At the Y, we work hard daily to make an impact in the community, and the payoff is immeasurable! We hear amazing stories every day about how people’s lives have been changed at the Y. We want to be able to share these powerful stories.

Do you have anything you would like to share with others? Thoughts to consider:

The challenges the Y helped or is helping you to overcome
How a Y activity or staff person made a difference in your life
How volunteering gave you the opportunity to do good
Why you donate to the Y
What activities were made possible to you by someone’s generous donation to the Y

Often when people think of the YMCA, they think of our focus on health and compare us to a local gym. If you’ve been involved with the Y, you know we are so much more than that. Through your story, we can share with others how the Y is accessible to everyone, and how we positively impact the lives of children.

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Disclosure: By submitting my story, I hereby give the Channel Islands YMCA and its affiliates permission, at no charge, to use my story, including any and all text, quotes, photographs and other content, and additional photos and videos procured by the Channel Islands YMCA for marketing, in any medium, for any purpose consistent with the Channel Islands YMCA’s charitable mission. I give my permission for any of the above to be used in any form of marketing, including but not limited to in-branch, website, social media, mass media, direct mail, outdoor, in any area reached by the Channel Islands YMCA, including but not limited to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Further, I represent and warrant that my story is true and correct, that I have obtained sufficient releases from all persons whose name, portrait, or picture is featured in any text or images in my story, and that my story does not infringe or otherwise violate the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or publicity rights of any other person. The Channel Islands YMCA may follow up on my story submissions for more information during the selection process. I represent that I am over the age of eighteen (18) or that I am the parent or legal guardian of the minor child(ren) submitting this story and that I have read the foregoing and fully understand its contents. The Channel Islands YMCA is committed to protecting your privacy and will not disclose your personal information to any third party without consent.

I am the Y


In high school, I played a lot of sports. I stopped, but I still wanted to be fit – that’s why I joined the Y. …

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I met two wonderful women in my 6am workout classes. We started riding bikes and doing ocean swims outside of our Y classes. We all …

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I love yoga. I probably do yoga at least 5 times a week at the Y. I have a history of respiratory problems, pulmonary issues …

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