’s hard work, the pool will be unable to open this weekend, Saturday, May 25. While there is no snow on the pool, like in the photo, there is, unfortunately, no water either. “With more rain forecasted over the next […]

Annual Scholarship Fund Sends Kids to Camp

The Peoria YMCA is committed to making the Y accessible to everyone. More than 60% of the Y’s camp participants receive some sort of financial assistance. At the Y, it is our mission to turn no one away due to an inability to pay.  This year, we hope to do more – more scholarships for more kids to experience more Camp! The […]

Share YOUR Passion

Are you passionate about working with children, specifically children ages 5-12?  If so, the Y could use your help! Our summer day camp program will serve approximately 150 youth this summer, many of whom come from at-risk environments. We are actively searching for volunteers who have a passion and skill in five particular areas (see below), […]

National Walking Day

April is Move More Month, with April 3rd being National Walking Day. Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and walking is a great way for anyone to add exercise to a daily routine. Here are a few benefits that walking provides, in case you need that extra little nudge to get moving: […]

Celebrate Read Across America Day

Across the nation, on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, children and families will be coming together to nurture a love for reading.  In celebration of Read Across America Day on March 2nd, here are some tips to help get your child interested in reading: Setup a schedule that includes daily reading. Whether it’s before bed or after getting […]


The Peoria YMCA has a renewed commitment to developing strong, effective and impactful youth and family programs. Effective January 1st, Ellen Corbin accepted a new role for our YMCA, as the Director of Youth and Family Programs. This has been an area of significant need for our Y and I am very excited to have […]

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