Y Happenings April 2023 Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you all the latest news and happenings from your local Meadville Family YMCA.

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Meadville Family YMCA Announces the Kickoff of Its Capital Campaign!

We at the Meadville Family YMCA would like to announce our 2023 Capital Campaign. We have hopes to raise $500,000 to support the renovation of the Downtown Meadville YMCA building for all our members. These funds will allow for needed upgrades and improvements to our facility. The project will renovate the pool area turning it into a multipurpose space for use of fitness classes, family events, and much more. We will also replace the 1960’s gymnasium floor, renovate the men’s shower area, and turn the current steam-room into a sauna.

The Campaign is structured so that members can contribute to one or more specific target areas of your choice through naming and recognition opportunities. “The generosity of our community continues to amaze us”, added Tina Carter, CEO of the Meadville Family YMCA.  We rely on the kindness of individual donors, grants, and foundations. Financial pledges have been received, but more is needed to reach our goal.

The Y is excited to partner with Ainsworth Foundation for match donations of up to $100,000. The Lang Foundation will also match your donation given to the Meadville YMCA Capital Campaign. So far, we have raised $220,000! We would like to thank all our generous donors and hope the community will continue to give to help us reach our goal. 

For complete information about this project or if you wish to donate click below!

YMCA Contact:
Tina Carter
CEO Meadville Family YMCA
[email protected]

Weight Loss Programs

Our 10-Week Weight Loss Programs will be held quarterly or every 3 months to help you stay in shape, grow on what you have learned, and maintain a lifestyle change in weight management. The Y’s Weight Loss Programs are geared to make weight loss easier in a group than going through it alone. Programs make the biggest difference when it comes to long-term success. Join us!

Spring into Fitness (April 17th – June 26th)

Summer Slim Club (July 10th – Sept 18th

Holiday Hustle (Oct 2nd – Dec 11th)

Spring into Fitness (April 17th – June 26th)

Our first session will be Spring into Fitness! During this first challenge plan on 10 weeks of hard work, fun challenges, educational classes, and did I mention fun? The whole point of joining a challenge is to take control of your health, find motivation in yourself while joining others who are searching for the same thing, and to set and reach goals. We are here to help you reach those goals!

What is included in each 10-Week Program?

  • Weekly Weigh Ins
    Mondays from 8:30AM – 3:00PM at Downtown Y Branch
    Thursdays from 5:30PM – 6:00PM at Vernon Y Branch
  • Healthy Living Education Classes
    Thursdays from 6:00PM – 6:30PM at Vernon Y Branch
  • Staff Support and Accountability


Pickleball is best described as a combination of badminton, ping-pong, and tennis. Players use a paddle that is reminiscent of ping-pong paddles but is bigger and usually made of more advanced materials.

Learn to Play Pickleball
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports right now. As of member of our Y you can take Learn to Play Pickleball to have one of our wonderful volunteers teach the basics of playing including court lines and rules, how to hold a paddle, different types of hits, serves, and more like how the scoring is completed. This is open to all members and specifically designated for beginner level players. Register by visiting Pickleball – Meadville YMCA!

Vernon Y Branch
Wednesdays & Thursdays:
11:00AM – 12:00PM

Pickleball Open Play Times
No registration is required to play Pickleball during our Y’s open play hours. Members can simply show up and play! Equipment is provided during times listed or you can bring your own. Pickleball Open Play Times are open to all members and skill levels

Vernon Y Branch
Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays:
8:00AM – 12:00PM
Wednesdays & Thursdays:
8:00AM – 11:00AM
Sundays (During Winter Months):
8:00AM – 10:00AM

Downtown Y Branch
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays:
11:00AM – 2:30PM

Veterans Program

The Meadville Y’s Veteran Pick 6 & Whole Health Program goes hand in hand. Whole Health centers around what matters to you – your values, needs, and goals. It is an approach to health care that empowers and enables YOU to take care of your health and well-being and live your life to the fullest. Whereas the Veteran Pick 6 promotes maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting involved in your local community.   

If you are a Veteran, we encourage you to register to learn more about Whole Health at the Erie VA and our Veteran Pick 6 Program at your local Meadville Family YMCA. All you have to do is be a Veteran. Call the Meadville Family YMCA to register:  814-336-2196 or 814-724-2348.

What services are included?

6 FREE Visits
Fitness Orientation
Nutritional Support
Whole Health Coaching for Healthy Living
Access to 2 Locations!

FREE Battle Buddy
Matched with a Fellow Veteran to Workout with!

VA Intro to Whole Health Course
Erie VA Medical Center Informational Course in Person or Online

Programs: Total Athlete, Youth Sports Summer Camps, and More!

Total Athlete
At the YMCA we want our young athletes in our community to get both an early start in their athletic strength and conditioning development and offer our facility and coaching for individuals who wish to maintain and improve on their peak performance during the off-season.

Training youth in their early athletic development can help them develop general qualities such as power, speed, coordination, etc., and build a solid muscular base as they learn exercise techniques and specialize in their chosen sport in college and beyond. Training sessions consist of drills followed by resistance training relative to their appropriate age group and development.

Drill Types:

  • Mobility
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Speed
  • Power

Resistance Training:

  • Exercise Demonstration and Technique Workshop
  • 6 week – Exercise Program: Upper Body and Lower Training Days
  • Free Weights, Dumbbells, Resistance bands, Specialty equipment, etc.

Youth Sports Summer Camps

Our week-long summer sports camps are a great way for youth and teens to spend their summer vacation! We have a bevy of sports camps to choose from with flexible dates and times! You can learn more or register by visiting Youth Sports Summer Camp Programming – Meadville YMCA!

Cheer and Dance Camp (June 26th – June 30th and July 31st – August 4th)
Gymnastics Camp (June 19th – June 23rd and July 17th – July 21st)
International Soccer Camp (July 10th – July 14th)
Ninja Warrior Camp (July 24th – July 28th and August 7th – August 11th)

And More!

To see all active programs simply click the link – Programs – Meadville YMCA – where you can find dates, times, and all the registration details. We are continuing to expand our Y programs that we offer to our members and non-members to better impact our community. Make sure to follow our newsletter and check out our website for any upcoming and new program additions!

  • Adaptive Sports
  • Kids Night Out 
  • Baby Sound Circle
  • Ninja Warrior
  • TaeKwonDo
  • Youth Dance Classes
  • Youth Volleyball
  • Play Space
  • Birthday Parties
  • Daddy or Mommy and Me Classes
  • Recreation Gymnastics
  • Private Gymnastics Lessons
  • Private Pilates Lessons
  • Nutritional Counseling at Both Locations!
  • Personal Training at Both Locations!

Classes: Fitness Class & Pilates Reformer Orientations and More!

We understand that walking into a fitness class can be intimidating. As a member of our Y, you receive complimentary Pilates Reformer and Fitness Class Orientations. These are designed to have you meet one-on-one or in small groups with an instructor to go over the basics of each class and familiarize yourself before attending one of our classes. This is free for members with a limit of one per class.

Fitness Class Orientation
A Fitness Class Orientation session runs approximately 20 – 30 minutes in length and will be outside of the original class time. The session will be designed to introduce a member to the format of the class, learn basic moves, familiarize a member with any equipment used in class and answer any questions members have. This will be followed with the instructor leading the members through a “mini class” to show you how a typical class will run. Register by visiting Class Orientations – Meadville YMCA!

Pilates Reformer Class Orientation
A Pilates Reformer Class Orientation session runs approximately 50 – 60 minutes in length and will be outside of the original class time. It will provide you with the basics of using the Reformer and find settings that work best for you. This will be followed with moves to help you get a feel for the Reformer and then a “mini class” with basic movements used in classes. This is for members new to Pilates or needing a refresher as it is required before attending your first Pilates Reformer Class with us at the Vernon Y. Register by visiting Class Orientations – Meadville YMCA!

And More!

To see all active classes and schedules simply click the link – Classes – Meadville YMCA – where you can find dates, times, and descriptions. We are continuing to expand our Y classes that we offer to our members and. Make sure to follow our newsletter and check out our website for any upcoming and new class additions!

Current Classes:

  • Flexibility 101
  • Multiple Sclerosis Group
  • Seniors in Motion
  • SilverSneakers® Circuit
  • SilverSneakers® Classic
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Strength Training
  • Tabata Circuit 1 and 2
  • Total Body Fitness
  • Zumba®

Current Classes With Reservations:

  • Cycling Fusion
  • Pilates Reformer
  • Butterfly Circuit

Childcare Announcements

The Meadville Family YMCA offers infant, toddler, preschool and school-age care to help your child grow and succeed. Degreed teachers lead their classrooms by focusing on important educational pillars such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. To learn more or enroll please visit Child Care – Meadville YMCA!

Upcoming April Events
April 7th – All Sites Closed for Staff Professional Development
April 9th – All Sites Closed for Easter Sunday
April 10th – CCSD & PKC Closed/Fun Day for Students at our Downtown Y Facility

Weather Changes
As our weather is changing from snowy days to rainy days, please check your child’s cubby to make sure that they have the appropriate clothing. Remember that we do go outside daily, and we want your children to be dry and warm when we do!


We Are Hiring!

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community. Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job – you’ll enjoy the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. The Meadville Family YMCA currently has several part-time and full-time positions open. Check out our Facebook page and website to see our current open positions!




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