Healthy Family Home Spotlight

One of our Healthy Family Home Spotlight Families! Have you taken one of the Family Challenges?
Let’s us know about it!

Blomgren’s took the challenge to Check Priorities:

A difficult challenge to tackle. We both work full-time and our kids participate in wrestling, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, baseball, and softball. We examined our schedule and luckily wrestling has ended, first season basketball has ended, and the other sports don’t begin until March. We were able to free up two days out of the week by having only 3 of our kids continue season 2 basketball at the Y and three of the girls stopped gymnastics until summer. We decided to work on our softball and baseball skills by going to the batting cages as a family two nights a week. We enjoy cheering each other on when trying to hit the ball. Afterwards, we go home to a crockpot meal and eat as a family.

Jason & Stacy Blomgren

Family Night and Lifeguard Challenge

Come out and enjoy a fun night as a family at the Waukee YMCA! Saturday Night our Family Night will continue but with a fun event for you to watch!

The Aquatics Center will be closed during family night as we will be holding our 7th annual Lifeguard Challenge.Lifeguards from 7 branches will be competing in 3 events.

During the LG Challenge the Gyms, Raquetball Courts and Family Center will be open for you to come have fun playing as a family.We are open from 6:00-8:00pm for families to enjoy time together.

See you then!

High School Senior discovers his potential at the Waukee Y

The School-to-Work program at the Waukee High School allows seniors to explore potential careers through internships. By enrolling in this program, students are encouraged to become well-rounded. Students build relationships with community partners that would not be possible in the school building. The opportunity to learn in a real-world setting deepens understanding and maximizes the potential of the individual. During their junior year, students are encouraged to apply to be part of the School-to-Work program. An interview is held, and students are selected for the internship program beginning their senior year. Criteria for selection include an excellent attendance record, no history of discipline issues, good GPA, and strong teacher recommendations. In addition, the student will have chosen a career field he or she is interested in pursuing. These internships provide an excellent opportunity for high school seniors to test the waters of potential careers and to gain valuable real life work experience they might never get in the classroom. This will help the students learn a variety of workplace employability skills and gain confidence in their work. Waukee students have completed internships in career fields such as nursing, accounting, sports and event management, culinary arts, engineering, and architecture.
Jordan O'Daye began his School-to-Work internship at the YMCA last October. He has been involved with the planning, coordinating, supervising and evaluations of its youth sports programs. Jordan is getting to know many different positions by scorekeeping on Saturdays and facilitating clinics on Sunday afternoons. These positions require a great deal of social and interpersonal skills. He has also taken an active role in coaching a Pre/Kind Basketball clinic at the YMCA on Thursday afternoons. This also requires great skills, most of which is patience. It has been great having Jordan and is fun to watch him grow and thrive as an adult and professional through his work with us.
Jordan O’Daye says,
“Throughout my School to Work internship with the YMCA and Elite Edge, I have truly learned much more than I ever imagined. The whole point of the School to Work Program is to give students the opportunity to go into a field that they believe they would be interested in the future. Exposing them to the type of work environment they would actually be in and hopefully, helping the student to decide whether this truly is the future career they want. Interning at the YMCA and Elite Edge has done just that.

I want to be a Personal Trainer in the future, majoring in either Exercise Science or Kinesiology. The YMCA has helped me a lot when it comes to people skills, which is a huge part of being a Personal Trainer. Talking with parent's, coaches and even little kids has been an eye opener. The YMCA has given me better communication skills and really helped me with problem solving. When you're working as a Trainer problems constantly occur with clients and meeting their needs. You need the tools to communicate with them on how their workout is going to benefit them and also the skills to be able to fix a problem on the fly. Interning at the YMCA has given me the proper tools to succeed with this.

At Elite Edge I shadow a Personal Trainer all day, helping him instruct classes and making Home Workout video's is a big part of our routine. Being exposed to the Personal Trainer lifestyle has made me fall in love with it even more. I am sure this is the field I want to spend the rest of my life in. Entering the School to Work Program was one of the best decisions I've ever made and one I think any high school student should take advantage of if given the opportunity.”

Volunteers Sharing Time and Talent

Ron Sweeney and Don McCormick are avid racquetball players. Not only do they enjoy playing both recreationally and competitively, but they also enjoy educating and instructing others about the game of racquetball.
Each Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m., Ron and Don take four to eight students ranging in ages from 9 to 99 years old and teach them drills, techniques, rules, safety concerns and history of the game.
Volunteers who give their time and talent are what make the YMCA such a great place to be and Ron and Don are perfect examples of this.
If you are interested in getting some FREE lessons, stop by our service center any time to sign up or contact Joel Goetsch at with more questions. The Waukee YMCA also offers FREE experienced and beginner adult racquetball leagues for those ready for some structured competition.
Continue reading below for a short bio on Ron Sweeney and Don McCormick.
Ron Sweeney started playing racquetball in 1971 while in Germany in the Army. Back then they played with wooden racquets. After getting out of the service Ron went to Iowa State to study construction engineering and continued to play racquetball and even took a class on the sport, easy A. Ron started to play competitive racquetball in 1981, when playing at the Downtown YMCA, joined West Courts in 1983, Oakmoor in 1993 and joined the YMCA in Waukee in 2009. Ron
has played in a number of tournaments in the Des Moines area, including
Oakmoor's spring and fall tournaments and the Iowa Games in Ames; the latest was the national tournament in Minneapolis. Ron's pet peeve is players not
wearing eye guards. Ron was hit in the eye while wearing a regular pair of glasses and went to the hospital to have the glass removed from his eye. People
take a chance in losing an eye by not wearing the proper eye guards.
Ron works for MidAmerican Energy; his wife, Candy, works for Pioneer in Johnston. Ron and Candy have three boys Zach, Kyle and C.J.
Don McCormick began playing racquetball in junior high.  Thanks to a volunteer coach, Don knows the value of having a mentor in this sport.  Don is paying it forward by holding weekly clinics at the Waukee YMCA and Oakmoor.  He prefers singles, but often ends up playing doubles because, he says, "I've made too many friends in this sport to play only one at a time."  As secretary of the Iowa Racquetball Association, Don manages the Iowa Racquetball ( Facebook group and the Racquetball Junior Nationals in Iowa Facebook page ( Don was instrumental in bringing the June 25-30 Junior Nationals event to Des Moines. When he’s not on the court, Don coordinates educational campaigns at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

YPartners Update

Every Thursday night this month, our YPartners volunteer campaigners gather together to get an update on our progress and get motivated for another week spreading the great stories of the YPartners cause. We joined together at Warrior Lanes in Waukee this past week. It was a great group of volunteers enjoying the pizza and company. We all turned in our pledge cards to help the Waukee Y get to $79,837 - 53% of our goal!!

Next week, we will meet again to share stories, listen to a member speak of their Y experience and turn in some more pledge cards!

Congratulations to the Waukee Warriors High School Boys Swim Team!

The Waukee Warriors qualified in 6 events for the High School Boy’s State Meet this Saturday!
GOOD LUCK to all the Waukee Swimmers!

Medley Relay: (14th seed)
Back-Garrett Rowe
Breast- Jordan Reinard
Fly-Colin Murphy
Free- Ian Murphy
Alt: Josh Georgeff

200 Individual Medley:
Jordan Reinard (4th seed)

100 Butterfly:
Colin Murphy (23rd seed)

100 Free:
Ian Murphy (18th seed)

100 Breaststroke:
Jordan Reinard (3rd seed)

400 Free Relay: (T-22nd seed)
Ian Murphy
JT Trible
Garrett Rowe
Jordan Reinard
Alt: Jack Oberman

Recipe For Success!

YPartners Campaign has started!!The "Recipe for Success"head chefs are: Chris Pedersen - Campaign Chair Erik Kress- Executive Director

The goal of YPartners is:

To make the Y available to all, regardless of financial status. YPartners is an annual campaign that raises funds to allow every child, family or adult to be a part of the Y.
If you would like to know more or to donate, please click this link.You can also contact the Waukee Family YMCA with any questions 515-987-9996.

A Wyld Time at the Waukee Y

Wyld Life kicked off at the Waukee Family YMCA on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Wyld Life is presented by Young Life in partnership with the Y. Kids played games, sang songs, had a gospel message and broke into small groups for discussion.

Parental Engagement Challenge – Week THREE

Turn Off the TVTurning off the television can be one of the best ways to improve your time together as a family. When the seasons cooperate, take a walk in the evening or go for a bike ride together. When the days are shorter, why not designate one night a week as board game night? Family Movie Nights in front of the TV are okay too, but try not to make sitting in front of the television your only family time ritual.
Did you know???
number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5
hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500 hours
hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
kids under age 6 watch an average of about 2 hours of screen media a day, primarily TV and videos or DVDs
kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen and almost 2 additional hours on the computer (outside of schoolwork) and playing video gamesPick up a flyer today in the YMCA Family Center! Tell us about what you did when you Turned Off the Tv!   Email  Sara Roberts at