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THE VALLEY OF THE SUN YMCA’S IMPACT IS FELT EVERY DAY ACROSS ARIZONA.

At the Y, strengthening our community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. We help youth, adults, and families from all walks of life reach their goals and contribute to solutions that improve communities. We believe that goodness truly begins here at Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Achieving New Heights

Achieving New Heights

The Y Achiever’s program is just one avenue that the Valley of the Sun YMCA helps youth and young adults get started in a direction of life they might not have ever thought possible.


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Active Older Adults: Why Seniors Should be Active

Active Older Adults: Why Seniors Should be Active

Making sure that older adults get psychical activity is very important to allow their muscles to grow stronger and avoid serious conditions that deteriorate their health. At the Y, we are committed to promoted exercise among our older adults’ members to contribute to maintaining their health and wellbeing.


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Diabetes Prevention and Awareness: ¡Viva! Program

Diabetes Prevention and Awareness: ¡Viva! Program

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), November has been designated for Diabetes Awareness Month since 1975. At the Y, we are committed to improve our community’s health and well-being by offering support, guidance, resources, facilities and expertise. In 2019, we partnered with ASU to launch ¡Viva! Program in our Watts Family Maryvale YMCA.


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Valley of the Sun YMCA – Passionate, Pivotal, and Purposeful

Valley of the Sun YMCA – Passionate, Pivotal, and Purposeful

…Coach Greg led them to get a special surprise from Devin Booker himself with a personalized video revealing a $100,000 grant to Valley of the Sun. The grant will be…


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Trying Zumba at the Y!

Trying Zumba at the Y!

No matter your age, your size, your experience, Zumba Class is open to everybody at the YMCA! Once you try Zumba you won’t go back, I promise!


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The Impact of Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Drive

The Impact of Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Drive

Thanksgiving is a time to come together, celebrate community, and give thanks. During another season of giving at the Y, we continue to invite our members to support families who may not be able to afford a full Thanksgiving meal. Offering opportunities to give back to the community fills our members with a sense of pride and fulfillment. Tony, a two-time Leaders in Training participant and YMCA advocate, has claimed his biggest success is giving back to his community by participating in the Thanksgiving Basket Drive.


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Inclusion on a New Stage

Inclusion on a New Stage

At the Y, we are for all. Jordyn Pope, Director of Childcare at Northwest Valley Family YMCA, makes stand to educate her students on diversity and inclusion stating, “You may not see them [disabilities], you may not understand them, you may not know it, but everyone is a human being, and everyone has something, whether it be a learning disability, they might have autism, they might have down syndrome, they might have PTSD.”


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The Y is For All!

The Y is For All!

The Y is for all! When an opportunity arises to celebrate progress and to show our support, the Y is there. On Saturday, November 6th, 2021, we were part of the Phoenix Pride Parade organized by the City of Phoenix and their sponsors to showcase that we are proud allies to all!


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In November, YMCA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

In November, YMCA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

In November, YMCA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month


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Transforming lives though our Residence Program at the Y!

Transforming lives though our Residence Program at the Y!

…so as not to be late for the interview, but to my surprise David was waiting for me. Upon entering, I recognized him. He was at the end of the…


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Nurturing the Potential of Our Youth

Nurturing the Potential of Our Youth

The Y is for youth development and the potential of our youth. Childcare providers eagerly enter our facilities day in and day out to bring tips and program offerings that benefit the health and well-being of our youth so they can build a healthy mind, body, and spirit to realize their potential.


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Choose a Job You Love, and You Will Never have to Work a Day in your Life

Choose a Job You Love, and You Will Never have to Work a Day in your Life

Start a career at the YMCA!


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Have You Tried High Fitness Yet?

Have You Tried High Fitness Yet?

High fitness combines HIIT training with plyometric movements to get you moving and deliver a blood-pumping workout.


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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It has been celebrated every year since 1989, and it celebrates and honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States of America.


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Preparing our Youth for the Future

Preparing our Youth for the Future

Routine, structure, and creativity preparing our youth up for success and prepare youth for the future through early childhood education.


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The Power to Create Change Through Affirmation

The Power to Create Change Through Affirmation

Child Care staff create change with a daily routine has significant effects on valuing oneself and encourage others.


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Balanced Healthy Living: A Guide to a Better Life

Balanced Healthy Living: A Guide to a Better Life

When we talk about balanced healthy living, the first thing that comes to mind is eating healthy. However, its meaning goes much further.


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Embracing Yoga to Strengthen the Self

Embracing Yoga to Strengthen the Self

Yoga has been used for centuries to practice self-control, self-awareness, and self-healing. The Y offers various Yoga classes to help you be your best.


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5 Days of Action: Community Rallies to Put the Safety of Children First

5 Days of Action: Community Rallies to Put the Safety of Children First

Valley of The Sun YMCA is participating in the 5 Days of Action, June 7-11, 2021. The 5 Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. As the nation’s largest childcare provider, the YMCA believes that the health and safety of all children is a top priority.


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Valley of the Sun YMCA Offers Free Child Watch for Vaccine Appointments

Valley of the Sun YMCA Offers Free Child Watch for Vaccine Appointments

Valley of the Sun YMCA is offering free child watch in June 2021. As one of the oldest nonprofits in the state, established in 1892, the YMCA serves local communities in Maricopa County, Flagstaff, and Prescott, offering more than 250 programs and 26 social services at its statewide locations.


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Magic and Muggles

Magic and Muggles

Leap into the wizarding world at our Magic and Muggles Day Camp experience. Discover the magic of day camp when you attend day camp at the Y!


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Valley of the Sun YMCA is offering 1,000 free swim lessons May 17-21

Valley of the Sun YMCA is offering 1,000 free swim lessons May 17-21

Valley of the Sun YMCA is offering 1,000 free swim lessons May 17-21


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Youth Sports: One Team One Child

Youth Sports: One Team One Child

One Team One Child helps provide financial assistance so that no youth athletes are turned away from our Y Youth Sports Programs.


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A Letter from a Summer Day Camp Counselor

A Letter from a Summer Day Camp Counselor

Hear from one of our very own YMCA day camp counselors about their experience as they write a letter to one of their campers.


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