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Youth learn new skills, make new friends, develop essential character traits, and set individual and team goals. This improves self-confidence, promotes diversity, increases self-esteem, and improves physical condition. The positive time with family and friends in this environment strengthens our communities. Youth Sports puts emphasis on healthy relationships between adults and youth as well as family, with a goal to build social skills and sport skills with all participants for the future.… Read More


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We’ve created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community. … Read More


Valley of the Sun YMCA today announced that all 16 of its branches will be offering free child watch services, up to four hours from 8 a.m. to 8 pm., on Election Day so busy parents and caregivers can have a safe and fun place for their kids to play while voting on Tuesday, November 8. The child watch offering, called Zoe’s Kids Day Out, is open to members and non-members. Children of all ages are welcome, but must be potty-trained.… Read More


Fall family fun! Enjoy two-hour interactive, hands-on carving experience with Ray Villafane. Ray’s hobby of pumpkin sculpting was brought to an entirely new level in 2007 when he was contacted by High Noon Entertainment and asked to participate in the Food Network’s Challenge Show, Outrageous Pumpkins. Ray competed as one of four professional pumpkin sculptors, impressed the judges enough to sweep all three rounds and was awarded the Grand Prize. … Read More


It’s that time of the year again, when the kids go back to school and the family’s weekly schedule is jam-packed with activities. The Valley of the Sun YMCA is focused on encouraging healthy living, and with that in mind, here are some ideas that can help you make your family’s midday meals a success. … Read More


Are you looking for something fun to do with your family over the weekend? Look no further than your local YMCA! We’re making Saturdays super this fall with fun family events featuring interactive activities, new fitness classes, free child care and much, much more. … Read More


Our summer camp season may be behind us, but the friendships and the memories that the campers made will last forever. Earlier this month, we asked some of our camp participants to make artwork highlighting the favorite part about their experience. What we received was nothing short of amazing.… Read More


The school year is upon us, and as children and teens begin to their journey back to the classroom, some may be more excited than others. How can you make sure that your family is ready for this next chapter? The Valley of the Sun YMCA has some tips on how you can make the transition easier for every member of your family.… Read More


At Y camp, when children make new friends, explore the world around them, and learn that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”, magic happens as we see it firsthand every day.

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The Valley of the Sun YMCA is honored to be one of the fourteen nonprofit organizations located throughout the Arizona and Four Corners area to receive more than $1.2 million in STEM-supported grants from the APS Foundation. This grant supports science, technology, engineering and math, as well as other educational programs.… Read More