How Dads Got Their Day
Mothers had Mother’s Day, but Sonora Louise Smart wanted to honor her father, a Civil War vet and single dad. At the Spokane YMCA, she suggested honoring all fathers. The Y enthusiastically agreed, and hosted the first Father’s Day celebration on June 19, 1910.
Indians to Adventurers
The Y-Indian Guide program dates back to the 1920s when Harold Keltner, a YMCA executive in St. Louis, Missouri, and Joe Friday, an Ojibway Indian hunting guide, founded the program based on the guidance that a father provides his son. The program was renamed Adventure Guides and today includes sons and daughters.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
In 2011, the Y committed to becoming the nation’s healthiest childcare provider with the ambitious goal of helping to end the childhood obesity epidemic. The Y adopted a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in all youth programs. As O‘ahu’s largest out-of-school program provider, the YMCA of Honolulu builds lifelong healthy habits in thousands of youth annually.
If No Can, Still Can
There are times when the gap between hope and help is just a program away. With the support of generous donors, the YMCA of Honolulu provides more than $1 million annually in financial aid for families, youth, and other individuals who can’t afford to pay for the full cost of YMCA programs.