On March 25, 2015, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles' Urban Council launched its Cradle to Career Success Initiative. In partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the largest undertaking in the history of the LA Y was unveiled. This initiative reflects the Y's commitment to strengthen Los Angeles' most underserved and under-resourced urban neighborhoods by addressing pressing academic and community needs.
"This partnership with the LA Y is an important step in helping bridge the gap for our kids in high-need communities. At a time when public funds are stretched, public-private partnerships are critical. By working together with business, government and civil society, we will make a much greater impact than any one organization or sector could hope to achieve alone. The success of this partnership stands not only to strengthen our communities, but to nurture our business leaders of tomorrow."
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Weingart YMCA Wellness and Aquatic Center serves the Florence, Watts and Harbor Gateway neighborhoods. With 350,000 youth residents, nearly one ten are gang members and 60% of freshman do not graduate high school.
Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA serves the East LA and Boyle Heights neighborhoods, which are ranked as the fourth worst areas for educational attainment in the entire country. 47% of households in these areas also live below the federal poverty line.
Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA serves the Maywood, Vernon and Huntington Park neighborhoods, which are home to California's unhealthiest children. 53% of youth living in these areas are obese or overweight and 90% families contend with a lack of licensed childcare opportunities.
Crenshaw Family YMCA serves the Crenshaw, Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park neighborhoods, where more than 45% of adults are unemployed and 32% of residences are single-parent households.
Areas of Focus
Early Learning: Prepare youth (ages newborn-4) for kindergarten by connecting caregivers and children, who lack access to formalized preschool, with interactive learning activities.
Body & Mind: Provide engaging activities that develop youth's (ages 5-12) social/emotional, cognitive and physical abilities to bridge the achievement gap caused by severely reduced public school funding.
Afterschool Clubs: Create a safe haven where teens have access to opportunities that empower them to be socially responsible, college-bound or career-ready.
Current Partners (clinical noted*):
Anthem Blue Cross
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles
Bank of America California Community Foundation
California Department of Social Services
David Geffen Foundation
Delta Air Lines
Goodwin Family Trust
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Sound Body, Sound Mind*
White Memorial Hospital*
World Centered Outreach*
Elected Officials Endorsements:
Xavier Becerra, U.S. Congressman
Kevin de León, California State Senator
Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor
José Huizar, L.A. City Councilman
Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Supervisor
Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Congresswoman
Support from partners like you will help ensure the success of this much-needed work. To learn more about our Cradle to Career Success Initiative and to get involved, contact Victor Dominguez at 323 229 2622 or VictorDominguez@ymcaLA.org.