YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the Duneland Family YMCA

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Duneland Family YMCA is in your community to nurture the potential of every child and teen, to improve health and well-being, and to give back and provide support to our neighbors.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for empowerment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a service ethic. That's just the beginning. 

News From the Y!



Youth Development

TEEN NIGHT AT THE Y! - Starts Oct. 10th for teens in grades 7-12. On Oct. 10 enjoy the TEEN NIGHT KICK OFF PARTY - NEON BASH! Live DJ from 27 Entertainment. Music, fun & glow sticks. Wear your craziest neon clothes! Oct. 17th is SPORTS NIGHT. Play dodgeball, basketball and flag football. All those wearing the team with the most representation get the "surprise" award. Oct. 24th is CREEPS & FREAKS! Dress up for Halloween and enjoy a Spooky Scavenger Hunt. Huddle around a bonfire to hear scary stories as told by Kevin Pazour, CEO or Porter County Museum - true stories that have actually happened in Porter County. For more information, contact Sue or Emily at the Y.

FALL FESTIVAL - On Saturday, October 18th from  noon to 2:00 pm, the Duneland Family YMCA gyms will once again turn into an exciting maze of games and amusements for area youth, packed with booths and games for families to enjoy. Bring your family and friends to the FREE costume themed Fall Festival at the Y featuring hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and games provided by local businesses and more! For more info, contact Emily at (219) 926-4204.

FAMILY POT LUCK DINNER, "AROUND THE TABLE" - Sunday, October 26 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Bring a dish to share with other families. You'll have some great discussions. Mealtime is a great way to spend meaningful time with your kids and learn about their friends and interests. It's a good time for talking and listening to what your kids have to say and lovingly reinforcing good family values. Engaging in conversations with other families can show how to open new avenues of communication in your own family. EMPOWER Porter County and the Duneland Family YMCA are partnering to provide this great opportunity. FREE TO DUNELAND FAMILIES. Please call 926-4204 to RSVP.

YOUTH SPECIAL NEEDS SPORTS PROGRAMS - Youth Special Needs Basketball for boys and girls ages 7-12 starts Saturday, October 25th at noon. Registration is now open. This program meets every Saturday through November 22. There will be skills sessions as part of the one hour game. Optional skills sessions also offered each week on Wednesdays from 3-5 pm. Designed to give kids with special needs an opportunity to get physical exercise and have a positive social experience through sports. Program participants will work on developing coordination and teamwork skills through the use of "Buddies". Program cost is $25 for all participants; jersey fee is $15. For more information, call Rick Lewis or Paul Jones at the Y.

YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN - Youth Fall Basketball League starts on Saturday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. 3-9 Year olds practice on Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday and have a game on Saturday. 10-12 year olds practice on Tuesday and have a game on Thursday. Cost is $40 for members; $80 for non-members. Multiple child discounts and financial assistance is available. Call Paul Jones for more information.

AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE AT LIBERTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL starts on October 6th providing a safe environment for intermediate school students to engage in educational, recreational, cultural and social activities after school. Program offers homework assistance, academic enrichment, tutoring, reading/literacy, sports, art, community service, leadership development and cultural enrichment with a high staff to student ratio. Registration forms available at the Y Front Desk, the Y Early Childhood Development Program at CMS Entrance #8 or online at www.dunelandymca.org. For more information, call Sue McLaughlin at 926-4204.

LIV TRU/DUNELAND Y AFTER SCHOOL MENTORING FOR GRADES 7 & 8 - The Y is partnering with PATH to provide LIV TRU, an amazing program to form friendships and plan for your future. Find ways to recognize and embrace your value, your potential and your community. Program meets weekly on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. starting on September 29th. NO COST TO ATTEND! For more information, contact Sue McLaughlin, 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Healthy Living

SUNDAY YOGA CLASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR OCTOBER 19 & OCTOBER 26.

WELCOME DANIELLE KARCZEWSKI, NEW ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR! Danielle has been a professional ballroom and Latin dance teacher for five years, and is a certified Zumba instructor. She owns Dimensions School of Social Dance in downtown Chesterton. Danielle is a great believer that anyone can use dance to change their lives. Her fitness journey includes a nearly 60 lb. weight loss! Danielle's class meets on Thursday at 9am in the Fitness Room.

COMMUNITY NURSE - On Friday, October 10, the Community Wellness Nurse will conduct bone density screenings from 8:00 a.m. until noon. On Wednesday, October 15, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings from 8:00 a.m. until noon. On Tuesday, October 28, the Community Wellness Nurse will conduct total cholesterol and blood sugar screenings (12 hour fasting required) from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. All screenings take place in the Y Senior Center.

TRIFECTA CHALLENGE - OBSTACLE RACE TRAINING - We're challenging YOU to complete ALL OF THIS! 1, 2 & 3 full circuits on 3 separate days within one month. One circuit includes 8 laps which equals 1+ miles & 12 obstacles. You must complete each obstacle, or if you fail, you must complete a 30 full burpee penalty before you move on. Complete the challenge in 50 minutes during classes on Tuesday & Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:00pm. Results must be recorded on-site by instructor. DO IT ALL & RECEIVE 1 MONTH FREE Y MEMBERSHIP & BONUS PRIZE! Contact Nick Wiseman for more information at 219-841-2925 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PILATES REFORMER PERSONAL TRAINING - Great for core stretching and strengthening, for advanced athletes or rehabilitation, Reformer training focuses on strengthening muscles that help you maintain a symmetrical and revitalized body. Relieves fatigue and stress without unwanted joint stress. Helps correct poor posture, spinal and pelvic alignment, improves breathing patterns and promotes better mind-body coordination while working all major muscle groups. Five sessions with instructor Ashley Hall for $125, get sixth session free. Contact Ashley at the Y, 926-4204, cell (210) 841-2496 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

POWER FUSION YOGA - A vigorous 30 minute dynamic full body Yoga workout followed by 30 minutes of slow, easy, flexible poses to lengthen & strengthen. Meets at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in the Community Room with Instructor Chris Brandt.

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Social Responsibility

SENIOR CENTER - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. SEPTEMBER EVENTS: Thursday, September 25 @ 9:00 a.m. - Fair Oaks Farm trip - for details contact Nancy in the Senior Center. Monday, September 29 @ 11:45 a.m. - Book Review - lunch provided by Dunkin Donuts - Chesterton. OCTOBER EVENTS: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. OCTOBER EVENTS: Monday, October 6, 13, & 27 @ 11:45 a.m. - Movies & Popcorn -bring a lunch. Wednesday, October 15 @ 11:45 a.m. - Craft day - Halloween Decorations. Bring your lunch. Thursday, October 16 @ noon - Senior Potluck Luncheon (bring a dish to share). Topic - Fall Prevention - by Home Helpers. Monday, October 20 @ 11:45 a.m. - Book Review - lunch provided by Dairy Queen - Indian Boundary, Chesterton. Friday, October 31 @ 11:45 a.m. - Halloween Bingo Costume Party! Bring a Senior Friend

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Every Friday night 6:00-9:30 PM, Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Please call the Y by noon on Thursday to ensure proper staffing levels, 926-4204.

Your Duneland Family YMCA Story - The Y is interested in your Y story. YOU MATTER TO US! We'd like to create "story boards" to display within our facility to help create friendships and a better understanding of our cause. If you have an interesting or compelling story to tell about a positive experience or program at the Duneland Y and are willing to share it with others, please contact Jane Delligatti at 926-4204.



The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.