YMCA Impact Tours


Tour A: YMCAs Reborn! Hard Hats, Fresh Paint and an Express Y

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, La Jolla Family YMCA & Shepherd YMCA Firehouse

Sponsor: Total Gym
Wednesday, April 26
8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fee:  $35 includes transportation and refreshments (Advance sign-up and fee required)
Special Note: Closed toe comfortable shoes are recommended and hard hats will be required at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA location.
Since 1943 the YMCA has served the ethnically diverse southeastern San Diego community plagued with high drop-out rates, unemployment rates, and poverty levels and where 52 documented gangs operate.  In the mid-1970s, during a period of racial unrest in San Diego, local students were instrumental in renaming their “Southeast YMCA” to the Jackie Robinson Memorial YMCA.  A neutral ground and a safe haven for youth and adults, the time had come for change.  The “Safe at Home” capital campaign has raised over $26M to demolish and launch the first phase to build a brand new Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in its original location along with restoring Chollas Creek that flows through this beloved community institution.  On July 11, 2016, Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres dedicated the All-Star Complex at this Y namesake to Jackie Robinson as one of its Legacy Initiative Projects.  This may be a hard hat tour but it’s guaranteed to touch your heart. 

Miles apart in demographics but connected in cause and vision, the La Jolla Family YMCA nestled in an upper-class seaside community, is nearing completion of its own capital campaign.  The current facilities were built for previous generations and for entirely different purposes.  Renovations will include a new aquatic center, expanded program areas, a new intergenerational center, new wellness center and group exercise studios, community center, smoothie bar and indoor outdoor patio, as well as nutrition kitchen and more.  Once completed in 2017, it will be renamed the Dan McKinney Family YMCA.  Learn how the La Jolla Family Y remained open for 2 years throughout a $19M construction and renovation period and their creative communication campaign to members.
The Shepherd YMCA Firehouse is a historical landmark in La Jolla's historic district. The original structure built in 1913 was a City Hall, city jail, and fire station. In 1976, Fire Station 13 relocated and in the mid-1980s, the La Jolla Family YMCA launched a capital campaign to renovate the building, turning it into a satellite branch. Since then, the YMCA at the Firehouse has grown to serve more than 4,300 people each year with a variety of wellness and youth development programs. 

Tour B: YMCA Camp Surf

Sponsor: CampMinder
Wednesday, April 26
9:15 am – 3:30 pm

Fee:  $45 includes transportation and lunch (Advance sign-up and fee required)
Calling all Camp Professionals and anyone who likes sand between their toes!  For a sneak peek visit www.camp.ymca.org.
The YMCA of San Diego County Overnight Camp Branch is comprised of three fantastic facilities.  Camp Marston, nestled in the mountains near Julian, CA, is the oldest organized youth camp in the county, serving children and families for 95 years.  Nearby Raintree Ranch is a specialty camp focused on horseback riding. Camp Surf is located 70 miles to the west at Imperial Beach.
We hope you will join us on this a one-of-a-kind tour of YMCA Camp Surf. Located on 45 acres with a quarter-mile of beach front, this Y treasure serves over 12,000 participants annually.  Our visit includes lunch, a photo tour of Camps Marston and Raintree, an address by Y-USA Camping Specialist John Duntley, a Guided Networking Session sharing best practices in overnight camping and a short presentation by Tour Sponsor CampMinder.  We can’t wait to share our sun, sand, and Camp Surf with you!  Don’t forget that sunscreen!

Tour C: Thrilling Performance from a "Family" of Ys

Copley-Price Family YMCA, Mission Valley YMCA and Krause Family Skate & Bike Park

NOTE:  This tour was cancelled on March 16, 2017 due to insufficient enrollment.

Wednesday, April 26
10:45 am – 3:30 pm

Fee:  $40 includes transportation and lunch (Advance sign-up and fee required)
The Copley-Price Family YMCA opened its doors in January 2015 moving just a mile from its previous location (of 56 years) in one of San Diego’s most diverse and fragile communities. It now borders an upper-middle class community and has been extremely successful in bringing these diverse neighborhoods together while providing needed services. Learn how this special partnership has grown into an amazing Silver LEED certified facility with a 300 space parking garage, aquatic center, community meeting room, demonstration kitchen, preschool, 7,500 square foot fitness center and outdoor multisport arena – meeting the needs of a community where 36 different languages are spoken.
It has been more than 25 years since the Mission Valley YMCA opened the doors of its main facility in the heart of San Diego. From humble beginnings, it is now one of San Diego's leading providers of fitness, health, and recreational programs. Featuring indoor and outdoor pools, wellness center, group exercise space, child watch, kids club, teen center, gymnasium and soccer field, the Mission Valley Y serves 20,276 members in a mostly middle income community.
The place for skateboarding, in-line skating, scooters and bikes - the Krause Family Skate & Bike Park is the only supervised skate park in the city of San Diego. With the only Skatercross course in the world, thye hosted the first nationally recognized event shown on ESPN in July 2016. With new rails, jump boxes, gaps, quarter pipes and skate lite, our park is second to none for skateboards, BMX, roller blades and scooters and provides a fun and positive environment for children and adults to come and participate in extreme sports. And you just never know who might show up!

Tour D: YMCA Home for Migrant Youth in Tijuana, Mexico (aka A Hot Topic Live!)

Saturday, April 29
8:45 am – 5:00 pm (approximate return time*)

Fee:  $50 includes transportation, lunch and tour guide (Advance sign-up and fee required)
Required:  Attendees must bring their passport valid through November 1, 2017 or later AND send a copy of it to NAYDO International Liaison Mary Tikalsky at mary.tikalsky@ymca.net no later than April 1, 2017.
Social responsibility in action! Visit the YMCA Home for Migrant Youth in Tijuana, Mexico, as well as a few other important areas across the border for an eye opening experience on the migration phenomenon. Twenty six years ago YMCA Mexico decided to intervene in a new social challenge that was affecting children and youth on Mexico’s north border. The YMCA of Mexico, supported by local US and Canadian YMCAs, has operated a network of YMCA Homes that provide safe shelter, food, psychological support, legal aid and family reunification services to migrant youth. This YMCA program is now considered a model by the Mexican and US governments and several humanitarian organizations that work along the US/Mexico border. To date, the YMCA Homes for Migrant Youth have served more than 68,071 children and youth. If you are unable to participate in this tour which requires a Sunday departure from the hotel, bring a donation of shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, or any toiletry item to the Host Y Hospitality Center for the Tijuana YMCA’s Migrant Youth Home.
* While the border tour, visit to the YMCA Home for Migrant Youth, lunch, etc. will be completed mid-afternoon, crossing the border to get back into the United States can take a great deal of time and exact return time cannot be guaranteed. Waiting time on the bus at the border will allow the opportunity to discuss the tour and services provided so it will be put to good use.  Saturday evening flights should not be booked if you are taking this tour.