Grant supports efforts to offer free or reduced-cost swim lessons.
The LA Y is thrilled to announce the Aquatics Department was chosen as one of 35 adult programs from the USA Swimming Foundation’s nationwide network of swim lesson providers to receive a $5,000 grant award to provide 25 Adult/Teen swim lesson scholarships. This is part of the LA Y's continued efforts to provide free or reduced-cost swim lessons across Los Angeles County.
These funds will directly fund swim lesson scholarships for the most in-need families that do not have any access to learning how to swim. YMCA Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) operates 27 branches and 20 swim facilities across Los Angeles County and teaches around 3500 individuals to swim annually and has a strategic priority on family engagement. Of participants, approximately 25% require financial assistance, and 10-15% have a caretaker that cannot swim either. It is our mission to provide water safety and drowning prevention skills to all family units within Los Angeles.
The USA Swimming Foundation vetted more than 345 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 69 youth and 35 adult programs to receive funding.
“The USA Swimming Foundation is thrilled to provide funding to 104 swim lesson providers across 29 states,” USA Swimming Foundation Senior Director of Development Elaine Calip said. “Over 14,000 individuals will now have the opportunity to learn the lifesaving skill of water safety across the country. We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners and donors who continue to make a difference in our mission of saving lives and building champions.”
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