What's Happening in February at the Y


Benefits & Safety Considerations When Exercising

Did any of your new year’s resolutions include a commitment to regularly exercise? If it did, you’re not alone. Many people view the new year as an opportunity to reset habits and establish goals for the upcoming months. But the changing recommendations for safety during the pandemic may have you wondering whether exercising at the gym is right for you. 

The Austin American Statesman recently chatted with us about weighing the benefits of exercising with COVID-19 safety in mind. The Y offers many options to members who value exercising at a facility or with others in a group setting. With chlorinated pools, outdoor classes and boot camps available in addition to traditional indoor classes and machines, YMCA members enjoy a variety of fitness options to keep resolutions and turn them into lifelong healthy habits.

Here’s What’s Happening This Month at the Y


Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to focus our attention on the contributions Black people have made in the United States throughout history. 


The Austin area is rich with Black-owned services and products. Read the blog for a list, and support Black-owned businesses this Black History Month, and all year long.


The RESET Challenge begins February 7. This FREE challenge supports you in your fitness resolutions and encourages you to build healthy habits. Text RESET to 844-889-6222 and join a community moving forward to reach your goals. PLUS, each week you’ll have an opportunity to win prizes like an activity tracker smart watch, workout wireless headphones and gift cards for athletic gear.


We’re Hiring

A better us starts with you. When you work at the Y, your contributions empower young people, improve health and wellbeing, and inspire action in the community. 


At the Y, you’ll find opportunities to strengthen community while growing in your field. Check out our open roles and apply today.


Join the Century Club

Log 100 miles in the pool. Log 100 days of yoga. Or maybe 100 days of weights. Choose your activity and complete 100 visits, and you’ll be part of the Century Club!

For Youth & Family

kids playing a coordination game at camp

Spring Break & Summer Camps


The Y nurtures the potential of young people by supporting them on their growth journey through holistic programming. We offer a variety of camp programs to help meet parents’ needs. Registration for Spring Break Camp opens in February, and registration for Summer Camp opens in March.

Exclusive Benefit for Y Members: Athlete Foundry platform charts course to college athletics


If your middle- or high school athlete is looking for a path to college and beyond, consider the Athlete Foundry platform, which is free for YMCA of Austin members (A $200 value). Athlete Foundry helps students plot a course to becoming a collegiate athlete, offers pointers to secure college financial assistance and helps prepare students for life beyond sports.

Babysitting Certification

Saturday, February 12 we’re holding a 6-hour babysitting certification course. Your rising babysitter will learn not only the basic business aspects of babysitting, but also safety training, proper supervision, caregiving skills and how to respond to an ill or injured child. While CPR and AED knowledge is included in the course, it is not a CPR/AED certification. Register here.

Support Your YMCA

Order Panda Express & Benefit the Y

When you place an order for pickup or delivery at Panda Express on Thursday, February 24, 28% of sales will be donated to the YMCA of Austin! It’s easy to do and is honored at all Panda Express locations. Just apply code 905589 in the Fundraiser Code box during online checkout at order.pandaexpress.com or by using the app.


Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can buy items that YMCA of Austin needs directly from Amazon, and they’ll ship the items right to our offices? Check out the Y’s wish list for everyday items that keep the offices and programs running smoothly and efficiently. 


Thank you for supporting the YMCA of Austin!

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