Aquatic Safety­—A Y Story

“Idaho is ranked number two for drownings in the country. It’s one of the top causes of death among youth. At the Y, we teach water safety through swim lessons, specifically, our Make a Splash and RISE programs.  The Make a Splash program receives funding through grants and donations. We teach third-graders from Title I

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January 21, 2020

Rowan’s Y Story

“My son Rowan is going into second grade next year, and he’s brilliant and hilarious, and he can’t really sit still. After a rough summer last year at home with his older brothers, we wanted to enroll him in a summer program. We had three things that were important to us—physical activity, healthy snack options,

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January 21, 2020

James Bailey Selected as 2019 Vern Emery Award Winner!

PRESS RELEASE Boise, ID – The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) has awarded four individuals with awards for their years of volunteerism and service to the local Y and the community. These awards were presented at the Y’s 128th Annual Meeting on June 5 at the Grove Hotel, an event that brought people together to

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June 10, 2019

Amanda’s Story

“Over ten years ago, I found myself a single mom with two young sons. I felt powerless and alone. That’s when I found my local YMCA. Through Financial Assistance, I was able to join the Y and participate in group exercise classes while my sons were with competent, caring Y staff members in the Kid

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March 6, 2019

Debbie’s Story

In 2017, Debbie was spending five days a week in bed due to chronic pain. Through a chance conversation with Windie, Lifeguard and Safety Coordinator at the West Boise YMCA & Boise City Aquatic Center, Debbie learned that the Y has warm water pools that would be comforting for her pain. She also learned that

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March 6, 2019

Treasure Valley Family YMCA Offers Financial Assistance

For over 128 years the Treasure Valley Family YMCA has been a support for community members in need. The Y is committed to strengthening communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to have the Y experience. The Y Financial Assistance program makes this possible. Income-based financial assistance is

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January 17, 2019

YMCA anticipates beginning construction of South Meridian YMCA pool in 2019

By PATTY BOWEN pbowen@idahopress.com If all goes according to plan, Meridian will get is first indoor aquatic center by 2020. The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is in the beginning stretch of a fundraiser that would pay for the aquatic center at the South Meridian Family YMCA, 5155 S. Hillsdale Ln., Meridian. “We’re just getting started,”

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November 29, 2018

Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir Early Bird Registration

SAVE $30 off registration¹ PLUS get a $25 Camp Store Credit for your Camper! The seasons are changing in Idaho and the spirit of fall is settling in. For all of us at Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir, this provides us with a daily reminder that SUMMER IS COMING! Registration is open for the 2019 Summer Camp Season and we are

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November 13, 2018

YMCA Recognizes Local Volunteers Who Go Above and Beyond

PRESS RELEASE The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) has awarded four individuals with awards for their years of volunteerism and service to the local Y and the community. These awards were presented at the Y’s 127th Annual Meeting on June 6 at the Grove Hotel, an event that brought people together to celebrate the 174th

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June 14, 2018

Abdi’s Story

INFLUENCE TO LAST A LIFETIME Abdi’s Y journey began on the basketball court, but his heart led him to the track. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, Abdi arrived in Boise with his mother in 2010. He was a newcomer to our community with few resources and no education. Bit by bit, Abdi built a

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December 8, 2017

Mandy and Jonathan’s Story

IT SHOULDN’T HURT TO ASK By the time Mandy drove up to the West Family Y, she was out of options for herself and her son, Jonathan. The difficult life they had been sharing resulted in behavioral problems for Jonathan that made things even worse. Multiple moves, family conflict, cancer surgery, and financial gaps had

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December 8, 2017

Ed’s Story

For many, the YMCA serves as a place to access critical physical rehabilitation support. That is certainly true for Ed, a 62-year-old retired railroad engineer from South Dakota, who began a membership at the Downtown Y in 2016 in order to maintain his aquatic rehab exercise routine, a critical component in his life. One afternoon

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January 12, 2017