The YMCA works collaboratively with many organizations to fulfill our mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Here are just a few of our partnerships.
Project Cornerstone is working to mobilize our entire community to shift from reacting to children and youth as problems to connecting with them so they thrive. As a catalyst for change, Project Cornerstone aims to ensure that every aspect of our diverse community - individuals, businesses, community organizations, schools and government - understand and embrace the fact that interacting with young people is important... and that every interaction makes a difference.
Learn more about Project Cornerstone.
City of Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill's Centennial Recreation Center is a unique partnership between the City of Morgan Hill and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. The YMCA provides health and fitness services to center members.
Learn more about the Centennial Recreation Center.
United Way of Silicon Valley
The United Way brings diverse people and resources together to address the most urgent issues their communities face. Through unique partnerships and approaches, the United Way mobilizes resources beyond the dollars that are pledged through their fund-raising efforts.
Learn more about the United Way of Silicon Valley.
Improving Children's Health through Afterschool Programs
Childhood obesity is ranked as the #1 health concern for children in the U.S. today and has reached epidemic proportions. The Healthy Behaviors Initiative addresses the serious health problems facing students in low-income communities throughout California and most at risk of obesity. Through its work, Healthy Behaviors is demonstrating the important role that afterschool programs can play in improving the lives and health of these children and families by addressing the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. Under the Initiative, afterschool programs are being transformed into environments that support and encourage healthy behaviors. Read more.
YMCA After School at Pomeroy Elementary in the Santa Clara Unified School District is a designated Healthy Behaviors Learning Center. Learn more about the Healthy Behaviors Initiative.
1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds
Launched by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, along with the City of San Jose, and endorsed by the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds endeavors to narrow the achievement gap in Silicon Valley by leveraging the creative energy of our workforce and residents – the world’s most innovative workforce and residents – to support our students who are struggling most in the core areas of literacy, math and science. The objective is to find 1000 caring adult volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors to 1000 K-8 public school students.
Learn more about 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds.
YMCA Activate America® is the YMCA's approach to directly address our growing health crisis in communities across the nation. Locally, Activate America works both internally with YMCA members and externally with community partners to promote healthier eating habits, more physical activity, and improved well-being in spirit, mind and body. Key partnerships include Cambie Su Vida with Dr. Dan Delgado, director of the Pediatric Weight Lifestyle Clinic, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Black Infant Health program, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s STEPS Collaborative, the Gilroy REACH Proyecto Movimiento, the Redwood City School District’s Active Kids Collaborative, East Palo Alto’s Get Fit Collaborative, the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Fit for Learning initiative, El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center, the Health Improvement Program of the Stanford Prevention Research Center’s Living Strong, Living Well program, and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Pediatric Weight Control program. Local funders include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and Kaiser Permanante. Federal funders include the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Education, JC Penney Afterschool, and the YMCA of the USA.
At the YMCA, we incorporate the Fit for Learning AfterSchool resource tool in our after-school programs in Santa Clara County. To support the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Fit for Learning™ initiative, Fit for Learning AfterSchool provides tools for after-school staff to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into their programs. Key partners include the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Kaiser Santa Clara, Greater San Jose After-School All-Stars, the Santa Clara County Afterschool Collaborative, Healthy Silicon Valley, and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Through the Carol M. White Grant awarded to the YMCA and San Jose Unified School District, we partner with the Santa Clara County Office of Education to advance the in-school Fit for Learning™ initiative by paying for teacher champion stipends at 73 schools and for the Greater San Jose After-School All-Stars to promote physical education and nutrition programming through Fit for Learning AfterSchool in 32 after-school programs.
The YMCA partners with the Mexican American Community Services Agency for a five-year community-based approach to address the health disparities that cause incidences of diabetes in the Latino community. The multi-sector, multi-generational project includes: South County Collaborative, the South County Health and Nutrition Committee, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, El Portal Charter School, St. Louise Regional Hospital, the Digital Clubhouse Network, Generations Community Wellness, Gilroy Unified School District, Project Cornerstone, Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, Mt. Madonna YMCA, Go Kids GANAS, Kaiser Gilroy/Santa Teresa, South County Housing, local businesses, grocery stores, and faith-based organizations in Gilroy. The work is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The YMCA partners with more than 170 schools and 21 school districts in Santa Clara County and Southern San Mateo County to engage thousands of young people in quality after-school education and enrichment programs, licensed school-age child care, in-school fitness, noon-time sports, after-school fitness, Youth and Government, and Project Cornerstone activities.
Since 1999, the YMCA has provided leadership to the Santa Clara County After School Collaborative. Formed as a San Jose city-wide collaborative and evolving to a county-wide scope, the collaborative brings together the diverse after-school providers and allied organizations to work on the four common goals of high-quality programs, well-trained staff, advocacy, and sustainable collaboration. Collaborative partners include the Greater San Jose After-School All-Stars, YWCA of Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose Parks and Recreation, Campbell School District, Mexican American Community Services Agency, Generations Community Wellness, Catholic Charities, Goodwill, Citizen Schools, California School Age Consortium, Boys and Girls Club, Region V Afterschool Partnership, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Healthy Silicon Valley.