The YMCA helping the community in many ways

Matt Stevens, volunteer; Jim Duran, volunteer; Amy Bailey, Ventura Family YMCA Executive Director and Danielle Brinkman, Board of Managers Chair attended Breakfast with Santa.

Volunteers and supporters with the Ventura Family YMCA support local people in need through a variety of charitable drives. About 600 people attended Breakfast with Santa in December, which collected hundreds of toy donations for local low-income families through the ACTION Foundation of Ventura.

The YMCA Adventure Guides, a program designed to strengthen the relationship between a parent and a child, held a food drive and created 10 baskets for families in need and donated the rest of the food to the Food Pantry. The YMCA also held a coat drive in partnership with the Rotary Club of Ventura, which brought in more than 150 coats for children and families in need.

The YMCA is introducing a new swim curriculum that accurately develops children’s swimming skills by placing them in corresponding stages that best match their age and ability.

This new curriculum will detail what stage each child should begin at and give information on what they will learn as well as the pathways they can lead into as they progress.

“The Ventura Family YMCA is proud to offer instruction in a skill that is not only fun, but also saves lives,” said Brie Young, Aquatics Director.

In the “Swim Starters” classes, accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers will learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety instruction for more than 100 years. The Ventura Family YMCA offers a variety of programs to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, while feeling healthy, confident and secure in the water.

Registration for the swim classes is open. Cost to join is $30 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members. Financial scholarships are available .  For more information, contact Brie Young, Aquatics Director at  642-2131 or

Beyond instruction, the Y also provides recreational, competitive and specialty aquatics programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, water safety and rescue and water sports.

The YMCA is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. To learn how to get involved with the Ventura Family YMCA, visit or call 642.2131.


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