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A special thank you to Laserfiche for their contribution to our Annual Support Campaign. Laserfiche has been a longtime supporter of our YMCA and the important work we do in our communities. Each year our YMCA raises funds to allow us to offer our services to everyone in our community regardless of ability to pay.
Find out the latest on what's happening at the Y!
For the third consecutive year, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach in partnership with BIKEable Communities and the Velo Allegro Cycling Club brought the joy of cycling to youth in Long Beach at Oropeza Elementary School.
Prior to the bike giveaway, all third grade students were asked to write an essay answering the following prompts; “What can I do to help my community better." and "How would a new bike help me?” During a third grade assembly, each teacher read the winning essay for their class. After the final essay had been read, a feeling of disappointment could be seen on the rest of the students’ faces. To their surprise, the auditorium curtains opened, revealing over one hundred bikes on stage and the sound of, “Everybody gets a bike!"
After several years of planning and preparation we finally broke ground on the much anticipated Bixby Village at YMCA Camp Oakes on Saturday, August 24, 2016. The expansion project will create a core of eight new cabins for year-round use and reconfigure existing cabins. The project will be completed in two phases and will be called Bixby Village in honor of Mark Bixby’s passion and vision. The groundbreaking ceremony was a celebration of all of the hard work that has already been put into this project and all the exciting progress that is about to begin. The project is in its final stages of the permitting process and should begin construction on phase one before the end of the year. We are eagerly anticipating all of the great memories and experience that these new cabins will bring to campers who visit our YMCA Camp Oakes throughout the year.
After a highly successful pilot of a Summer Teen Internship with Wilson High School in Long Beach, 18 students, ranging from grades 10-12 are now participating in a Fall/Winter Teen Internship program at the Los Altos YMCA. Being a part of the Teen Internship awards these students the opportunity to learn responsibility and gain valuable job skills. This year, the interns will play a large role in organizing and running our Annual Christmas Tree Lot. From phone calls and pre-sales to scheduling and logistics, these interns will gain all the necessary skills needed to start and manage a business. In addition to learning how to run a business, the Fall/Winter interns will also participate in mock interviews, which will not only prepare them for job and/or college interviews, but will develop them into confident and well-spoken leaders.
It's official! The Community Development branch has a new place to call home. With a larger space for youth, dedicated areas for every program and a spacious outdoor area; our new location will allow us to better serve the community and increase the impact of our programs. Come visit us at 820 Long Beach Blvd and check it out!
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach wants to thank Laserfiche and their employees for their generous contribution to our Kids to Camp campaign over the summer. The Laserfiche employees made individual gifts which were matched by the company to help send Long Beach youth to camp. Each year the YMCA raises funds through our Kids to Camp campaign in partnership with the Long Beach Press Telegram.
The funds raised from this campaign allow young campers from the Long Beach community to have the opportunity to explore nature, try new things, and build lasting relationships, which for many would not be possible without the financial assistance provided through this campaign. Laserfiche and its employees have been generously supporting this program for the past three years and have helped to send over 35 kids to YMCA Camp Oakes for a week of fun, friendship, and learning.
Photo: L to R: LBYMCA CEO, Alfredo Velasco, Laserfiche Senior Manager, Laura Victoria and LBYMCA Director of Development, Rebecca Nelson
Today the Y-USA and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach launched a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief. In the greater Long Beach area, we have thousands of kids like “Zoe”. They too, have the potential to run for President in 2064 or sooner. Some are facing overwhelming odds and are struggling to reach their potential. At this moment, society faces increased learning gaps, difficulty spending quality family time together, declining outdoor activities and escalating income gaps... but where society falls short, the Y- and donors like you – step in.
Together, we make a difference in the lives of thousands of kids in our Long Beach and surrounding communities. With your support and through Y development opportunities, they will be poised to be the leaders of the future. From early education to career readiness, the Y gives all kids the opportunities they need to one day be president (if they want – no pressure!).
Bikes For Kids
December 21, 2015
For the second year in a row we participated in Bikes for Kids, a joint effort between Velo Allegro Cycling Club, BIKEable Communities and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach to bring the joy of cycling to youth in Long Beach.
Special thanks to Principal Clarissa Tolentino, Wilson Pullano, Alvaro Rodriguez, and everyone who helped make this year's Bikes for Kids a memorable day for 180 third graders at Roosevelt Elementary School.