All Kids Swim has been a lifesaver for the Phizacklea family. Their four boys Cayden, Baylie, Skyler, and Davyn have all learned to swim at the YMCA. Their youngest, Davyn, participated in the All Kids Swim program this past summer. Lindsay, their mom, says, “I am fortunate to have found a program that my entire family can benefit from.… Read more »
The Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention (SLLP) program is a six week summer program that helps first and second graders from low-income families get on track to read at grade level by third grade. It is a literacy-based program that also includes enrichment and family activities to support the children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth. Mia Noelia is a… Read more »
Since 1993, Al has impacted kids’ lives through his hard work and dedication as a volunteer youth sports coach. For Al, the Y has been a place where he’s helped young kids learn the importance of the Y’s core values – caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The Y fits his own coaching philosophy that emphasizes passion, teamwork, skill building, and enjoyment… Read more »
The youth and government program is one of our movement’s leading youth initiatives. For many years, youth and government delegations from across the country have taught teenagers the inner workings of our government and political systems. Students write, sponsor, and debate bills at local, state, regional, and national levels. Our YMCA has about 40 young people in the youth and government… Read more »
Jessie and her daughter have been YMCA members since 1983 when Jessie brought six-month-old Emily to ‘Mommy and Me’ classes. While her children were growing up, Jessie taught swim lessons at the Ott branch and the family connection deepened. Even today, they enjoy the water and use the Y pools. They embrace the YMCA’s family friendly atmosphere and appreciate the… Read more »
Nura and her family began their long history with the Y in 1994 when she was seeking a safe place for her three children, Hanad, Amina and Hassan. At the time however, the family didn’t have the resources to send them all to summer camp. Thanks to the annual fundraising campaign, the Y was able to offer scholarships for… Read more »
Tri Y is excited to partner with groups like Camp Corral, Operation Purple, and the Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen’s Fund so children from military families can enjoy an exceptional camp experience. These special weeks of traditional overnight camp celebrate our military community and give campers the chance to just be kids. This year was MJ’s first time attending Operation Purple;… Read more »
For Omar, the Y is more than a gym, it is his motivational support. Omar decided to take his health more seriously and started attending the YMCA 3-5 times a week. In a year he lost more than 90 pounds! At the Y, Omar finds the motivation he needs to keep coming back day after… Read more »
Marcia was born and raised in Chile. Through a special bilingual program at her YMCA there, Marcia was offered a chance to volunteer in the Unites States. The volunteering opportunity was working with children at the Y. Marcia taught the children how to speak Spanish and about different cultures. Through this work Marcia learned how… Read more »
Fred has nine siblings who all developed type 2 diabetes. Fred thought he was destined to the same fate until he found and joined the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. Fred attended classes weekly, kept track of his diet, and started working out at the Y three times a week. Fred said, “I learned so much… Read more »
The Y offers a variety of experiences to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve our community’s health and well-being, and support those in need. At only two years old Lily experienced a life changing tragedy. Afterwards, Lily was unable to talk, had social anxiety, and was not eating. A friend told Sherry… Read more »
Bettye has been involved with the YMCA since the early 1940’s. For Bettye, the Y has always been there for her, it helped shape her life from the start. The Y is a positive and stable place for her to go. She learned how, despite the difficulties of her upbringing, to have a positive attitude… Read more »
Julie, a retired school teacher, always believed in living a healthy lifestyle. She joined the Y in 2003 and over the years she became more involved. Today she volunteers by teaching exercise classes and by raising funds for our annual campaign. She discovered the YMCA embraces their mission and core values daily and always made… Read more »
Kelly is a beautiful, bright-eyed, easy-to smile young woman; Kelly also happens to have Down syndrome. Kelly took Karate classes at the YMCA this past Fall, works out with a personal trainer three times weekly, as well as swims at the Y a couple of afternoons a week. Since the moment she walked into the… Read more »
When I was younger going on vacation or on a day trip meant visiting one of our national parks. Whether it was climbing rolling hills of pure white sand or walking through a forest of pine trees or hiking to see the petroglyphs and Indian ruins, my family visited a national park for all our… Read more »
Noah is so excited to be a part of All Kid Swim! The transformation from the afraid look to one of confidence has been unbelievable to witness as a parent. Noah can float on his back and on his stomach and has even said he was going to teach his mom how to swim! He… Read more »
From the time we take our first steps as children, walking becomes such an important part of our lives that we often take it for granted. As a way to enjoy nature, get the blood moving, or just get from one point to another, for many people, walking is an easy and free way to… Read more »
Research has shown that exercise is beneficial to our older population in many ways. Not only does it help with balance, chronic disease prevention and improved flexibility, but it also improves cognitive ability, memory and mood. Add in the activity of play with our younger generation and you have a perfect combination of physical and… Read more »
The Y is more than a gym, it’s a cause. The Y has been helping the people of Pima County reach their fullest potential for over 100 years. Kristina had been a distance runner for 30 years when she learned that she would never run again. Kristina’s knees, frayed and worn away from severe arthritis,… Read more »
The Y is more than a gym… it’s a cause. The Y is a charity dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For thirteen-year-old Rayne, the Y is where she’s grown up. The Y is the start of her future. At 13, Rayne has big dreams for her future and a clear path… Read more »
The Y is a charity that helps its neighbors learn, grow and thrive. From A to Z, the Y offers a variety of experiences to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve our community’s health and well-being, and support those in need. When he was two years old, Trejan was diagnosed with Type… Read more »
The Y is more than a gym… it’s a cause. For 100 years, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has been helping the people of Pima County overcome obstacles and unleash their fullest potential. For Derrick, the Y has saved him from the damaging physical effects of a neurological disease. The Y gave him hope, where… Read more »
The YMCA is more than a gym….it’s a cause. From A to Z, from camp to confidence, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has been helping our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for 100 years. The thousands of people who support our Y cause are our greatest resource when it comes to providing experiences for youth… Read more »
Justin’s Story: The Y Building Confidence The Y is a charity that helps its neighbors learn, grow and thrive. From A to Z, from swimming to self-esteem, we offer a variety of experiences to nurture the potential of every child and teen. Born prematurely, Justin was having difficulty with physical and sensory developmental delays. His… Read more »
Manny’s Story: “Watch out World”: learning, leading and living The YMCA is more than a gym… it’s a cause. The Y is a charity dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For Manny, the Y is so much more. The Y is the start of his path to wellness and self-esteem. The Y… Read more »
Cathy’s Story: The Y: Building Strength, Building Community through Healthy Living The YMCA is more than a gym…it’s a cause. The Y is a charity dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For 100 years we’ve been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive. With programs from A to Z—from athletics… Read more »
We know real progress is only possible if we work together. We’re counting on the generous support of community organizations, donors and volunteers to ensure that every youth has the opportunity and resources to navigate through life’s challenges to become a successful adult.
When he was two years old, Trejan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His grandmother and guardian Pamela had to find a child care for him so she could continue to work. When searching for child care, Pamela continued to run into a similar response: “We are not licensed to care for a diabetic child.” Almost out of options,… Read more »
“As a parent to children with a variety of special needs, I am continually surprised by the ongoing support they receive to help them be successful at sleep away camp! One of my children required a one-on-one shadow, which camp was able to provide. Wow, what an opportunity to feel she was doing something on… Read more »
A thank you video to all those that gave to our 2013 Annual Campaign, featuring kids participating in our Summer Day and Resident Camp programs.
The YMCA values diversity, inclusion and the global community. Collectively, we use the partnerships that we have with over 120 countries to educate and assist those around the world to reach their potential. For the YMCA of Southern Arizona, the ability to integrate international dimensions into our Y programs is a critical component in maintaining… Read more »
Shannon Breslin shares how our child care program nurtures the potential of their foster children.
Because of your donation to the Y thousands of children and families will have the chance to discover their fullest potential and build a strong Spirit, Mind, and Body. Thank you!
We had a great time filming some of the Happiness at our City-wide branches, program and child care sites! Thanks to everyone who volunteered to show just how Happy we are at the Y!
The YMCA of Southern Arizona celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2014 by inducting 107 people into an inaugural Hall of Fame. Check out this video with some of our history and a few words from some of our inductees.
OUR STAFF ARE INSPIRING! Through the Annual Campaign, YMCA staff contributed enough for 3,800 kids, families and adults to grow and thrive at the Y in 2015. Thank you Y staff! Every gift matters. Everyone has a role to play. Together we achieve so much more.
This video was produced for our nomination for the 2014 Copper Cactus Awards. It provides an overview of the Y.
Daniel first came to the YMCA when he was 13 years old. He had some family issues and his grandparents brought him and his brother to live with them. Because of his past, Daniel didn’t feel very good about himself. He enrolled in our Leaders In Training program, stuck with it, and has grown to be… Read more »
I am so thankful for the YMCA and this program to help Military Families. My husband used to watch my son so I could exercise. I can’t tell you how much it helps me to be able to come and exercise and know that my son is being taken care of in a safe and… Read more »