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THE Y IN YOUR DISTRICT

As the landscape of education changes, the Y recognizes the need for more youth development program offerings. Using our 100+ years of experience, highly-trained staff and community partners, we are ready to help you thrive.

OUR PROGRAMS

YMCA before and after school care provides opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports & recreation, expanding on the amount of physical activity students get during the school day; homework support to assist students in meeting their teacher-assigned requirements; arts, science, math and technology that allow students to engage in programs often underfunded in public schools; all while socializing with friends at the same time.

Camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. The Y has camps for every season!

Youth experience curriculum through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, clubs, service learning projects, and enrichment centers. YMCA curriculum is flexible and fun and children are included in the planning process.

Children engage in hands-on activities that develop critical-thinking skills, problem solving, working within a team and more. In addition, the program especially allows children in lower-income areas the opportunity to see themselves in a STEM based career, which is growing at 1.5x faster rate than average jobs.

Core Components of the Club Curriculum

  • Homework Support
  • Healthy Eating & Physical Activity
  • Art & Culture
  • Science
  • Social Competence and Personal Development
  • Character Education
  • Literacy
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness

Clubs will engage your child and encourage them to explore their talents, interests, and abilities in a safe & supportive environment. Current clubs include:

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • Esports
  • Film Production
  • Keeping Fit
  • Magazine
  • Meteorology
  • Photography
  • Science
  • Speech & Debate

Enrichment classes give school age kids the opportunity to practice what they enjoy or find new interests.

Art Class
Kids will discover their inner artist in this fun and interactive creative space and have the opportunity to learn techniques of painting, drawing, illustration, clay and others. Each child will create their own masterpieces to show and share. Available for youth in grades K-6th.

STEM Class
Kids will have the opportunity to discover science, technology, engineering and math. Each class will be filled with hands-on activities that will allow them to imagine, learn and explore, including; slime making, roller coaster building, robotics and more. Available for youth in grades K-6th.

Esports at the Y is a curriculum-based approach to gaming in a safe, educational and fun environment facilitated through organized, multiplayer video game competitions.

The YMCA Inclusion program can be utilized for all children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors. We provide services to children with developmental and learning disabilities, sensory challenges, epilepsy, autism, ADHD, emotional disturbance, as well as assist with self-care (diapering, feeding, etc.) if needed.

The YMCA Noontime Sports program focuses on keeping kids active through organized sports during lunch or recess hours. The program is intended to reach national state standards for physical activity, primarily the development of motor skills and knowledge of a variety of physical activities.

Program Overview
As a community leader and advocate for healthy, active lifestyles, the Y is reaching out to principals, teachers, community leaders and PTAs to offer Noontime Sports programs for their students. The Noontime sports programs can be customized to meet the specific goals of the school and the students. The program model is based on research of benefits of sports and physical activity programs as well as years of experience working with local schools to implement the program.

The Need For Better Physical Education
The evidence is clear, youth need more outlets for physical activity and sports if we are to reduce the alarming trends regarding activity levels and childhood obesity. Below are just a few of the statistics:

Only 26 percent of the state’s 5th grade students achieved the fitness standards in 2015 (California Department of Education, 2015)

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015)
Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults and are at risk for a variety of health issues including cardiovascular disease, behavior problems, and diabetes.

Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015)

The YMCA Noontime Sports Program focuses on keeping kids active – which has a number of cognitive and emotional benefits beyond the physical well-being.

Program Highlights

  • The program is held 2 or 3 days a week during lunch/recess periods for approximately 2 hours per day.
  • Professional, qualified YMCA staff deliver the program on school campus.
  • Program activities are developmentally appropriate and customized based on age groups and student needs.
  • Program focus is team sports (soccer, basketball, kickball, t-ball, flag football, track & field) and organized group activities (skills practice and drills, warm-ups, CHARACTER COUNTS! Education).
  • 20:1 ratio of students to staff; supplemental school staff may be requested to assist with supervision of larger groups.
  • Program is suggested as a supplement to regular physical education programs to ensure kids have outlets for exercise and skill development.

The YMCA Physical Education (P.E.) Program provides students in grades K-5 with a weekly structured 60-minute physical fitness program that is modeled after the Physical Education Content Standards for California Public Schools and supplements the P.E. curriculum provided by classroom teachers.

As a community leader and advocate for healthy, active lifestyles, the Y can assist you in meeting physical activity requirements for students by providing professional staff and a cost-effective, easy to implement physical education (P.E.) program that will keep kids active and having fun. The YMCA PE Program is modeled after the Physical Educational Content Standards for California Public Schools and provides opportunity for students to interact with each other, allowing them to strengthen their self-esteem, social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

The Need For Better Physical Education
The evidence is clear, youth need more outlets for physical activity and sports if we are to reduce the alarming trends regarding activity levels and childhood obesity. Below are just a few of the statistics:

Only 26 percent of the state’s 5th grade students achieved the fitness standards in 2015 (California Department of Education, 2015)

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015)
Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults and are at risk for a variety of health issues including cardiovascular disease, behavior problems, and diabetes.

Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015)

Benefits of YMCA P.E. Program

  1. Aids in the prevention of childhood obesity and diabetes by providing students with the opportunities to be physically active and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Modeled to fully comply with Physical Educational Content Standards for California Public Schools.
  3. Lead by fully trained YMCA staff that understand best practices in physical education and youth development and can meet the physical and emotional needs of children.
  4. Activities are developmentally appropriate and customized based on age groups, abilities, and students needs.
  5. Curriculum will expose students to different sports/games, rules, movements, traditions, vocabulary, and strategies resulting in the basic understanding of the fundamentals of the sport/game.

The Y prepares children for success with enrichment programs that develop knowledge and application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through a STEAM focused curriculum.

Educational activities may include:

  • Computer Coding
  • Painting
  • Experiments
  • Writing
  • Building
  • and much more

The YMCA Teen Club is a safe and enjoyable before & after school program for students to be with friends while participating in organized educational and physical activities. Highlighted by character development activities, the Y will assist in providing students with the tools needed to grow into successful young adults. Located right on school campus, we provide an age-appropriate and active learning environment where teens focus on important team building and leadership skills.

WHY THE Y

Trained Teachers
The team at Y is passionate about children, families and education. While each teacher brings their own experience, we train in all areas of social/emotional development serving 7,804 students daily.

Curriculum Development
Curriculum development in the areas of science, art, health & wellness, social/emotional development and more.

STEAM
STEAM based educational support, tutoring, enrichment and fitness programs.

FOOTPRINT
The Y serves youth at more than 80 locations throughout Orange County, Pomona Valley, and East San Gabriel Valley.

FACTS

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the peak time for juvenile crime in California during school days, with 35% of juvenile crimes occurring during this time period.

With 2.4 million students in California waiting to get into an afterschool program, increased investment in afterschool programs is needed.

9 in 10 adults agree that afterschool programs are important to their community.

Source: Afterschool Alliance

OUR IMPACT

7,804

7,804 students served

$1.1M

$1.1 million in financial assistance provided

96%

96% of parents believe the Y has made a positive impact on their child’s development

Source: YMCAOC Annual Report 2018 and Parent Survey

“Our partnership with the YMCA is extraordinary. Together we meet student learning needs… to ensure students are safe, engaged and involved in activities that expand the mind and body! Our partnership supports students in being prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing world!”

– Dr. Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent Education Services, Capistrano Unified School District

“My time at the Y really changed my life. I used to go home and do nothing. Always sleeping, watching TV and listening to music was my daily life. My grades were dropping and I often was depressed. Once I got to the Y all of the staff were very kind. They provided me with all the materials I needed to finish my missing work and current homework. I used to think that I wasn’t able to pass any classes until I got to the Y. I started to keep myself occupied instead of being lazy. I met new friends and my old ways of being depressed completely went away. Me now is the best me I know. My grades are better and my confidence is 3x better than before.”

-Child & Youth Development Program Participant

Financial Assistance

The YMCA is proud of its heritage and commitment to make its character-building, family enriching programs available to everyone in the communities we serve. Annually, we receive support from hundreds of members, community leaders, and businesses who believe in our purpose and contribute generously to our Annual Campaign, investing in youth and families. Funds are distributed to families with a financial need in our community.

Contact Us

Dolores Daly, Chief Operations Officer
ddaly@ymcaoc.org

We work with highly qualified partners to deliver needed programs and services to the following districts and organizations.