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Adult literacy programs soldier on despite steep budget cuts

Central Harlem has some of the lowest education statistics in New York. Only 20 percent of Central Harlem’s residents aged 25 and up have a college degree, according to a 2006 Department of Mental Health and Hygiene report. This is less than half the rate in Manhattan, Furthermore, 22 percent of residents have not completed high school. Organizations like the YMCA and nonprofits such as Literacy Partners are dedicated to improving those numbers and boosting adult literacy in the community. Read more…

The Bedford YMCA honors the best of Brooklyn

The Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA held its 2nd Annual “Brooklyn Honors” gala and celebration Thursday night, a fundraising event that honors Brooklynites who are making a positive contribution both in and out of the borough. This year’s event was held at the Liberty Lighthouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Award-winning journalist, Caroline Clarke served as the mistress of ceremonies. Read more…

How to live to be 100

One of the most frequent questions Leo Peimer gets asked about how he lived to be 100 years of age is, “What’s your trick?” Leo’s lifelong dedication to exercise – he joined the YMCA at the age of 17 and for many years ran six miles a day – motivated others around him to exert discipline in diet and exercise. Read more…

Senior executive of Youth and Community Engagement

Looking for a job at The YMCA of Greater New York? We are seeking a Senior Executive to be responsible for the planning, development, funding, creation, implementation, coordination, management and evaluation of the YMCA of Greater New York's programs and services that engage and inspire teens. Read more…