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YMCA Calgary Update

Like many organizations, YMCA Calgary is adjusting its activities due to the flood emergency.

Read our latest updates:

June 24th – YMCA Calgary Update


The Latest News at YMCA in South Health Campus

YMCA in South Health Campus (SHC) is nearing its 5-month anniversary and things at the new location are really starting to take shape. Members and volunteers are joining us from the surrounding communities, departments within the hospital, and even from other branches. We are so pleased with the response and the way that we’ve been embraced in the SE Communities of Calgary.

As this new location continues to evolve, there are some exciting activities happening. We encourage you to join us and get involved. Some things to watch for:

1) Spin for Strong Kids: March 4.
Join us at SHC any time between 11am and 7pm to kick off YMCA Calgary’s Annual Strong Kids Fundraising Campaign. The Annual Campaign supports programs and opportunities for children and youth at the YMCA and enables us to provide much-needed support for those who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to participate. One out of every four children at YMCA’s are subsidized by this campaign so we need your help! Drop by the branch for more information or give us a call at 403-956-3900.

2) New Hours
Effective Monday March 18, YMCA in SHC will extend its hours to better accommodate members who need early morning/evening access. Hours will be:

Mon – Fri:
5:30am – 10:30pm
Weekends / Holidays:
7:00am – 8:30pm
*Workout areas close half an hour before facility closes

YMCA is proud to partner with Alberta Health Services at our new location and invites you to join in the fun. Stay tuned for more updates on programming and exciting activities happening at YMCA in SHC as we continue to build healthy communities.


The Latest News at YMCA in South Health Campus

YMCA in South Health Campus (SHC) is nearing its 5-month anniversary and things at the new location are really starting to take shape. Members and volunteers are joining us from the surrounding communities, departments within the hospital, and even from other branches. We are so pleased with the response and the way that we’ve been embraced in the SE Communities of Calgary.

As this new location continues to evolve, there are some exciting activities happening. We encourage you to join us and get involved. Some things to watch for:

1) Spin for Strong Kids: March 4.
Join us at SHC any time between 11am and 7pm to kick off YMCA Calgary’s Annual Strong Kids Fundraising Campaign. The Annual Campaign supports programs and opportunities for children and youth at the YMCA and enables us to provide much-needed support for those who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to participate. One out of every four children at YMCA’s are subsidized by this campaign so we need your help! Drop by the branch for more information or give us a call at 403-956-3900.

2) New Hours
Effective Monday March 18, YMCA in SHC will extend its hours to better accommodate members who need early morning/evening access. Hours will be:

Mon – Fri:
5:30am – 10:30pm
Weekends / Holidays:
7:00am – 8:30pm
*Workout areas close half an hour before facility closes

YMCA is proud to partner with Alberta Health Services at our new location and invites you to join in the fun. Stay tuned for more updates on programming and exciting activities happening at YMCA in SHC as we continue to build healthy communities.


YMCA on Global Sat Morning News!

YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP): Kudos to Justine Bradley & the YMAP Summer Leaders for representing YMCA Calgary so very well on Global Saturday morning news this past weekend! The youth were on television to speak about how they are putting into play the leadership and teamwork skills they have been learning over the summer.

Did you miss the show? No problem… Check out this link.

YMAP Summer Leaders on Global News

About YMAP

At YMCA, all people, regardless of race, age, gender, background or financial circumstance are welcome. Part of our commitment to helping strengthen foundation of community and providing equal access to all is working with newcomers to Canada—ensuring people have the tools and support systems in place to help them succeed.

Immigrant youth in Calgary are at greater risk of not finishing high school than other youth. YMAP is a life skills, career exploration and leadership program for high school youth with an immigrant background. It is a YMCA stay-in-school initiative for participants ages 15 to 20. Participants receive the skills they need to succeed at school, work and in their communities. YMAP participants are 20% more likely to graduate from high school than other youth in Alberta. There is no fee to participate in this program. For more information, contact the YMAP Director at 403-241-4605.


YMCA on Global Saturday Morning News

Catch the YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program) Summer Leaders on Global Saturday morning news TOMORROW at approximately 9:15am.

The youth and their coordinator will be talking about learning leadership skills and teamwork through a great summer fundraising initiative they created and instigated.


Get Social with YMCA (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

Are you using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter?

Connect with YMCA Calgary thru social media channels to get all sorts of updates on events at YMCA Calgary, cool ideas for health & fitness, fun things to do for singles & families, updates on last minute YMCA news, links to interesting wellness-related spaces and more!

  • Click here to check us out on Pinterest
  • Click here to check us out on Facebook
  • On Twitter we are @YMCA_Calgary

Tune In: YMCA will be on Global TV This Morning!

YMCA’s Rob Dickson will be on Global Telelvision this morning sometime between 8am-9am. He will be discussing YMCA Coach Approach and other initiatives offered by YMCA to help keep people on track with health & wellness.

Some of these initiatives include:

Check out all the perks of YMCA Membership. Contact any YMCA location for details.


Confessions of Our Pre-Teen Editors

In February, the YMCA students at Falconridge Elementary School collaborated to create a YMCA Newspaper! Each student took on a different section of the newspaper, sharing their thoughts on their YMCA experiences, predicting the future with homemade horoscopes, creating comic strips, and featuring their favourite YMCA student athletes.  Copies of the newspaper were sold to students and teachers at Falconridge School to raise money for Strong Kids, the YMCA fund that supports Outreach School Support programs like theirs. 

Over the next few days, we will be featuring several articles written by our student editors! Remember that this is their personal, editorial opinion. You might even get a custom horoscope 😉

 WHY KIDS UNDER 15 SHOULD NOT HAVE FACEBOOK

By Priyanka Mahey, February 2012

Kids under 15 shouldn’t have Facebook because you add people that you don’t know. And you might not know who you’re talking to.

Kids don’t need Facebook because they might learn bad things from their friends.  Also kids under 15 don’t need Facebook because they might talk to a stranger that tell you bad things and once they tell you, you’re going to ask for more advice.  If you really want Facebook you should ask your parents first! Also maybe a stranger might hack your account and all your things will be ruined. Also you shouldn’t have Facebook because you can get tracked down. Facebook is not meant for kids under the age of 13.  Facebook may let people you don’t know to call you for a fake message and may do something bad to you.

Facebook is very addicting for everyone, not just underage kids.  But kids under 15 still have to study, which means Facebook is like a very bad distraction, and you can spend a lot of time communicating with people on the Internet.  Preteens spend hours doing nothing but looking at pictures of other friends and family and commenting or sending emails to people.

If you or a friend is ever in danger on-line, tell a parent, teacher or a trustworthy adult right away!

Posted on behalf of Priyanka Mahey, YMCA Student


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