To strengthen our community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential through youth development, healthy living and social
Who We Are
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social
responsibility. We’re a spirit, a movement and a cause. Members join us because they believe in us and the values we stand for—caring, honesty, respect and
What We Do
The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social
responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
How We Do It
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That’s because in communities across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, we have the presence and partnerships to both promise and deliver
lasting personal and social change.
The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities.
The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.
The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The Y has local presence and national reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.
The Y is, and always will be, 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.
Areas of Impact
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
We believe that 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 educational achievement.
Improving the nation’s health and well-being
In communities across the nation, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good
health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, thousands of youth, adults and families in our communities are receiving the support, guidance
and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
The Santa Maria Valley YMCA has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs since 1964. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being
through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through community services, or building healthier communities through collaborations with community
leaders, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Through the Y, thousands of volunteers and donors, leaders and partners across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are
empowering thousands of people in our community to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.