Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)

​​For over 25 years, the CATCH platform has been proven to launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. Originators of “GO, SLOW and WHOA” food categories, CATCH is the most cost effective means of preventing childhood obesity, in an environment that’s fun and easy to sustain.

Healthy Out of School Time (HOST)

The Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative gives YMCAs a science-based framework to help create environments where youth are encouraged to eat healthier and move more. Providers across the stat bring about the specific changes their sites need to become healthier environments for their kids.

Safety Around Water (SAW)

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

YMCA Camps

Michigan YMCA camps, with their values-oriented programming and extraordinary but accessible locations, attract families from all over the Midwest. The programs offered are designed to foster healthy relationships among peers and with the environment. Parents of campers consistently report stronger friendships, decreased stress, and revitalized imaginations.

Youth In Government

High school and middle school students participate in a unique opportunity to become acting state legislators, lobbyists, lawyers and members of the press corp.   Students are challenged with many issues real legislators face in their elected offices.