Virtual Y: A Year in Review

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It’s been a big year for all of us. In 2021, the Virtual Y of CNY grew into a website, a schedule of live and recorded classes featuring local Y of CNY instructors, a library of On Demand Videos from YMCAs across North America, a monthly Speaker Series featuring various themes and topics, and the renowned Downtown Writers Center Visiting Author Series. We are learning what it means to serve you wherever you are, and are growing as an organization because of it. We’re cooking up some exciting things for 2022, which we can’t wait to share with you.   

While we’re busy behind the scenes, we’d love to share recordings from all of our Virtual Y Speaker Series programs with you.  Each monthly theme aligned with a cause associated with that month, and we curated programs featuring experts from our CNY community. In February, we celebrated the opening of the Northside Women’s Wellness Series and Black History Month by featuring women who are local health and wellness leaders. In March, we partnered with SOS to learn about bone and joint health. May was Mental Health Awareness Month, and featured Physicians and non-profit leaders who spoke on various facets of Mental Health. In June, the YMCA of CNY celebrated Pride by highlighting LGBTQIA+ activists and organizers of Central New York. In July we got to know our Y, by meeting some of our staff and their groundbreaking work (including our new CEO!). September was healthy aging month, and featured speakers who taught us about finances, brain health, and legal considerations as we age. We rounded out our year with a month of meaningful hybrid virtual and in-person Breast Cancer Awareness programming.   

We hope you enjoy revisiting our programs as we reflect on 2021. All of our Speaker Series Can be viewed here on our Virtual Y website.  

Please be sure to remember to check out our Live Virtual Y Group Exercise Schedule, as well as our library of On Demand Videos.  

Thanks so much for all of your support! We’re looking forward to growing the Virtual Y with you in 2022 and beyond.  

Click here to see all of our Speaker Series videos from 2021.

Click here to watch the Fall 2020 Downtown Writers Center Visiting Author Series. 

Click here view our calendar of Live and Recorded Virtual Group Exercise classes.  

Click here to explore our On Demand Library of videos. To refine your search, click “Filter” in the upper right corner and select the kinds of videos you’d like to see.  

You’ll need to log in to the Virtual Y to view all of these videos. The Virtual Y is free to all Y of CNY members. For assistance logging in or setting your password for the first time, please visit our FAQ.