Niles Buchanan YMCA

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

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Niles-Buchanan YMCA

The Niles-Buchanan YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.


July is halfway over, and you may have noticed the back-to-school section has reappeared at your local grocery store. If you're a homeschool parent looking for programming, we have the solution for you. Come out to one of our informational events for homeschool parents, or if you're ready to register, come out to our registration event. See the schedule below for details.

HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION EVENTS: Partnership families can come in to meet with the homeschool coordinator and find out what classes and programs the Y offers, as well as general information on how the partnership works at the Y.

Benton Harbor-St. Joe Y: Monday, July 24 1:00-3:00 pm

Friday, August 4 9:00am-12:00pm

Niles-Buchanan Y:          Thursday, July 27 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday, July 31 9:00am-1:00pm

*Information for BOTH Y’s will be given at all info events


HOMESCHOOL REGISTRATION EVENTS: Partnership families can come register during these days and times.  There will be open swim and open gym for families to participate in.

Benton Harbor-St. Joe Y: Monday, August 21 9:30-12:00

Niles-Buchanan Y:           Wednesday, August 23 1:00-3:00pm


*Families can register at either facility for their classes during these times (ex. If the swim class you are registering for is at St. Joe, you may register at Niles)

Interested in becoming a Y member and giving back to the community? If you join the Y during the month of March and bring in 5 canned goods, we'll give you half-off the joiner's fee!

All canned goods will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Beginning on March 1st, your Y is now every Y in Michigan!

With a YMCA membership from any Y in Michigan, you will be able to use any Y facility in the state. Simply present your key tag and a photo ID for full use of the facility. Individual program costs vary facility to facility. At the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, visiting members will have to pay $2/hour/child for childwatch. To become a program participant, visiting members will have to pay the non-member price.

Are you ready to shape up before summer? Join us for our SPRING FITNESS CHALLENGE! Our eight-week challenge will motivate you to be your best and feel confident. Come out to our Meet and Greet Weigh-In on March 1st at either 9:00 am or 5:30 pm. Can't make either of the times? Give us a call to schedule a time to weigh-in. The buy-in is $8 up front, which will go into the pot and be divided three ways at the end of the challenge:

  • Highest weight-loss percentage
  • Second highest weight-loss percentage
  • Random participation award

We can't wait to see you!

February is the month celebrating love and we want to show how much we care about our community! From February 1st to February 28th, we're running Pay the Day Membership Promotion. For this month only, if you sign up for a membership, the price of your joiner's fee is the day you join. On February 1st, you pay $1 for the joiner's fee. On February 2nd, you pay $2. On February 3rd, you pay $3, and so on. The sooner you join, the more you save!

Drop by the Y today and kickstart February!

The Boards of Directors for the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA and the Niles-Buchanan YMCA have voted to merge into one association. The two locations have been under a management agreement since June 1, 2016, with the original intent of sharing resources to best advance the YMCA’s mission of supporting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.



This winter, Speedball Fitness will be coming to the Niles-Buchanan YMCA. Speedball Fitness incorporates a medicine ball as a resistance tool to improve muscular and cardiovascular endurance. On Friday, January 20th, the creator of Speedball himself, Steve Feinberg, will come to the Y to teach a class. This class is open to anyone. 

Then on Saturday, Feinberg will host an instructor training, which is open to the public but requires registration first. Sign up to become a certified trainer here. More information can be found from our Facebook event or on the official website. Hope to see you there! 

The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is excited to host the annual Fall Festival in partnership with the Niles District Library and the Niles Noon Optimists. The festival will include many different games and events, some of which include pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin bowling, apple bobbing, story time, a bounce house, magician, a scarecrow making contest and more. Healthy snacks will be provided.


You voted, and the results are in! The 2016 'Design Our Logo' contest winner is Haley Mills, a graphic designer from LaPorte, Indiana. Her logo will be featured on the t-shirts for this year's race, as well as all the flyers and materials going out into the community. Stay tuned for our t-shirt reveal to be coming soon. 

In the meantime, race registration is now open! Click here to sign up. We're offering a 10k, 5k, or 1 Mile Fun Run! It's never to early to get registered.

Want to win a 6 month membership to the Y? Are you creative?

If you're nodding along with us, enter the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Run Logo Design Contest. We need someone to design our logo for the 35th annual race this year, and we want you! Show us what you've got.

Rules and Regulations

1) All media is acceptable. It is preferred that the design be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the format of a jpeg and pdf. Alternatively, design may be dropped off at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA either printed on 8.5X11 paper or on a disk with both jpeg and pdf formats. A maximum of 4 colors may be used. 300 pixels per inch is preferred.


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