Santa Ana & Tustin
Our before and after school care provides opportunities for your child to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from kindergarten through 8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports and recreation, homework support, club curriculum, and technology that allow students to engage in the learning process and have fun with friends at the same time!
Director Jose Rios-Hernandez
My name is Jose Rios-Hernandez and I’m the Director at Arroyo YMCA and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I have been working for the YMCA since June 2011, and I can say I do not regret it. Through my journey with the YMCA and with the help of my biggest supporter, Jaime Alls, I have grown and expanded my skills to help children know that they matter and that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
I love working with children for many reasons. One being that I see them grow, learn and experience new things while being at the YMCA. One of my favorite things about working with the YMCA is that everyday I learn new things from working with all types of children. I love seeing the way they open up to us and how we become part of their lives and daily routines. Another reason that is very special to me personally is when parents say “you were the topic at our dinner table”, mainly because it shows that the YMCA does impact the growth and development of the children. I can also add that just as we teach the children become a better image of themselves, I also believe they teach us become better role models at the YMCA.
Director Te’Vari Jenkins
My name is Te’Vari Jenkins and I am proud to be a director at the YMCA. I have been with the YMCA for four years and now have an amazing spot right here at Benson Elementary. With a passion for creativity and a drive for individual expression, I strive to positively impact every child in an effort to help them reach their full potential. My YMCA promise is to give 100% effort in everything that I do and be the mentor I wish I had growing up. Doing it all with a smile!
Year Round Programs
Director Isabel Castaneda
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Adolescence development and have been with the Y since February 2015. I really enjoy working with children because they teach me something new every day. I love to build strong bonds with both the children and the parents that I encounter. My philosophy about children is that they are the future and I believe that all children should be nurtured and allowed to bloom and flourish in order for them to be active members of society.