What's Happening in August at the Y


Making a World of Difference

Last month a delegation of Austin Y staff and volunteers traveled to Aarhus, Denmark, for the 20th World Council of YMCAs.


Ys from around the globe gathered together to build cross-cultural understanding and to help shape the future of our organization. This year, delegates from 80+ nations attended the event online or in-person. 


Participating in the World Council was a powerful experience, with thousands of like-minded professionals and volunteers coming together united around our cause. 

photo of group at YMCA World Council

Pictured (l-r): Ishmael Behrhorst, Brian Carter, Paul Hoffman, Nichole Lopez-Riley, Jude Hickey, Kathy Kuras, William Van Pelt

This historic event also focused on the adoption of  Vision 2030. Endorsed by Y leaders around the globe, this collective strategy will help our organization create change through four pillars of impact: Community Well-being, Meaningful Work, a Sustainable Planet and a Just World. 

Here in the Austin area, we need your help shaping the future of the YMCA! You are invited to attend one of our eight Community Gatherings this month to provide input on the YMCA of Austin’s proposed 5-year strategic plan.

We’ll identify key issues challenging our community and how the Y might play an active role in addressing them. These are open house style events where you’ll have a chance to learn about the YMCA and provide input on the proposed plan. Plus, we’ll have free food and activities for the whole family.

Attend a Community Gathering Event 

YMCA of Austin Association News

Summer Bucket List Challenge Winners

National and Local Winners

Thank you to everyone who completed this year’s Summer Bucket List challenge. We had enough events and fun activities to stay busy and engaged, and you added to the fun with your own creativity. Claremont County, Ohio Y member Dottie won the national drawing of $2,000. Watch the video to see how she was surprised with the news at her regular pickleball game.

Southwest Y member Catherine W. won the local bucket list drawing. Catherine and family enjoy three months of YMCA membership, free! Congrats, Catherine!

Summer Camp Olympics Returns

First in-person celebration since 2019

More than 750 Y kids from 15 summer day camps celebrated Camp Olympics Friday, July 29, at AISD Toney Burger Center, marking the first in-person gathering since 2019. In the week leading up to the event, kids studied the history and culture of their adopted country, then created banners, flags, costumes and other decorations to represent each nation before having fun with a variety of water-based field games. Special thanks to Raising Cane’s for providing lunch to all the campers as well as Verizon for bringing out volunteers to help run the day’s activities. View the full photo album.

photo of kids waving flags

photo of kids furling a sheet

photo of men and women holding up a number one sign


Hays Communities Y Celebrates 15th Birthday

City of Buda Proclamation & Community Birthday Party


The Hays Communities YMCA celebrated its 15th anniversary with a community birthday party that drew hundreds on Saturday, July 30, along with a proclamation from the City of Buda recognizing the Y’s local impact.

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photo of men and women smiling


Fall Youth Sports

Enroll your child in YMCA youth sports this fall. Y sports programs encourage healthy kids and connected families with a focus on cooperation over rivalry, participation over winning, and skill development. Kids can play Volleyball and Soccer, and games begin in September. Registration closes August 21 for the fall season. Sign up today!

youth volleyball match

youth soccer game


Back-to-School Events

Kids return to school this month, and the Y has back-to-school events to close out the summer. This Friday, August 5 from 5:30 - 10:00 PM, North Austin Y hosts a free block party and outdoor movie night. We’ll have music, food and games. 

And Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, East Communities Y celebrates back-to-school with an extravaganza of music, food, backpacks and school supplies. 

Both events are free and open to the public. Be sure to RSVP.

RSVP for North Austin Back-to-School Block Party

RSVP for East Communities Back-to-School Extravaganza


photo of man playing in swimming pool with child

Water Safety Matters


Did you know that drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death for children under the age of five? Teaching children to swim is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. That’s why we’re conducting a fundraising campaign to support our water safety programs, ensuring that all of our neighbors have access to lifesaving skills.

And now, you have the opportunity to DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT with your gift, thanks to a $10,000 matching gift from Infineon Technologies. Thank you for investing in children’s safety through water education & swim lessons.

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