Parent Involvement

Join the Parent Advisory Council!

Parents are encouraged to participate in the Parent Advisory Council as a way to keep abreast of current issues and concerns at each YMCA Child Care and Afterschool Program Center. Parents and YMCA staff members come together to share ideas and suggestions regarding program content and quality, family activities, enrichment programs, and other items of interest.

Become a Volunteer!

Parents are welcome to attend field trips as a volunteer or to help at the program center with family events, daily activities and service projects. Parents are also invited to become a part of the YMCA Annual PARTNERS Campaign, where money is raised to provide scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to participate in Y programs.

"The staff is excellent with the kids. My son really enjoys coming. He even gets upset if I pick him up early. That is very comforting for a parent."

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Afterschool Care YMCA Stories

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The summer before Kindergarten, my son was a very introverted, shy child who was reluctant to join in group activities. We enrolled him in the Y Summer Camp program and he totally blossomed into a confident, friendly outgoing child with leadership skills!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last July. When the school year began, I found that I would undergo chemotherapy. The staff, under Tamara's leadership, was extremely supportive to me as I was sick and lost my hair and was very caring of my son. They were there to talk to him if he was sad about my illness and we all worked through the various phases of chemo together. I could not have asked for a better care situation for my son... and for me!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Stephanie Settles - Camp Oakes

   
 

Camp Oakes is more than just having fun. Camp is where it can help you in life, teaches you the 7 pillars, and overcome your fear. When I first came to camp I was scared of the rock wall, but I came the next year and I touched the bell. I was so excited that I overcame my fear. Camp is so fun! Camp is like my life. I make good friends like Catrina Falencki. I love camp!

Stephanie Settles
Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care

Andrea Vigil - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - MISSION VIEJO FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The YMCA is a great place to work because my daughter is welcomed in the Kid Zone. It's a big family and everyone is so nice to me and Loren. I normally have trouble making friends; I haven't made a true good friend in several years but after a month of working at the Y, I have made more friends than ever. They are just not friends, they're family!!!!

Andrea Vigil
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - MISSION VIEJO FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

It has been a great experience for all my kids. They have really enjoyed their time and the staff is great at engaging the kids. I love that they work on homework and learn cooking and exercise.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Christina Kollias - BENSON FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like the YMCA because after I finish homework I get to play. I also like the YMCA because at play time outside we sometimes play baseball.

Christina Kollias
BENSON FAMILY YMCA

Karina Ruiz - SMITH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like to work at Smith YMCA because I have a great boss that would help me and others. I also like it because I like helping kids. I think the YMCA is a great place for kids to come because they get to meet friends and learn the 6 pillars and other fun things they have at the YMCA. My memories from the YMCA is when a child ask me how to spell YMCA; I thought it was funny and cute. I came back because I love my job. The YMCA had showed me how to help families out.

Karina Ruiz
SMITH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like that the staff's attitude is the same whether parents are present or not. I also like that when a problem arises the staff feel confident in how to address the issue.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Alan - AFTERSCHOOL CARE

   
 

I love the YMCA because they make me strong and they help me with my homework. We go on fieldtrips. My name is Alan Morales and I'm 8 years old, I've been in the YMCA for 2 years.

Alan
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE

   
 

The reason why I work for the "Y" KidZone is because I love the kids that we look after. I have grown a strong connection with all the different children. I know we make these kids happy and strong which makes me happy to be here when I work.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE