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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February 2017

This month our students will focus on the theme, of Traveling to the Wonders of the World as we prepare for March's Going Global Initiative. They will explore the essential question of, “What makes a journey worth taking?" The students will gain a better understanding in the importance of safety through their weekly character development lessons. They will also explore the many different kinds of architecture and modes of transportation during the STEM activities.

Going Global this month Travels to the country of China in which the students will take on the challenge of walking the length of the Great Wall of China during their outdoor organized play time. The students will also focus on Literacy and Art through the study of music, lyrics, and poetry. We are excited for our students to discover the many wonders of the world as they connect their lives to adventures of their futures.


PRYDE Literacy is offered at our 8 collaborative sites and open to first and second grade students who are striving to reach their reading grade level. Each site focuses on 20 students who receive at least 60 minutes of literacy support daily. Our students just completed their 2nd quarterly reading diagnostic assessment and all 8 schools improved their overall average. We are excited for their growth and are continuing to work hard to help them achieve their goals.



  • Dr.Seuss Literacy Week: Feb. 27-March 3


  • Camp Marston Middle School Leadership Weekend March 24-26
  • The DIG Initiative is going global this month. Mission Valley has selected Cuba as their country of focus.

We look forward to the opportunity to work together to serve our communities. 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 Hanna Jensen, [email protected].

Past Events

March 2017

PRYDE at Camp Marston

Weekend Leadership Retreat

CAMP MARSTON IN JULIAN hosted where 60 middle-school students last month for a weekend leadership retreat. Each student spent two months preparing for the weekend by exploring their own leadership style, setting and achieving personal goals of growth, and learning to communicate with those who view and experience the world differently than themselves. The students were able to overcome fears, explore a new setting, and build relationships with other students while learning what its means to shine their lights as leaders.

December 2016

PRYDE Gift Giving at Mission Valley YMCA - over 500 students and families nominated for holiday gifts.

November 2016

Thanksgiving Potluck at Carson Elementary and Kimbrough Elementary.

April 2016

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.

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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.