YFS was formed in 2001 as an independent social services branch of the Channel Islands YMCA. YFS currently operates four core programs that provide a continuum of care to underserved at risk youth, young adults and families experiencing homelessness, neglect and abuse in the greater Santa Barbara area. Youth, young adults and families that participate in our programs experience greater safety and well-being while they develop skills and lasting relationships to improve their resilience and build a successful independent future.
As a leading nonprofit, the Y is committed to strengthening communities throughout the nation. Your local Y seeks to fill gaps in community services and develop activities, strengthening communities across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Y has the presence and partnerships to promise and deliver lasting personal and social change.
Believing that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, the Y nurtures potential and brings people of diverse backgrounds together. The Y has local presence and national reach, mobilizing local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
Be a part of an organization that cares.
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.
Strengthening the community is our cause. A cause is defined as a principle or movement that, because of a deep commitment, one is prepared to defend or advocate. We have a deep commitment to the communities we are in and work tirelessly to make each a better place for all.
We’re a spirit, a movement and a cause. Our members join us because they believe in our cause and the values we stand for—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Areas of Focus
The Y is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.
Youth Development – Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and lifelong achievement.
With so many demands on today’s families, parents often need additional support. Child care at the Y is about more than looking after your kids. It’s about nurturing their development, providing a safe place to learn, developing healthy, trusting relationships, and building self-reliance. The Y offers children and families water safety skills, sports, play time, educational and leadership development activities, and life-changing camp experiences as well as daily care.
Healthy Living – Improving the nation’s health and well-being
The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance of the spirit, mind and body, the Y encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports and shared interests, to achieve greater health and well-being for the whole person.
Healthy living is so much more than simply being physically active. It’s about creating and maintaining a harmony of spirit, mind and body. At the Y we can help you work toward that balance by providing opportunities to learn a new skill, make personal connections with new friends, work toward better health, or bring your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside and the outside.
Social Responsibility – Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
The Channel Islands YMCA has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs since 1887. Through the Y, thousands of volunteers, donors, leaders and partners across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are empowering others to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Together, we are committed to providing opportunities for kids, adults, families and seniors to give, join and advocate for stronger communities. Our existence depends upon the generosity of members utilizing their time and resources for the benefit of others. Strong relationships with our passionate and cause-driven members and supporters enable us to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues, including child welfare, education and public health. Consider how you might get involved as an advocate, a volunteer or a donor.
Here at the YMCA, we are committed to the highest ethical standards of a public charity. The Channel Islands YMCA, an association of seven YMCAs, is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. We are governed by, and accountable to, an independent board of directors of community leaders and volunteers. Whatever you give to the YMCA, and whenever you give it, you can rest assured that your donation will be in good hands. For more information on what makes the Y a charity, please click here.
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