Prevention, Recreation, Youth, Diversity, Education

With support from Jack in the Box Foundation, our innovative PRYDE program has evolved to meet the specific needs of local schools and strengthen communities. Weekly lessons foster character development of strong values, healthy bodies and community action. We infuse cultural awareness and collaborative spirit during all of our before- and after-school activities. Additional program activities include homework assistance, academic enrichment, sports, games, art and community events.

At eight school sites, our literacy supervisors work with a select group of children in the school's PrimeTime Extended Day Program. Staff works collaboratively with teachers and other stakeholders to identify struggling readers to then monitor, track and guide student achievement.

Our mission is to deliver differentiated literacy intervention that empowers students to reach individualized learning goals.

See below for special events


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November 2016

The holiday season is right around the corner, and we are very excited for all the events and activities in which our students will be involved. We will have two PRYDE Thanksgiving potlucks this year, where all eight of our collaborative sites will come together to experience a Thanksgiving meal, build relationships with students from other schools, and continue to learn the importance of community.

This month our students will focus on the theme, "Rock the Vote!" They will explore the essential question of, “How does power originate?” The students will discover the importance of bravery and courage through the Character Development lessons, and practice being active citizens in society through our STEM topic of Graphing and Polling.

Going Global this month is intended to stay close to home as our students discover the foundation in which the USA was formed, and what it means to have a cultural lens. We are excited for our students to be able to learn about the election process as it is taking place in our current events.


August 2016

With another school year just around the corner, we are always looking for enthusiastic and compassionate role models to volunteer in our PRYDE and outreach programs.

Come fall we will be looking for volunteers to help support our PRYDE events including PRYDE Thanksgiving and PRYDE Christmas. We look forward to the opportunity to work together to serve the communities in our area!

Our PRYDE & Outreach programs are in constant need of volunteers. See the Volunteer Section for instructions on how to apply.

For more information about any of our events please contact Kathryn McShane, [email protected].

Past Events

April 2016

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We were able to take two groups of students to Camp Marston for two amazing, transformational weekends. On April 15-17, we took about 145 elementary-school students to camp for a weekend of 90's themed fun. We challenged them to "dare to be" the best versions of themselves, to try new things, to dream big, and to never let fear get in their way.

March 2015

Camp Marston

We took 140 elementary and middle school students on our annual trip to Camp Marston in Julian on March 27-29. This weekend serves as a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to step out of their comfort zone and leave empowered to take on new challenges. The was “Champion the Right,” which served as a reminder to become the champion of our own lives, guided by a moral compass. Why Knights? We wanted to harness the ability in our students to pursue goals and persist through the challenges that they may prevail.​

December 2014

Children are important to us. The YMCA's PRYDE Program Giving Tree gives us the opportunity to give back to the community by giving over 200 kids in the community an opportunity to open a present during the holidays.

June 2014

Shel Silverstein Week:

Calling all volunteers! Our morning literacy programs will be celebrating poetry with a Shel Silverstein author study. Join us June 2-6, 2014, to read some of his creative works to our first through third graders.

We have times available from 6:30-8:30. Please contact Justin Nietes [email protected] for more information and to sign up for a day/time that works for you.

April 2014


April 25, 2014

More than 100 students from our PrimeTime and PRYDE programs in four elementary schools participated in TALE (The Active Learning Experience) during their four-week intersession school break. "We want to keep the children active and engaged when they're not in school," explains director Edgar Ramirez. TALE is a new, innovative program offered in partnership with Mission Valley Y and PrimeTime. The goal is to engage the students' minds and bodies.

The theme for this session, "Stories Around the World," transformed the students into storytellers who explore grade-level content aimed to enhance their reading abilities. The children traveled to San Diego Junior Theatre, Mission Trails Park and the San Diego Zoo. The session closed with student theater performances — "Anansi," "The Prince and The Sphinx," and Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl" — performed at the Y on April 25, 2014.

Additionally, TALE provides academic support, cultural enrichment, fine arts and promotes historical appreciation.

March 2014

Camp Marston

March 28-30, 2014

In March, our staff and volunteers took 147 students from our after-school programs to Camp Marston, a YMCA resident camp in Julian. This trip was made possible thanks to funds raised in our annual Community Outreach Campaign. Enjoy this video recap:

The theme this year was "LEVEL UP!" and students found themselves stepping into a video game-like reality where they learned valuable lessons to pursue dreams, persist through challenges and prevail.

This trip was fully funded by members and contributions from our Annual Support Campaign.

Dr Seuss' Birthday

March 3-7, 2014

Children who participate in our P.R.Y.D.E Literacy Program at local schools celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with Seuss-themed lesson plans during the week of March 3 to 7, 2014.

Mission Statement

YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body.