February 9, 2024

Employee of the Year

Only one week remains of nominations. Help us honor exceptional YMCA staff! Nominate your pick for Employee of the Year by February 16th. Celebrate their dedication and impact on our community. Your nomination counts!

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  • From: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Favorite Food: That's a tough one. I'm going to say pizza. But you couldn't put something in front of me that I wouldn't like.
  • Favorite Drink: Red wine, of course.  
  • Favorite Movie: Goodfellas 
  • If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I'd usually say pink, hands down, but lately I've really been into aqua.
  • Music tells a lot about someone, what song is currently on repeat? Usually Michael Buble
  • What's your free-time look like? List three hobbies: Working out, Reading (I love historical fiction) and traveling.
  • Coolest Place you have been: So many but let's go with Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Where do you see yourself working in 5 years: 5 Years closer to retiring and continuing to see the world


  • Stacy is a dedicated Group Fitness Instructor who has been with the Y for nearly 5 years. She creates a welcoming environment for all those who take her classes. She has a dynamic personality and is dedicated to helping everyone achieve their personal wellness goals. She promotes her programs regularly and is always inviting and welcoming new members to her classes. She is personally dedicated to her own wellness and that shows in everything she does. As a full-time plus employee at OSF Stacey makes personal fitness a priority in her life. She teaches 6 classes a week for the Y and is an active participant on the Board of Directors Community Awareness Committee. She also makes it a priority to attend and participate in YMCA special events like the Summer Soiree along with several of her fitness staff colleagues.
  • We love waking up with Stacy!
  • The Y wouldn’t be the same without Stacy!


Nominate the March Employee of the Month Here!

Swim Lessons at Easterseals

Due to scheduled pool maintenance, swim lessons will not be offered at Easterseals Central Illinois in February. We won't let you be a fish out of water for too long though! Registration for March lessons is open now for children ages 6 months to 10 years old! Visit our website at the button below to learn about our level options and register!

Register Today!
Register Today!

School's Day Out

It's time for another School's Day Out! On President's Day, youth ages 5-10 will fill our Y with laughter and fun! The program will run from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Registration is currently open for this program.  


Members: $35 | Non-Members $45

February Parents' Night Out

We are not sure who is going to have more fun... The parents getting a night out or the kids who get to hang out here at the Greater Peoria Family YMCA! The night will include multiple activities, such as games, arts & crafts movies, stem projects, and gym recreation time. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are provided!

Program Details:

  • Friday, February 16th
  • 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Ages 5-12 years old
Register Today!


  • Members: $20 for the 1st child | $10 per additional child
  • Non-members: $30 per child

Swim Lessons at Easterseals

Due to scheduled pool maintenance, swim lessons will not be offered at Easterseals Central Illinois in February. We won't let you be a fish out of water for too long though! Registration for March lessons is open now for children ages 6 months to 10 years old! Visit our website at the button below to learn about our level options and register!

Register Today!

2024 YMCA Cheer Clinic

This clinic is designed to help kids in Pre-K through 5th grade to learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, develop skills, and grow a love for the sport. Participants will perform chants, jumps, basic stunts, and dance!

Clinic Times:


  • Pre K – Kindergarten

Time: 4:30-5:30 PM

  • 1st – 2nd Grade

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM


  • 3rd-5th Grade

Time: 4:30-5:30 PM


Members: $20 | Non-members $40

Tomorrow is the last chance to sign your child up! Don't miss this opportunity!

Register Today!
Register Today!

Women's Self Defense Seminar

Join the Y for a 2-hour women’s self-defense seminar on Feb 24th, 9-11 AM. Learn situational awareness, basic self-defense tailored for women, verbal de-escalation, emergency planning, and gain confidence in self-protection.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $30

Instructor Information

  • Phil Mahan
  • Current Peoria Police Officer (of 18 years)
  • Retired Military Veteran
  • Joshua Janis Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • 11 years of grappling experience.
  • Current Instructor at Fir Na Dli Jiu-Jitsu

Teen Reach

Did someone say Girl Scout Cookies? Stop by the Teen Reach Girl Scout Cookie Booth on Friday, February 16th from 5-6 p.m. and then again Saturday, February 17th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to purchase cookies from our troop here at the Y.

We're also gearing up for spring break with Teen Reach March 25th through April 8th. Stay tuned for registration information.

Register Today!
Register Today!

Toddler Story Time

Join us on Tuesdays for Toddler Story Time from 10-11 a.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m. Explore themes like cats, friendship, dinosaurs, and feelings in our February session. Open to all Greater Peoria community members.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

Snack & S.T.E.A.M. at the Y

Youth ages 7-12 can develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through Snack & S.T.E.A.M. every Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities in science, technology, art, and math, followed by a healthy snack provided by the YMCA.


Members: $20 | Non-Members $40

Register Today!
Register Today!

Dance Exploration at the Y!

Explore Dance! Learn techniques in various styles over 8 weeks. Conclude with a student-led performance. Register for an enriching dance journey!

Program Details:

  • February 2nd - March 22nd
  • For kids 6-12 years old
  • Every Friday from 6:15-7:15 p.m.


Members: $80 | Non-Members $120

Movement Discovery

Movement Discovery teaches children dance basics, explorative movement, and social skills through imaginative play and instruction, fostering rhythm, coordination, and gross motor skills in a fun, supportive environment.

Program Details:

  • February Session: 2nd-23rd
  • For kids 3-6 years old (Pre K – Kindergarten)
  • Every Friday from 4:30-5:15 p.m.


  • Members: $20 | Non-members: $40
Register Today!
Register Today!

Dance Discovery

Discover dance basics in 4 weeks! This introductory program explores various styles through games and activities. Join us for a fun dance journey!

Program Details:

  • February Session: 2nd - 23rd
  • February’s theme: Jazz.
  • For kids 6-12 years old (1st-6th Grade)
  • Every Friday from 5:15-6:15 p.m.


  • Members: $20 | Non-members: $40

Healthy Kids University is BACK!

Heathy Kids University (HKU) is a 10-week program fostering healthier habits in children (8-15) and their families through hands-on games, activities, and education. Spots still available this session.

2024 Winter Session:

  • February 6th - April 9th.
  • Every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • $20 per family
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Get Fit. Get Strong. TOGETHER.

Get fit together with our Couples Training Package! Three 1-hour sessions for $210, including a FREE consultation. YMCA/RiverPlex members save $50 in February. Offer ends Feb 29th. Sign up now!

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Gymnasium (Basketball Courts) Schedule!

Get out of the cold and onto the court! Check out our updated schedule below.

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Get Fit. Get Strong. TOGETHER.

Get fit together with our Couples Personal Training Package! Three 1-hour sessions for $210, includes a FREE consultation. This exclusive offer saves all YMCA/RiverPlex members $50 in February. Offer ends February 29th. Don't miss out, sign up today!

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Living With Diabetes

Join a Methodist College - Carle Health student and faculty led course designed to provide the information you need to improve your health while living with diabetes.

Program Details:

  • Saturday, February 10th
  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • At Greater Peoria Family YMCA


  • Free of charge

Register in person at the YMCA or call 309.692.7631

The Y’s Annual Scholarship Campaign raises money so ALL families and individuals can be members and participate in Y programs.

Your contribution to the Annual Scholarship Campaign, is 100% tax deductible and goes right to work in our very own neighborhoods!

Your support helps us meet community needs such as drowning prevention, reducing childhood obesity, preventing summer learning loss, creating confident future leaders, taking YMCA programming for youth and seniors into underserved areas, and to provide resources for children, families, and adults of all ages and backgrounds.


Click HERE to Donate & Learn More About the 2024 Campaign!

For all questions about the Annual Scholarship Campaign, please contact:

Ruthie Bertram, YMCA Director of Marketing and Development

Email: | Phone: 309-692-7631 ext. 107

Greater Peoria Family YMCA

2023 Impact Report

Discover the YMCA's impactful initiatives in our 2023 Impact Report! Explore the positive changes we've made together. Open the report now for insights and inspiration.

View Impact Report

Did you know the Peoria YMCA is a registered organization with the Caterpillar Matching Gifts Program? Our Annual Scholarship Campaign benefits tremendously from this program by helping us provide scholarships and outreach services to our community.

Thank you to our loyal donors who are current or former Caterpillar employees who utilize this resource and select the Y as their charitable organization.

To learn more about the Caterpillar Matching Gifts Program click the button below!

Caterpillar Matching Gifts Program

Additional Local Corporate Matching Programs:

  • State Farm
  • RLI
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
  • Starbucks
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Illinois Mutual
  • Gap
  • IBM

Support the YMCA through a corporate match! Check to see if your organization matches financial gifts today!

For questions about supporting the Y through corporate matching gifts, please contact: 

Ruthie Bertram

Director of Marketing & Development

309-692-7631 ext. 107

2024 RiverPlex Pool Schedule!

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RiverPlex Group Fitness Schedule