Before and After School Kid Zone

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In the YMCA’s Before and After School program, kids participate in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve. Kids have fun, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime.

Program Hours:

Monday through Friday, on school days
Before School: 7-9 a.m.
After School: 3-6 p.m.

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Believe In Your Potential

Summer College Readiness Programs

College Readiness Programs are designed to help students in grades 9-12, and young adults under the age of 21, achieve their higher education goals.


  • Northern Illinois University & Wheaton College (Tuesday, June 19)
  • University of Saint Francis & Lewis University (Thursday, July 12)
  • University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) & DePaul University (Tuesday, August 4)

Cost Per Tour: $20 for YMCA Facility Members; $30 for Community Members

Departing Location:
Galowich Family YMCA
749 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60456

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Empowerment Day
Thursday, June 28 • 9:30-11 a.m.

Come be empowered and inspired! Participate in an informational and transformational session on higher education and get prepared to take the next step in preparing for your future. All participants will receive college readiness resources and additional capacity-building information.

Cost: FREE for YMCA Facility Members; $5 for Community Members

Galowich Family YMCA
749 Houbolt Road, Joliet IL 60431

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Fitness Fun Under the Sun

Outdoor Exercise Classes

This summer, the Y is offering weekly outdoor fitness classes that are FREE and open to the community.

This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the weather without having to skip your workout.

Yoga @ Goold Park in Morris
Mondays, 7-8 a.m. (June 4-August 6)

Address: Goold Park Drive, Morris, IL
Instructor: Linette

Zumba @ Slammers Stadium in Joliet
Mondays, 9-10 a.m. (June 4-August 6)

Address: 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet, IL
Instructor: Brittany

Pound @ Goold Park in Morris
Tuesdays, 9-10 am. (June 5-August 7)

Address: Goold Park Drive, Morris, IL
Instructor: Crystal

Zumba @ Ira Jones (adjacent to the Y) in Plainfield
Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (June 7-August 9)

Address: 15320 Wallin Drive, Plainfield, IL
Instructor: Stacy

All classes are free and open to the community. Participants must be 12 years of age or older. No registration is required. In cases of inclement weather, classes will be canceled. Please contact your local branch or check the Y’s Facebook page for cancellation announcements.

11th Annual Giving Gala Raises Nearly $140,000 in Scholarship Funds

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA raised nearly $140,000 in scholarship funds at the 11th annual Giving Gala held Feb. 24 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. The event included dinner, auction and live entertainment for 365 guests.

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been serving families, regardless of age, income or background, from throughout Will County and its surrounding areas for 90 years. Since its inception, the Giving Gala has raised more than $875,000 to benefit families within those communities, helping to ensure that no one is turned away from the Y due to the inability to pay.

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Camp Counselor in Training (CIT) Leadership Program

The summer camp environment provides a unique opportunity for youth to build leadership skills by gaining hands-on experience assisting our team of camp counselors with our younger campers. Open to registered summer day campers entering grades 7-8, the goal of the Y’s Counselor in Training (CIT) program is to teach teens leadership skills that can be used at school, home and in the community.

In order to apply to participate in the Counselor in Training Program, prospective participants must:

  • Be a registered summer day camper in grades 7-8 (fall 2018). Regular camp fees apply.
  • Submit a CIT application
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach or pastor
  • Participate in an in-person interview with our Youth and Family team

Applications and accompanying materials must be submitted by Friday, April 13.

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