your Y At work in the community
THOSE WHO JOIN THE Y become part of a community committed nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our neighbors. Because we continue to surpass our goals in fundraising each year, we are able to extend our reach and do more for the community.
We had a long an busy summer, and here are some highlights:
This summer, 16 high-school students became the second graduating class of the Summer Youth Institute at Mission Valley YMCA. They, along with six alumni, completed an an eight-week program in digital arts. The teens gained leadership and academic skills while exploring digital story telling, graphic design, robotics and photography.
Students created a magazine and short films, attended a week-long wilderness retreat and explored careers. See more highlights on the Youth Institute page.
The long days of summer can be a stressful time for working parents. Mission Valley Y's summer day camps provide the safety parents require with the fun kids desire. Last summer:
- We served more than 850 children per week at Mission Valley and Toby Wells YMCAs
- We were able to offer free or subsidized camp to more than 70 children each week of summer camp, providing a traditional camp experience that those families otherwise couldn't afford.
- We filled five weeks of Camp I Can, the only camping program in San Diego serving children on the autism spectrum.
- In July, 120 campers spent a week in July at Camp Marston, our mountain retreat in Julian, and 60 children from our PRYDE program were able to attend at no charge. For many, it was a first trip away from home.
The yearly trip to Camp Marston and support during summer day camp are made possible because thousands of people care to make donations, large and small, to our annual Community Outreach Campaign
The ninth annual Clash at Clairemont on on June 13 drew more than 1,700 attendees who came to watch the action sports and enjoy music, food and family fun. Top athletes come together at the Clash each year to "crush cancer" in an all-day celebration of skate. This year, the event raised more than $12,000 to benefit the Y and Grind for Life, an organization which provides Scholarships to cancer patients and their families.
On July 2, 2015, we served more than 500 people from throughout the community at the annual Linda Vista Community Barbecue. We partnered with seven community organizations: the San Diego Police Department, San Diego Fire, Linda Vista Library, Linda Vista Health Clinic, USD, Lakeshore and Linda Vista Elementary's PTSO. It was great to see the Y have so many people come out to help (20 staff volunteering from several departments) and watch as gymnastics ran workshops and the Zumba-istas got the crowd moving.
With a mission to accelerate academic achievement and to prepare youth for college and career opportunities, Y Summerbridge offered 183 students the chance to participate in a fully subsidized, five-week academic enrichment program. With a STEM-based curriculum, the students experienced project-based learning and developed social, emotional and leadership skills in a safe and positive environment. Note: Approximately 95 percent of the children will be the first in their families to attend college. See Summerbridge.
This summer we invited active-duty service members to build skills in the water to advance in rank and gain confidence.
Y Swim Coach Ethan Harkleroad got the idea to offer the clinics last summer after he recognized a need in the community. Ethan worked with John Katchenago, who came to the Y to beef up his skills in preparation for the NOAA (National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration) dive school. "I had to take a swim test as a prerequisite for the dive course," he explains. "I was working on the 25-yard underwater swim, and Ethan helped me complete it. Now I can do it easily, and I shaved a few minutes off my time for the other swim requirements." John liked being able to head over to the Y in the evening after work and on the weekends to hone his skills. He just completed another swim test to stay current in his certifications. "It went well!"
FOLLOWING OUR STARS
Roderick Sewell Medals in Toronto
We first met Roderick Sewell in 2012 as he began training for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Since then, he's interned for us and is now on staff at Copley-Price Family YMCA. We've enjoyed watching him reach his goals, and this summer, he earned a bronze medal at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
From the U.S. Paralympics website:
Roderick Sewell (Florence, Alabama) took to the podium with a bronze as Team USA’s first medal winner of the day after a strong finish in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke S6 (1:40.59).
"It's overwhelming to be here and it's getting us prepared for Rio,” Sewell said. “This is definitely an uplifting event to get ready for Rio. Overall I’m very proud of the way it went today. I've been struggling with this event for a while now, but I practiced and today it all came together."
STAYING HEALTHY AS WE AGE
Programming Expands for 50+ Adults
Thanks to contributions to our annual Community Outreach Campaign, xxxx of seniors are able to participate in water exercise classes, social events and lifelong learning activities through subsidized memberships. Meeting the needs of our community, programming for Y's Active Adults is expanding and includes healthful and engaging activities like pickleball, textile workshops, kayaking, computer learning, book clubs, financial seminars, yoga, travel, games and more. See YAA for more information.
IN THE WORKS
|Fall: PRYDE and literacy programs get underway in our local schools|
|November: PRYDE Thanksgiving Food Collection & Celebration|
|December: PRYDE Holiday Giving Tree Collection & Celebration|
VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN
Help A Little or A Lot!
We rely on our volunteers year round. If you can help out for an hour, a day, a week or all year, we'd love to meet you and help you find a project you'll enjoy. Contact Janna Barker, [email protected], or call (619) 298-3576, ext. 11280.