Elementary/Middle School programs
With support from Jack in the Box Foundation, our innovative P.R.Y.D.E. program (Prevention, Recreation, Youth, Diversity, Education) bolsters literacy and provides support aimed at steering at-risk youth away from drugs, alcohol and gangs. Learn more
High school programs
We work with Mark Twain High School, an alternative, school-of-last-resort for most students — on two main programs:
Wellness ProgramSpecifically targeted to expectant teenage mothers or girls who are at risk of becoming pregnant
Academic AssistanceDesigned to bring qualified educators into the classroom to assist teachers, working in small groups or one-on-one, to help students improve academic achievement.
Only With Your Help
Thank you!Your generous donations through our Community Outreach Campaign
have allow us to help thousands of youth
and families in the form of camp scholarships, membership aid, and
The Outreach program is just one of the ways we’ve been able to put your dollars to work. These programs are completely funded through donations from our Community Outreach Campaign. There is no charge to the schools or participants.
For information on how to become involved, please call our main number, (619) 298-3576, and ask for the PRYDE or Outreach Director.
Monarch School Outreach
The Downtown YMCA has partnered with the Monarch School to offer supplementary PE classes after the students' school day. Students from all grades at Monarch, an accredited educational institution for homeless and at-risk children, participate in flag football, basketball, and fitness programs at the Downtown YMCA.
This program allows these students, learning in a non-traditional setting, to pursue the same recreational opportunities afforded students at traditional schools.