A branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

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a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

36 Hitchcock Way, Santa Barbara CA 93105, 805.687.7727

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Don't let kids and teens fall behind over the summer

All kids face gaps that can prevent them from reaching their full potential -- particularly kids living in lower income households. As a country, we must do more to bridge gaps for all youth and put them on a path to succeed.

  • Most students lose two months of grade-level math skills in the summer. The Y’s summer learning programs help to close the achievement gap.
  • Water accidents are a leading cause of serious injury for kids. The Y teaches more than a million children vital water safety and swimming skills each year.
  • Outside of school, youth don't always have a safe place to play. Over nine million young people learn and grow in Y programs supervised by caring adults.
  • Solutions to childhood obesity, lack of physical activity and food insecurity require difficult lifestyle changes. Teaching healthy habits is at the heart of how the Y supports the development of over nine million youth annually.
  • Food insecurity greatly impacts a child’s development. The Y serves five million meals and snacks during the summer to children in need. 

Please donate now to our Annual Campaign in order to help more youth “Hop the Gap.”



Our Mission Statement: The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men, women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind, and body




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