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Erika Wood

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Erika Wood is the Executive Director of the YMCA Safe ‘n Sound. Contact her at ewood@ymcachicago.org.

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The Y – We are not just a gym, be part of something bigger

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The Y – Family time matters

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The Y – Connecting as a community

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The Y – Family adventure awaits

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The Y – The Y’s commitment to strengthen community

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The Y – Engage at every age

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The Y – Awaken Summer Imagination at Annual Healthy Kids Day

On Sat., April 27, the Naperville YMCAs are holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active...

The Y – YMCA programs focus on character development

I hope we can all agree that we want to support and raise good kids who flourish and become our leaders for tomorrow. To...

The Y – Rethink and Reframe Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while...

The Y – After-school programs: a valuable support to kids and families

Every parent knows how important school is to the growth of their child, and we are very fortunate to live in a community with...

The Y – YMCA is developing tomorrow’s leaders

The YMCA achieves its mission one person at a time. The greatest source of energy for the YMCA is our staff. Our staff contributes...

The Y – Time to ‘waterproof’ Naperville kids through YMCA Swim Programs

As the season turns to summer, the Naperville YMCA encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety...

The Y – Naperville YMCA celebrates annual Healthy Kids Day

On Sat., April 21, the Naperville YMCAs are holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active...

The Y – Winter Olympics

I enjoy watching the Olympic Games and am amazed at the great athletic talent which exists amongst the Olympians. The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter...

The Y – Spread and share kindness

The holidays are my favorite time of the year. It’s wonderful to see all the city streets aglow with the holiday lights, and feeling...

The Y – After school at the Y

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests....

The Y – 173 years of the YMCA

Recently the YMCA in the United States celebrated its 173rd Anniversary. Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. We are...

The Y – Naperville kids get ready for summer

As the season turns from winter to spring, the Naperville YMCAs encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also...

The Y – YMCA Summer Camp helps youth experience best summers ever

The Naperville YMCAs are offering Summer Day Camps to give kids an adventurous, active and healthy summer—one that will surely be described as “the...

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