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Celebrating Brenda Hernandez: A Heart for Service

April 4, 2024|Categories: Blog, Community & Culture, From Our Neighborhood|

Brenda Hernandez will be wrapping up her YMCA career this month after nearly 22 years. From her work at the Northwest Family YMCA Welcome Center to her recent tenure as Donor Relations Manager in the Metro Office, Brenda has embodied the Y’s spirit of community service. During a recent conversation, Brenda shared some of the insights gleaned over two decades. We all owe it to ourselves to invest a few minutes to hear her words of wisdom.

How did you begin working for the Y?

We had moved from Del Rio, and we were hurting. My boys were young, and I remember

Texas YMCAs Form State Alliance, Name Greg Hartman as CEO

March 1, 2024|Categories: Community & Culture|

Texas YMCAs Form State Alliance, Name Greg Hartman as CEO

Workforce education, child care top of mind in planned expansion

Greg Hartman, former longtime president of the Seton Healthcare Network and more recently chief operating officer of Texas A&M University, is the first CEO for the Texas Alliance of YMCAs.

Courtesy of the Austin Business Journal

By ABJ staff

Mar 1, 2024

YMCAs in Texas are banding together to have a bigger influence on the economy, and the organization pulling them closer together is being led by a familiar face on Austin’s business scene.

Greg Hartman, former longtime president

Summer Bucket List for Austin, TX Families

May 10, 2023|Categories: Blog, Community & Culture|

Have you ever made a family bucket list? Making a bucket list and checking off items on it is a special way to create new family memories. And the best part is that you can put whatever you want on your family’s bucket list! With summer quickly approaching, take an evening to come up with your family’s unique bucket list for this summer. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Eat Somewhere New

Try a new Austin restaurant together as a family! Or pack a picnic and eat it in a local park together one summer evening. Here are some family-friendly

Summer STEM mini-camps

May 2, 2023|Categories: Community & Culture, Youth Development|

Join us at the Y for a week of brain-bending fun, perfect for ages 5-12. Each week will bring a STEM theme to life through art projects, science experiments, games and creative play. We’ll be inside and outside each day, depending on weather, and kids can bring a nut free snack and water bottle.

Game Designers

What makes a good game? Dig into some classic games to discover what elements come together to make fun happen. Working in teams or individually, you’ll learn from the master game designers and create your very own board game masterpiece!
When: June 5

Texas National Parks: Big Bend

February 28, 2023|Categories: Community & Culture|

Nothing is a more iconic Texas landmark than Big Bend National Park. Although summer months in the West Texas desert bring scorching temperatures, October-April weather provides an excellent time for Texas families to get outside. Big Bend lives up to its name with 1,252 square miles of wide open spaces. In all this land are many different elements: from canyons, rivers, and dessert, to mountains, forests, and rock formations, this vast corner of our state is one you won’t want to miss out on. While Big Bend has many different trails, we’ve compiled our favorite family-friendly trails for the next

Practical Family Goals for the New Year

January 2, 2023|Categories: Community & Culture|

New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone, and that’s ok! While traditional resolutions can get a bad rap for being too extreme or unrealistic to actually maintain, there are plenty of practical goals that families can pursue as we dive into a brand new year. Family goals are a great way to get excited about something as an entire family unit, work together to accomplish said goal, and grow in various areas of life!

You might already have some ideas of family goals you’d like to work toward this year. If you don’t, we came

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