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Gutierrez named East Boston YMCA’s new executive director

YMCA of Greater New York's Ann-Margaret Gutierrez will fill the role of executive director of the East Boston YMCA. “My career at the YMCA of Greater New York has given me the opportunity to conduct life changing work,” says Gutierrez. “I am ready for the next challenge that will allow me to continue doing work that helps staff and youth reach their fullest potential while providing opportunities for me to grow.” Read more…

Revelers kicked up their heels at YMCA’s Dine ‘N Dance at Hilton

Nicotra's Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn provided the perfect backdrop for the YMCA's Dine 'N Dance event March 13, where more than 250 revelers partied heartily for the age old organization whose mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Proceeds from the evening will help support local children and families by providing them with free youth memberships and scholarship funds for YMCA programs such a summer day camp. Read more…

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, American Express announce major commitment to increase volun

As part of the Interior Department’s bold youth initiative to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced a new $5-million commitment from American Express to help the Department reach its goal of one million volunteers on public lands annually. In partnership with the YMCA of the USA, the funding from American Express will create community coordinator positions in 50 U.S. cities to increase awareness, support and participation in outdoor programs. In New York City, two years of funding is provided to the YMCA of Greater New York to help coordinate efforts, facilitate collaboration, grow resources, and increase participation in outdoor programs on all public lands – from local parks to federal lands and waters. Read more…

Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics 2015

Recently, the Staten Island Senior Olympics was renamed to the Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics in honor of the events founder, Beatrice Victor. She gave some advice to participants for the upcoming game. She advises to start prepping for the October 11 - 16, 2015 games now! "If you have been eating too much and letting those muscles grow soft, it's time to get going now. Use your senior centers, the parks, the JCC and the YMCA to get your bodies in condition and learn [if you don't already know how] to play the games." Read more…

Mother-son program is set

The Flushing YMCA Beacon at JHS 189, 144-80 Barclay Ave., Flushing, is hosting a mother-son family event on Saturday, March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. The event will start with moms and sons playing table tennis followed by a lunch catered by Blink’s Deli of Long Island City from noon to 1 p.m. Then NYC Healthy Relationships Academy will provide separate workshops for parents and youth on teen dating and healthy relationships. Read more…

A volunteer and on the team

Ellen Appleby started her relationship at the Vanderbilt YMCA when she joined for the gym. Once she became a regular, Appleby she joined the Quality Assurance Committee. After spending time on the committee, she wanted to help spread the word about all the Y had to offer. Now, she helps develop classes and workshops for TAG School students. Recently, she taught a group of 5-8 year olds to use geometric shapes to draw animals. Read more…

A casualty of a frigid New York winter: outdoor school recess

The Y supports eight city schools, free of charge, to promote and manage recess. Recently, due to the winter weather and icy conditions, the program at P.S. 126 had to hold recces indoors for about 40 days. Students were encouraged to use their imaginations while they went on a "nature walk" and became part of the landscape. The students used tree and plank yoga poses to represent mountains and grass. Read more…

Ask Well

Tai chi has many benefits including improved balance, leg strength, cardiovascular endurance, pulse rate, muscular flexibility, immune system response, sleep habits, happiness, sense of self-worth and ability to concentrate and multitask during cognitive tests. The gentle combination of martial arts; deep, diaphragmatic breathing and flowing; and dancelike poses is a great workout for all ages. For more information, check out a Y near you! Read more…

Shorefront Y holds disaster preparedness program

Brooklyn residents attended a citizen preparedness training program with the National Guard Monday morning at the Shorefront YMCA in Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach was a community hit hard during Superstorm Sandy. Many in the area say they have not fully recovered from the impact of the storm. The program aims to give residents the tools and resources to be ready for any type of disaster. Read more…