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Throughout San Diego County, countless people know the YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. From exercise to education, from volleyball to volunteerism, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community. The Y is so much more than a gym. We touch the lives of nearly one out of every eight people in our community. For 131 years, we’ve been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive. Yet we’re called to do so much more.

But we need your philanthropic support to make it happen. Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play. Together, we can achieve so much more. GIVE. AND DO SO MUCH MORE.

The story of jacob thater

Jacob Thater is relatively new to San Diego and while it hasn’t been easy, he’s made it his home and taken advantage of all the opportunities that have come his way.

After a fire wiped out their home in Seattle, Jacob and his mother moved here to San Diego. Jacob enrolled at Mark Twain High School and worked summers at San Diego Ice Arena, where he was introduced to the Mission Valley YMCA via the summer day camps that visited the ice skating facility.

During his senior year at Twain, student advisor Mr. Feinberg asked Jacob if he’d be interested in participating in YMCA Youth & Government, a statewide program that introduces high school students to the mechanics of government. In addition to learning about policy-making and the law, the program culminates in a conference in Sacramento, attended by over 2,000 statewide delegates. Although Jacob was interested in Youth & Government, his mother has been unemployed for years and his family couldn’t afford the cost of the program. Thanks to the Y’s ability to offer financial assistance, Jacob’s request for a scholarship was approved. The rest, as they say, is history.

Not only did Jacob participate in Youth & Government, he excelled and was one of the leaders of the San Diego "Super Delegation" in Sacramento. Also, he was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Y’s SAT Prep Course. He then graduated as valedictorian from Twain High School.

And that’s only the beginning. Jacob works part-time for PRYDE, the Y's after-school gang/drug prevention program. He is a full-time student at UCSD, and is poised to be the first in his family to graduate from college.

Jacob told us, "Forget day care and workout machines; the Y changes lives and I’m proof of that."


$25 per month...

allows 6 kids the opportunity be a part of a community that encourages fun, friendships and endless possibilities.

$50 per month...

makes it possible for an entire family to have the resources and support needed to learn, grow and thrive.

$125 per month...

offers 10 kids the ability to attend Y day camp, helping them become responsible stewards of our environment and respected leaders with their peers.

$250 per month...

lets 12 kids experience Y after school programs where they engage in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they
can achieve.


Your Generosity: Put to Good Use

The YMCA of San Diego County is proud to be ranked as a Four Star Charity according to Charity Navigator. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the YMCA of San Diego County adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please click on the logo to review our four star rating.