Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2016

In 1971, the US Congress declared August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. This was at the request of Bella Abzug, a renowned lawyer who was an activist in the Women’s Rights Movement in the 1970’s. The fight for equal voting rights for women started in

National Banana Split Day

August 25, 2016

August 25th is recognized as National Banana Split Day every year. Why? Because why not? A delicious massive dessert like this needs a day for everyone to appreciate it! We at the Y have compiled a couple of banana split-esque recipes that you just HAVE to try in celebration of today! Banana Split Cheesecake  2 1/2

National Waffle Day

August 24, 2016

Today is National Waffle Day! Waffles are arguably the best breakfast item. They’re so good that people decided french fries would taste better in waffle form-and they were right. Fun fact: The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.  In honor of

Meet Lenny

August 22, 2016

For Seniors like Lenny, the Y isn’t just a place to workout, it’s a second family.

National Senior Citizen’s Day

August 21, 2016

On August 19th, 1988, a proclamation was made by the then-president Reagan that deemed August 21st as a national day to give older US citizens thanks and a heartfelt salute. We appreciate our senior citizen’s at the Y; they sustained the world we walk through today.  We have programs here at the Y tailored just for

World Humanitarian Day

August 19, 2016

World Humanitarian Day was created by the general assembly of the United Nations to coincide with the 2003 bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. This day is to celebrate the humanity of the world and the spirit behind it that creates a community of people driven to help others. The UN wants this

Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 17, 2016

Did you know that the idea that black cats are bad luck isn’t very common? In most countries worldwide, black cats are known as lucky! If you’re wondering where the bad luck stereotype came from, it was around the time of the Middle Ages where people speculated that black cats were associated with witchcraft. Here are

National Tell a Joke Day

August 16, 2016

Happy National Tell a Joke Day! Wanna hear a joke about a pizza? Nevermind, it’s too cheesy!! *hits drum* Ba-Dum-CH! That might now have been one of our best jokes, but you can admit you chuckled! The Y has come up with some great jokes for you to share with your friends and family that’ll give

National Best Friends Day

August 15, 2016

Happy National Best Friends Day! Everyone has a best friend whether it is someone from school, a parent, a sibling, or even a pet! A best friend is always there to finish your sentences (…and sandwiches), and they’re the best person to spend everyday with, but more importantly a best friend always has your back no matter what. Since today

Literacy Enrichment Achievement Program

August 15, 2016

  Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months of reading comprehension while their higher-income peers make slight gains. This summer, The Capital District YMCA’s Literacy Enrichment Achievement Program (LEAP) is engaging over 100 children in the Albany City School District to stop this Summer Slide. LEAP utilizes certified teachers to integrate four language