This summer we welcomed over 1,100 new members to the West Cook YMCA. If you're new to the Y, we're so glad to have you with us and look forward to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.
Welcome Dee Dee McDevitt, Director of Member Engagement and Services
Dee Dee has over 25 years of corporate and nonprofit brand marketing, communications, and sales expertise. She has worked 9 years for two other YMCAs in Illinois and says that she feels blessed and extremely excited to be back in the Y movement again. She looks forward to meeting the members, program members, and residents, and providing the best member engagement services possible. Stop by and say hello. Dee Dee's office is next to the Member Engagement & Services desk.
Enjoyed another safe, fun-filled summer at the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center
Squeals of laughter were heard all summer long at our Fred Hampton Aquatic Center
. More than 7,600 children and adults had a great time escaping from the summer heat while also learning how to be safe in and around the water.Our Safety Around Water program has become an annual focus and has impacted hundreds of lives. This program is supported by the Village of Maywood, YMCA of the USA Strategic Initiative Fund, USA Swimming Foundation, West Cook YMCA, and community supporters. This past summer, 251 participants learned to be safe around the water, reducing their risk of drowning and ensuring a safe summer. Since 2016, 685 individuals have learned skills for safety around water-potentially saving their life in the future.
Received Prestigious Public Health Award
This summer, the West Cook YMCA was chosen to receive the 2018 Dr. William Fitzsimmons Award, presented by the Oak Park Health Department. This award is presented each year to an organization or individual that has made Oak Park a healthier place to live. The Health Department said the YMCA was honored because of our "ongoing tailored programming to support individuals struggling with chronic disease, building strong partnerships with local health care providers, and contributing to the over-all health of this community."
The Village of Oak Park
said, "Over the past few years the West Cook YMCA has developed tailored, evidence-based programming to support individuals struggling with chronic disease. For example, the YMCA initiated a Diabetes Prevention Program
, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
that supports cancer survivors, and EnhanceFitness
, an arthritis management program. Most recently, the YMCA has kicked off a Healthy Weight and Your Child
program with the goal of empowering children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit positive change and to live a healthier lifestyle. . . . The West Cook YMCA truly exhibits an organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to create a healthier Oak Park."
William Fitzsimmons was a humanitarian and physician who served the village of Oak Park for many years. Thank you for helping the West Cook YMCA win this prestigious award through your ongoing support. We honored to be awarded and recognized for our work to make Oak Park a healthier place to live.
Closed the Achievement Gap through Power Scholars Academy
We kicked off our inaugural session of Power Scholars Academy
through unprecedented partnership between Forest Park School District 91, River Forest School District 90, and the West Cook YMCA. This five-week program is designed to help students maintain their math and reading skills all summer long and get off to a successful start when school starts in the fall.
Statistics show that a large number of children from vulnerable environments reach kindergarten unprepared and that they continue to fall behind in school without proper interventions. That "gap," known as the Achievement Gap, culminates in low high school graduation and college attainment rates, limited job prospects, and a negative economic impact for millions of youth as they enter adulthood.
The Y, a longtime leader in youth development, is working to improve the educational readiness, engagement and outcomes for the country's children, in partnership with BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life.
The goal of Power Scholars Academy is to increase students' academic success and boost self-confidence, while also engaging families in the education process. The summer learning program is designed to address summer learning loss for children in vulnerable communities and thereby enhance overall youth development, academic performance, and graduation rates.
This program was funded by River Forest School District 90, Forest Park School District 91, YMCA of the USA, John G. Symons Trust Charities, and the West Cook YMCA.