Life University

Group Hero imageYMCA support groups offer hope and provides a place for genuine relationships. Our groups, workshops, and seminars are based on research and Christian principles. People of diverse faiths or no faith are welcome and assured spiritual safety. Find help in navigating some of the most challenging and joyful aspects of life. 

Life University classes might be right for you if:

  • There’s an area of your life that you wish you could change.
  • You’re struggling with a relationship.
  • You’re having a hard time finding meaning in your life.
  • You’re in a challenging situation.
  • Your life isn’t where you want it to be

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Check out our other Life University classes and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

If you are interested in a Life University class but don't see it offered near you, tell us here! We'll do our best to accommodate you. 

Making Change Stick Workshops

Making change stick (orange)If you struggle to break old habits, feel stuck in a cycle of behavior or are contemplating change, the Making Change Stick Workshop is a great place to begin.

This hour and a half workshop helps you learn the research-based process of holistic change and gives you direction on where and how to start. Leave with the tools you need to make the change you’ve always wanted.

Cost:
No cost to YMCA members or community members

Class Information: 
Monday, January 14, 10:30-11:45am
Monday, January 28, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, February 13, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, April 10, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, May 8, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, May 22, 10:30-11:45am
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For information or to register visit the Welcome Center or contact Jill Thaut at 253-460-8966 or jthaut@ymcapkc.org.

Financial Peace University

If you are stressed about money or need a new plan to budget or manage your finances, Financial Peace University provides you with the tools to handle your money.

In Financial Peace University, join others in the common struggle of learning to manage personal finances, getting control of spending, and setting financial goals. Trained facilitators provide a supportive environment, using materials created by Dave Ramsey. 

Cost:
$100, 50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance

Class Information: 
Thursdays, February 21-April 18, 6:30-8:30pm
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Stay Up-to-date! 
Check out our other Life University classes and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

If you are interested in a Life University class but don't see it offered near you, tell us here! We'll do our best to accommodate you. 

Journey to Freedom

If you need an inspiring and practical vision for change and self-improvement in your life, Journey to Freedom may be your first step.

Journey to Freedom offers a safe environment to explore improving your life, restoring hope and rebuilding your circle of encouragement. Become more self-aware and prepare for positive change in a small group of six to ten people led by supportive facilitators.

Cost:
$30 YMCA member
$45 Community member

Class Information: 
Tuesdays, February 7-March 28, 11am-12:30pm
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Stay Up-to-date! 
Check out our other Life University classes and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

If you are interested in a Life University class but don't see it offered near you, tell us here! We'll do our best to accommodate you. 

Journey to Healthy Living

If you are struggling with your relationship to food and your body, Journey to Healthy Living provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle. 

This eight-week class meets twice a week and includes moderate physical activity, book discussion, journaling, and food education within a supportive environment. This group presents a new way of thinking about the way food and body image interact with your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. 

Cost:
$30 YMCA Member
$45 Community Member

Class Information: 
Wednesdays, February 20-April 10, 5:30-7pm
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Stay Up-to-date! 
Check out our other Life University classes and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

If you are interested in a Life University class but don't see it offered near you, tell us here! We'll do our best to accommodate you. 

JACQUIE FINDS ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH JOURNEY TO HEALTHY LIVING

For most of her life, JacQuie struggled with her feelings of self-worth, and relied on eating as a form of control. Recognizing that she needed help breaking unhealthy habits, she decided to participate in Journey to Freedom Healthy Living.

“I had a place to go where we were all safe to talk,” said JacQuie. “Everyone could say their thoughts and feelings uninterrupted and unchallenged, and that was encouraging.”

Journey to Healthy Living provides group support for those searching to find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image.

This small group guides participants to achieve peace with their bodies and lifestyle. Since completing Journey to Freedom, JacQuie has been able to take control of her eating and enjoys making disciplined choices for nourishment. She has even begun taking care of her brother to help him make healthy eating choices.

“I am a different person now,” said JacQuie. “I get such happiness when I say no to unhealthy choices, and yes to healthy ones. Now that’s empowerment!”

Bible Study

This six week series is supplemented by True Story: From Creation to Restoration, a Bible study guide designed to help people dive into the gospel and the movements of God's redemption and restoration. Location: Chapel

Cost: 
Included with membership

Stay Up-to-date! 
Check out our other Life University classes and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

If you are interested in a Life University class but don't see it offered near you, tell us here! We'll do our best to accommodate you. 

Love and Respect

Though we all need love and respect equally, the felt need differs during conflict between spouses. Join us for a 10-week study of Love and Respect. The cost is per couple, which includes a workbook for both. A program offering of Life University.

Cost: 
$30 for YMCA members and community members

Stay Up-to-date! 
Check out our other Life University classes and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

If you are interested in a Life University class but don't see it offered near you, tell us here! We'll do our best to accommodate you. 


For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Jill Thaut at 253-460-8966 or jthaut@ymcapkc.org.


Community members are welcome to participate in all Life University classes and are required to sign our guest waiver and present Photo ID upon entering our facilities. Additional fees may apply. 

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