The YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest Y in the nation
serving more than 400,000 San Diego County residents and employing
more than 5,000 people. The YMCA offers variety of programs and
services focused on youth development, healthy living, and social
responsibility. The Y unites men, women, and children regardless of
their age, income, or background- to nurture the potential of children
and teens, improve San Diego’s health and well-being, and provide
opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For the 2015-2016
fiscal year, the Y thought providing a snapshot of the IMPACT they’re
having in each of the communities served would be – well,
- The Border View Family YMCA in San Ysidro ran a
successful Physical Learning Activities for Youth, or “PLAY”
program, where more than 580 students at Juarez Lincoln Elementary
received an hour per week of physical fitness, health ED, and
character development. Curriculum is specific to the school and
student population to ensure constant engagement.
- In the
East County, the Y’s Active Older Adult Programs can at
times be the only sense of family and friendship an individual has.
With dozens of special trips, specifically designed lectures,
workshops and organically created programs, the YMCA gives each
person a feeling of belonging. Unique programs that are making a
difference in East County include the Parkinson’s Group Exercise
Class and Bridge Club.
- In Southeast San Diego, It is
estimated that 33,000 children ages 5-12 in the service area of the
Jackie Robinson Family YMCA have never taken swim lessons.
Last year alone, the Jackie Robinson Y provided $15,288 dollars in
financial assistance for aquatics programs to low-income families.
Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim
or building positive relationships leading to good sportsmanship and
teamwork, participating at the Y is all about building the whole
child from the inside out.
- The LIVESTRONG program at the
La Jolla YMCA is a free, 12-week program designed to meet
the needs of adults with cancer before, during, and after treatment.
It is an evidence and research based program that empowers cancer
survivors to take an active role in their own health by engaging in
a strength and conditioning program. Focusing on health rather than
the disease, LIVESTRONG at the Y helps cancer survivors move beyond
illness to reclaim wellness in mind, body, and spirit. The first
session had eight participants and currently another eight cancer
survivors are participating! One participant said, “Through the
LIVESTRONG program at the Y I have found a part of the person I
had hidden away during cancer treatment. It allowed me to feel
‘normal’ again! This is a very important program and I am blessed
to be a part of it.”
- The Adventure Princess Program
at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas allows fathers and
daughters ages 5-10 enjoy the great outdoors while building
friendships and being part of “more.” Members of the program have
created their own philanthropic culture! The Bear Nation, a group of
over 750 participants, established a Volunteer Program for their
daughters to learn what it means to give back. With over 430 girls
participating in the volunteerism, the group has done beach
cleanups, tree planting at local parks, and adopted over 100
children during the holidays through gift giving.
thousand people each year rely on the YMCA’s Krause Family Skate
and Bike Park for a variety of programs, from STEM-based Skate
Camps to the only Skatercross skateboarding course in the country.
In June, the skatepark hosted the first ever skatercross competition
during the 10th annual Clash at Claremont, with ESPN
filming and Tony Hawk serving as announcer. Just as the Y helped
spread basketball in 1891, once again we’re serving communities with
The Mission Valley YMCA and Toby Wells YMCA (Kearny Mesa)
boast serving 5,000 students each year with health and fitness at
school through the Physical Learning Activities for Youth program
(PLAY). One great outcome – the kids’ cardio, upper body strength
and flexibility have improved over 15% in the last year!Peninsula
Family YMCA is seeing great success with its Correia Swim
Program, designed for all eighth grade students to receive swim
lessons. In its third year, the program has grown from 100
8th graders to 480 this past school year! Based on school
district data, the need was great. The program has made a real
impact on making students water safe, as well as meet a component of
required school curriculum.
- The Rancho Family YMCA
in Rancho Penasquitos, along with sponsorship from the City of San
Diego and the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council, opened the PQ
certified farmers market in April. Boasting an average of 900 people
attending each Saturday, it has been a great success supporting
local farmers and providing our community with healthy living
- Also at the Rancho Y, over 150 5th
graders and their families pedaled across the State of California
during spring break. The trip took them 280 miles from Yuma to
Encinitas in one week. This extraordinary camping trip allows
5th graders to learn what it means to create goals, be
disciplined and work to accomplish a plan.
- The South Bay
Family YMCA Academy Program aims to equalize academic
opportunity for children in Title One elementary schools in Chula
Vista. The program is a subsidized full-day program that focuses on
academic enrichment in Literacy, Math, and STEM subjects. Goals for
the summer 2016 session included serving one hundred students per
week in Chula Vista, and forty a week at our new National City
location. Through consistent attendance to the Y Academy, students
are more likely to retain information learned during the school
year, effectively read at grade level, minimize the threat of
obesity, and reduce the likelihood of chronic absence.
Family Adventures in Nature program, or the FAN program for the
YMCA, has some impactful figures. YMCA Camps had a total of
224 school-age participants from different 14 school sites
throughout San Diego County. Weekend events were naturally very
popular boasting 344 participants. Camp Marston had 106 campers from
the FAN program, and 38 participated in beach camping. To cap it
off, 110 volunteers picked up 157 pounds of trash during a beach
YMCA Camp Marston (Julian) and Camp Surf (Imperial
Beach) had an impactful season for Outdoor Education. The total
number of school participants was 8,200, with those students coming
from 140 different schools spanning San Diego County. For Camp Surf,
850 teens participated in the leadership program. The programs and
classes were all aligned with new State Common Core and Next
Generation Science Standards, making yet another terrific
partnership with our county schools.
- The YMCA of San
Diego County provided $2.6 million in branch subsidies last
fiscal year. This funding ensures that YMCA branches can provide
financial assistance to verified low-income participants and
branches serving vulnerable communities can keep program fees low.
Without the generosity of donors, these subsidies would not be
At the Y we know we have the opportunity and responsibility to help
all people build strong, meaningful relationships with their families,
neighbors, and communities. They are excited to be seeing and feeling
that IMPACT during the last fiscal year.