Monday, May 22, 2017

Welcoming Gloria and Tyler to the YMCA staff!

The University YMCA is pleased to announce two new additions to their staff: Tyler Rotche and Gloria Yen. For contact information and to view the YMCA staff page, visit:

Tyler Rotche is the Student Engagement Program Coordinator, providing consultation and assistance for student groups housed at the YMCA. He most recently worked as Water Policy Specialist at Prairie Rivers Network, focused on coal pollution issues. Tyler received his B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gloria Yen is the New American Program Coordinator, working with local leadership from newcomer and receiving communities to curate local resources and coordinating referrals for immigrant and newcomer integration. Gloria received her undergraduate degree in Music History from the University of Illinois before earning a Masters of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Gloria’s commitment to social justice and immigrant services is largely influenced by her experiences as a second generation Taiwanese American.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Three Spinners joins our New American Welcome Center on campus!

Three Spinners joins our New American Welcome Center on campus!

Opening in early June, the Three Spinners Community Resource Center will provide refugees, immigrants, and newcomers to the community with support and advocacy services when they are faced with the difficult task of starting their lives over in a new country and culture. 

As part of the YMCA’s New American Welcome Centers effort to build a more inclusive and welcoming communities, we welcome all people without regard to nationality, religion, or legal status. Some of the services that will be offered include material aid, language practice, job preparation, and acculturation. 

To learn more or volunteer, visit

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ready to be the change? Learn more at the AmeriCorps VISTA virtual info session.

Are you ready for the next step in your career? 
Are you passionate about making a difference and working alongside communities to fight poverty? 
Want to learn valuable non-profit management and sustainable community development skills? 
Consider joining AmeriCorps VISTA! To learn more about the program, and hear from some currently serving members, tune in to our Virtual Information Session on Wednesday, May 24, 2017  3pm ET (12pm PT).
We have year-long and short summer service opportunities available and are looking to hire now! From Alaska to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between, AmeriCorps VISTA members work alongside community leaders to find sustainable solutions to poverty including: developing job opportunities, increasing access to education and housing, promote healthy living, and much more. During this session, learn about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, hear from currently serving members, and have all your questions answered!

Learn more about the University YMCA's AmeriCorps VISTA postings

The University YMCA seeks two full-time VISTA Members who will build infrastructure of our immigrant and student programs, develop partnerships within our community, and investigate and develop new possible resources to support these programs. VISTAs will develop leadership skills in fundraising, program development, volunteer coordination, nonprofit management and more.

One VISTA will focus on our New American Welcome Center work and help build capacity for our immigrant outreach services. The other VISTA will focus on our YMCA student programs. Applicants are welcome to apply to one or both.

VISTAs serve for one full year and have access to fantastic benefits through the AmeriCorps program (click here for more information), including a living allowance (approximately $1000 a month in Champaign County), relocation allowance if you move 50+ miles, an end-of-service award of either $5,815 for education expenses or a cash stipend of $1,500, healthcare benefits, professional development trainings and more. 

The YMCA hopes to start VISTAs in June or July, but actual start date depends on the training schedule of the Americorps program. For best chance at consideration, please apply by Friday, May 19 at 11:59pm

The Immigrant Outreach Capacity VISTA posting can be found here: 

The Youth-at-Risk Capacity VISTA posting can be found here: 

Apply now at

For questions, e-mail Emily Cross at or Megan Flowers at