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.

Shop at Macy’s and Support Campers in Need

May 1-22

For the second year in a row, Macy’s is partnering with the Y to give kids a summer camp experience. From May 1 to May 22, Macy’s shoppers may round-up purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference (up to $.99) to support the Y’s camp scholarship program that sends kids to summer camp.

The Y’s camp scholarship program helps kids, especially underserved youth, attend camp, where they are introduced to new experiences that build confidence and develop skills to help them reach their full potential. In 2017, Macy’s raised more than $975,000 for the Y camps nationwide, sending more than 8,000 kids to camp who would have been unable to attend otherwise.

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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

Register Online


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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Before and After School Kid Zone

Registration Now Underway

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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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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