For more than 160 years, California’s YMCAs have been a movement of people working together to improve the quality of life for families, individuals, and the community. Today, California’s YMCAs continue this tradition, inspring all to a healthy life- in spirit, mind and body. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why we focus our work in three areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
At the Y we believe all children deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. By participating in values-based YMCA programs 881,734 California youth and teens are advancing their learning, making smarter choices, getting healthy, and developing lifelong values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
YMCAs collectively are the nation’s largest provider of childcare. In California the Y works with 205 school districts and serves thousands of children every day in 992 childcare program sites located in schools, churches, YMCAs and other community based facilities. The Y offers families affordable, high quality and safe care for children in preschool through elementary school. Through scholarships, program subsidies, partnerships and community outreach the Y provides critical assistance to thousands of low-income families in the state.
At the Y we are committed to helping people of all ages and abilities reach their full potential by engaging them in healthy activities. With a mission focused on healthy spirit, mind and body for all, we bring families closer together, encourage health choices, and foster community through fitness, sports, fun and common interests. The Y is a leader in involving children in sports and activities that instill values and develop healthy active habits for their futures. Last year 1,732,501 Californians were active and engaged members of local YMCAs throughout the state.
At the YMCA we believe it is our responsibility to be active in local affairs, and participate with others to address community issues and concerns. We provide $23 million in financial assistance and partner with numerous organizations throughout the state. As a result we help strengthen communities and support our neighbors. For more than 160 years, Ys in California have been helping people develop skills and emotional well-being through education and training, creating local jobs, encouraging volunteerism, pursuing diversity and building healthier communities through collaborations. YMCAs employ more than 40,300 Californians in full-time and part-time jobs, and nearly 32,330 Californians volunteer at local Ys.