Mayor Garcetti Announces Free YMCA Programming and Meals for Thousands of Teens this Summer

“Get Summer” initiative offers free membership, exclusive programming for Angelenos ages 12-17 at all 26 L.A.YMCA locations

 

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that young people ages 12-17 can receive free admission to all 26 L.A. County branches of the YMCA this June and July, giving an estimated 10,000 Angelenos no-cost access to exercise facilities, academic support, enrichment activities, and employment readiness training.

In addition to offering free membership and exclusive programming for teenagers, the Y is partnering with the City and County of Los Angeles to provide part-time employment opportunities through the Mayor’s HIRE LA’s Youth campaign. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will contribute free meals for kids and teens at YMCAs within its service area.

“This incredible community partnership shows what is possible when we come together to support our young people,” said Mayor Garcetti. “For the first time, thousands of teenagers can take pilates classes, use the pool, and shoot hoops at no cost to their families. High school students can work with tutors at the Y to master all those algebra equations that can be forgotten over summer break. And if a young person is more interested in work experience than workouts, the YMCA is once again answering my call to connect our young people to job opportunities.”

The L.A. Y will begin accepting “Get Summer” enrollment at each of its branches during Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 30th.  To find the nearest LA Y visit http://www.ymcala.org/metro/locations.

“I am very excited that L.A. County is partnering with the City of L.A., the L.A. Unified School District, and the YMCA, to launch a summer of success and opportunity for our youth,” said County Supervisor Hilda Solis. “The YMCA in L.A. is truly an outstanding force for good in our communities, serving half a million Angelenos each year. The Summer Youth Jobs Initiative is just one of many ways the Y demonstrates its commitment to the health, safety, and future of our communities.”

“The commitment of the YMCA, the City, and the District is to make sure every child in L.A. has a meaningful, safe, and enriching summer,” said LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer. “Possibility, potential, and dreams don’t stop during the summertime.  This announcement means that services to support those dreams, will not take a vacation.”

Mayor Garcetti announced a goal to connect 15,000 young people to jobs this year during his State of the City address, an effort which will triple the number of youth jobs since he took office.

HIRE LA’s Youth is a key component of the Youth Workforce Development System in the City and County of Los Angeles, and a signature element of Mayor Garcetti’s agenda to strengthen L.A.’s economy.

The program provides career exploration opportunities to low-income youth between the ages of 14 and 24 — and this year, specific opportunities are targeted to foster youth, young people from families receiving CalWORKs, as well as youth on probation, youth receiving General Relief, and homeless youth. HIRE LA’s Youth will begin accepting online applications from youth ages 14-24 beginning May 4 at hirelayouth.org

ABOUT YMCA OF METROPOLITAN LOS ANGELES
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Welcoming individuals of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, the Y is committed to nurturing everyone’s potential in spirit, mind and body. No one is turned away membership due to the inability to pay. Serving Los Angeles since 1882, the LA Y is comprised of 26 branches and three resident camps that stretch across 150 miles of Los Angeles County. Through unique programs and services, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles serves nearly a half million individuals each year. For more information, visit ymcaLA.org.