Johnson YMCA

The James Weldon Johnson YMCA in Northwest Jacksonville is expanding. Not only will the wellness facility be renovated and receive a new swimming pool, but more importantly said spokespeople, it’s teen program capacity will more than double with the construction of a new teen center.

Currently, the Johnson YMCA serves around 30 to 40 teens a day. That number should rise to 100 once the center is finished.

Daily Record

The Jacksonville Planning Commission on Thursday approved a zoning exception for Cornerstone Christian School of Jacksonville to use the former Arlington Family YMCA at 8301 Fort Caroline Road for athletic and sports competition facilities and camps.

Andre Roman / WJCT News

If you would like to get some holiday shopping done on Black Friday but don’t have childcare, First Coast area YMCAs are offering to help.

Serena Summerfield / WJCT News

The YMCA integrated with Baptist North Medical Campus as part of a new wellness and medical center on the Northside.

The three-story building, at the intersection of I-295 and Dunn Avenue, opened Monday and offers area residents a full spectrum of healthy living resources, including fitness and wellness programs for adults and families, as well as a KidZone.

Amy Wilkins Vazquez

Over the last decade, a Jacksonville mom has raised more than $123,000 to help veterans finish college in Jacksonville.

The Josh Watkins Memorial Tennis Tournament is helping other soldiers accomplish something her son never got to do.

Winston Family YMCA in Riverside Opens

Sep 1, 2016
Andre Roman / WJCT News

After four years of anticipation, construction of the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside is complete.

Elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening.

The 72,000 square foot facility replaces the old Yates Family YMCA, which is closer to the St. Johns River. The new YMCA amenities include: a fitness center, an aquatic center, a healthy living center, a gymnasium, a cafe and two spiritual wellness centers, which are quiet places for prayer and meditation. 

Winston Family YMCA In Riverside Opens

Aug 26, 2016
Andre Roman / WJCT News

After four years of anticipation, construction of the Winston Family YMCA in Riverside is complete.

Elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening.

El Faro

There’s still a lot to learn about the tragic loss of the El Faro.

The Jacksonville-based cargo ship that sank last October at sea during Hurricane Joaquin, killing all 33 people on board.

Two weeks of hearings recently wrapped up looking into the cause of the El Faro disaster.

And it was a sometimes contentious proceeding, with one investigator called the sinking "a colossal failure" of management before he apologized and took back the comment.

Investigators do want to confirm what mistakes were made, and also explore ways to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.

We recap the hearings with Jacksonville maritime attorney Rod Sullivan and WJCT News reporter Ryan Benk.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A pop music star helped motivate students at a Jacksonville elementary school Monday.

Black Eyed Peas rapper, Jaime “Taboo” Gomez, taught the kids at Tiger Academy elementary school some new dance moves, as well as the importance of physical fitness.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Duval County health officials are launching a campaign aimed at stemming childhood obesity.

The county has had mild success reducing the rate among young kids, but the number of overweight teens — especially in the urban core — continues to climb.

As the nation marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, several Northeast Florida organizations, including the YMCA, the Monique Burr Foundation, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and WJCT, have partnered to form the Darkness to Light Stewards for Children Coalition. The group is working to train 50,000 adults to develop the skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We speak with Tammy Miller, VP of Risk Management, and Linda Burr, Lead Trainer, for YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s EverBank Field is opening its doors to families for this year’s Healthy Kids Day celebration on May 2.

The day is a national YMCA initiative designed to get kids moving and learning especially during summer vacation.

Activities at the football stadium will include everything from science experiments and a petting zoo to the popular kids’ triathlon. First Coast Kids Triathlon founder Tom Gildersleeve says EverBank Field makes this year’s race extra special.

YMCA of Florida's First Coast.

Healthy Kids Day is an annual event meant to kick start physical activity and learning during the summer months when children are out of school.

More than 1,900 Y's across the country are participating including all YMCA of Florida's First Coast locations.

The event on Saturday, April 27 is free and open to the entire community. It will run from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.