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  • 1. ALWAYS HERE FOROUR COMMUNITYExecutive Director: Robert N.Masai
  • 2. ABOUT US  YMCA(or simply the Y) stands for Young Mens Christian Association we aim to put Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy "body, mind and spirit". These three areas of development are reflected by the different sides of the (red) triangle – found in all YMCA logos.  The YMCA of Orange County is a nonprofit, charitable organization that serves the entire community.  The YMCA arrived in California with the Gold Rush and the California State YMCA Committee supported many start-up Associations over the next five decades, including those in Orange County. In the 1880s, Santa Ana businessmen founded the first local YMCA to provide programs for youth to build “…a strong body, a clear mind, and an upright moral character.” Many well-known organizations trace their roots to the YMCA and Orange County. The Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls were fostered locally by the YMCA, and Toastmasters was founded in 1924 by Ralph C. Smedley, Director of the Santa Ana YMCA. During World War II, the Santa Ana YMCA gymnasium was used by Santa Ana College and the USO. For years, the swimming pool served not only YMCA members but also the YWCA, the Crippled Childrens Relief Association, and youth from Juvenile Hall.  Today, the YMCA of Orange County is an association of people of all ages, incomes, faiths, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds. Everyone can feel comfortable and everyone belongs.  Our administrative office is located at:YMCA OF ORANGE COUNTY(Association Office)13821 Newport Ave., Suite 200Tustin, CA 92780(714) 549-9622(714) 838-5976 (fax)For more Information Visit Our Website at:Http://www.ymcaoc.org/
  • 3. MISSION The YMCA of Orange County puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build spirit, mind, and body for all.  At the YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by- side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.Service Goal: Our service goal is to provide people and/or young adults with theskills they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.Objectives: To service 500-1000 more members in this fiscal year. We will install 2 to 3 more facilities in our communities. We will construct 2 more summer camps. We will carry out fundraisers for the less fortunate. To provide career opportunities.
  • 4. VALUES Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility
  • 5. INPUTS We are in need of donations in order to support our scholarship programs and Our commitment to the community. We need more facilities for at-risk individuals and communities to foment growth of character development , to build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We need more program staff to maintain and aggrandize our already successful programs to meet the demands of our growing community.
  • 6. PROCESS All members have access to all of our services. Members are counseled by program staff. We provide a myriad of programs which include Camping, Swimming, Sports and Play, Afterschool Care, and Education/Leadership. We hold banquets to bring the community together in order to promote youth development. Our most recent one was a Crab-feast. We offer a full equipped fitness center and certified personal trainers for members. We enroll youth in our academic programs, such as Math, Science, and Art. We help build a strong self-esteem through encouragement of our staff and peers. We teach the youth life skills such as leadership skills and to think on their own. We create leaders.
  • 7. OUTPUTS We at the YMCA serve Orange County through six (6) Health & Wellness centers (Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, and Santa Ana) and over 50 Afterschool Program centers At our Fullerton Branch We have a membership of 4564 and counting. Our organization does not just have influence in Orange County but rather we are connected worldwide. For example one could visit a YMCA in Mongolia or Israel. At our facilities we provide a full equipped gym, track, soccer fields, basketball courts for our members. Members have the opportunities of assisting our summer camps. We provide classes such as Martial Arts, Yoga, Swimming. We distribute educational material on subjects such as Smoking, Drinking and Driving, Drugs. We have fundraising projects to donate to less fortunate communities.
  • 8. At the Y, we help people set and achieve their personal andOutcomes educational goals. They gain85% of our members will successfully confidence as they recognize the Y ascomplete their individualized programs. a place where they belong and can100% of our clients will be assisted one feel comfortable exploring newon one in their fitness training goals . interests and90% of our members will achieve theirweight loss goals. passions.85% of our academic students will We give them tools to build a high-graduate college with a four-year caliber future.degree. Our clients learn90% of members will graduate HighSchool with a High GPA. responsibility ,integrity100 more jobs in the community are social competence, and awarenessgenerated for trainers, volunteers, and appreciation for diversitycoaches positions. problem‐solving and communication skills self‐reliance and a sense of purpose.
  • 9. COMMUNITY NEEDS We at the YMCA address the issue of obesity through providing a complete gym ranging from tread-mills, to weights. In addition to this we have swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, and quarter-mile circular tracks. The percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the US has nearly tripled since the early 1970’s that means more than one in five children between the ages of 6 and 17 are now considered overweight. Obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and poor academic performance. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. We have a spiritual, educational, physical activities and after-school programs. Studies indicate that teenagers with too much time on their hands are prone to illicit activity. For that reason, We provide programs to prevent idleness and give them a sense of belonging, well- being, and to guide them on their journey towards a wonderful future. Fun and educational class are designed for individuals with special needs including: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Physical limitations, and other developmental disorders.
  • 10. CONNECTION Thinking Foundation YMCA Believes in significantly improving  We promote growth in mind, body, and spirit learning, teaching, leadership and through numerous programs. assessment practices in schools  WE believe values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Emphasizes cognitive skills  We help improve decision making skills. development, creativity, and critical  We promote cognitive development, physical well- being, social growth, character development , and reflection in order to transform leadership skills. learning, literacy, teaching and  We provide homework support, exposure to the arts, technology, hands-on activities, clubs, service leadership around the world learning and enrichment centers, Fitness & Nutrition, Art & Culture, Science, Social The main focus is of these goals is to Competence and Personal Development, Character Education, Literacy, Diversity & Cultural help students at the pre-school, K-12 Awareness, Cooking , Photography and Science. and college levels.  We believe that the youth are the future.
  • 11. CRITICAL THINKING We encourage youth to think independently and to identify a purpose for their growth and their future. We want the youth to accurately analyze what areas interest them. We want them to improve their learning , physical fitness, and spirituality. We want them to draw conclusions about their stepping stones towards a brighter future. We want them to follow intellectual standards logically. We want them to see multiple view points to put metacognitive thinking into practical daily life situations. One of our goals is to help them to understand concepts of having good morals.
  • 12. CRITICAL READING We animate our members to read well in order to learn well. Members learn in their academic courses to know what one is reading. Other courses include Critical Reading where one learns to read structurally. The student learns to preview the text in order to locate key sentences and paragraph and to focus on how they interrelate. In general, we want our members to read well in order to think outside of the box and become productive leaders , members and thinkers of our society.
  • 13. CRITICAL ACTION We make decisions on how to improve the success of our members. We actively participate in shaping our community. We replace low self-esteem by giving our members confidence and a sense of purpose. We engage in youth development in order to change lives. Members study key moral values. We monitor each and every member’s growth. We would like members to create new friendships. The staff help members discover talents and interests. We as one team achieve our goals.
  • 14. GET INVOLVED Become a volunteer today or search for career options whether you enjoy coaching kids on the soccer field or raising funds to support families in need, the YMCA needs what you have to offer. Our excellent benefits include medical and dental insurance options for full-time staff, retirement, YMCA membership, paid time for training and many opportunities for career and personal growth. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or searching for a career with us visit our website at: http://www.ymcaoc.org OR Contact us at (714) 879-9622 Where our friendly operators will gladly assist you and explicate any question you may have.
  • 15. PERSONAL CONNECTION When I was younger I use to go to the Fullerton YMCA Facility to exercise and maintain myself fit. I have a lot of respect for this organization for how it propagates high quality morals such as caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility which in turn undergirds key elements for a bright future for our community and to teach people right from wrong. Furthermore, they provide religious, academic, and athletic activities which makes a person well rounded so to speak working on the mind, body, and spirit. I can personally relate to the values of the YMCA because I am a caring person even for people not of my family, I don’t lie(I just wont tell), I respect everybody of all nationality’s and so on and I try to be a responsible adult. I also believe in working on sharpening my mind , body, and spirit.
  • 16. SUCCESS STORIES FROM YMCAMEMBERS When I became a member of the YMCA, I never imagined it would fulfill my life the way it has. I started my weight loss journey andlifestyle change in February 2010 and have lost 90+ pounds so far. Spinning class has had a huge impact on my success and I love the energy that Ihave now. Words can not express how much the support and encouragement that I receive from other members and the YMCA staff mean to me. Myexperience at the YMCA has truly been life changing. “My daughter graduated from Youth Chance High School some seven years ago.” it was the happiest day of my life. She had been to five high schools, in a gang and somehow I found Youth Chance. She had a mentor, a job and wonderful people aroundher. It took her three years to complete her GED. It was the first time she had ever hung in there and finished anything. I owe my daughter’s life to Youth Chance and I’ll never forget what they didfor her and for me.” I am very active, playing Bridge, enjoying all kind of lectures, having almost daily lunch. The most important activities are in the swimming pool and the gym. I am 88 years oldand my belief is that these kinds of activities are prolonging my life and making me healthier, stronger, and feel better and younger. I am not a rich man, but for all the help I am getting thanks toattending the YMCA, I certainly will make a cash gift for the YMCA in my will." Jacob - Member since 1984 "Due to a recent work injury, we were in need and were granted a family reduced membership. The greatest benefits are seen in my 9 year old. The Y offers him a well-rounded program such as swimming, basketball and new activities like wall climbing and camping. A scholarship was granted to our son to spend a week at the Ys camp where he met new friendsand gained more new experiences. We are truly thankful and indebted to the Y."
  • 17. The End