2020 Healthy Kids Coalition Fund
Legal-name: Fairfield Family YMCA
Address: 4949 Atlantic Ave
City: Long Beach
Officer-title: Executive Director
Mission: Our Mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Title: Aquatics Director
Grantpurpose: We are so thankful for the opportunity to submit a grant application for The Long Beach Community Foundation, Healthy Kids Coalition in the amount of $3,000 to provide basic healthcare and safety needs for 33 underserved children through our Safety Around Water program
What-is-project: The Safety Around Water program at the Fairfield Family YMCA fits into the mission of LBCF’s Healthy Kids Coalition to “support network for students who would otherwise not have access to basic healthcare services.” Learning water safety skills is not only a basic survival need, but also keeps youth active and healthy, encourages an active lifestyle.
The Fairfield Family YMCA branch adopted and implemented the Safety Around Water in 2017. The lessons focus on granting access and lifesaving information to vulnerable families at little to no cost to the families. If awarded this grant, the Fairfield Family YMCA will be able to provide free water safety classes to 33 youth from Long Beach who otherwise could not afford to participate.
The Safety Around Water program will begin in September 2020. It will be a 4-week program for youth. Youth participants will attend class two days each week, and will receive 8 swimming lessons, 30 minutes each.
The Fairfield Family YMCA has partnered with other service-oriented agencies, schools, preschools, low-income housing developments, such as Carmelitos youth development organizations, and health providers in our area for the last several years. We have long standing partnerships which allow us to reach youth from vulnerable households, and make kids safer and healthier. Due to limited access to safe recreational facilities and physical fitness programs for youth, many Long Beach area youth rely on free programs like the YMCA Safety Around Water program to combat the risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. We will be working very closely with health providers to refer youth living with health conditions.
*This program is exiting in that we have successfully run the program in past years, it is new in that each year we seek necessary grant funding to offer this Free program to our community.
How-will-you-succeed: 80% will indicate increased physical activity through program attendance tracking and self-reporting.
75% successfully perform Swim Float Swim, the benchmark skill that the YMCA uses to assess water safety skills of our students. Children drown often because they do not have the stamina or skills to get themselves to safety, Teaching kids to turn over onto their backs to float when they feel tired or scared means they learn to prevent panic, and get themselves into a position in which they can call for help and conserve their energy!
75% will demonstrate increased knowledge of the benefits and opportunities for physical activity as measured by pre and post-testing
These measurable objectives will be recorded through pre and post testing, instructor observation, and self-reporting by participants.
After funding is expended we will continue to seek funding opportunities with foundations and individual donors; also with special events fundraisers and our annual support campaign.
Who-are-you: Founded in 1884, the mission of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is “To put Christian-Judeo principles into practice through programs that develop healthy spirit, mind, and body.” This mission is fulfilled by offering a variety of programs for all ages in three focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, including: afterschool enrichment, summer day camp, teen programs, aquatics, sports, leadership development, outdoor education, healthy lifestyles, as well as preschool and family education. An inclusive organization, the Y aims to teach the character development values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring in all of our programs. In the past year, our association was able to offer our services to over 30,000 individuals in the communities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Bellflower, Paramount, Los Cerritos, Rossmoor, and Seal Beach. The YMCA of Greater Long Beach has also been recognized by the national office of the YMCA (YMCA of the USA) as a Global Center of Excellence. Through the funding we receive from foundations like the Earl B. and Lorraine H. Miller Foundation, Marathon Petroleum Foundation, we are able to offer countless opportunities and programs to our community that otherwise would not exist.
The YMCA has served as an important catalyst for improving the health of our community. Our purpose is to promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Our CEO, branch Executive Director, and Board advocate for drowning prevention and healthy living in the community. Our CEO voices support of this work to our Y staff members, volunteers, community partners and other stakeholders. Our CEO is committed to supporting a strong and established aquatics and healthy living programs including the Safety Around Water Program at the Fairfield Family YMCA. In 2019, all four YMCAs in the Greater Long Beach Association ran a Safety Around Water program at no cost or reduced cost to families in our communities, our Executive Director and our leadership team at Fairfield Family YMCA worked hard to ensure adequate staffing, quality training for staff, access to materials like lesson guides and progress trackers, and secured partnerships to spread the word to our communities.
Aquatics Capital of America recognized the Fairfield Family YMCA as its “Organization of the Year 2019,” and aims to continue to partner with our Y to serve the community because, we can see, the need extends beyond the 33 kids we hope to serve this year, and we want to meet that need.
At the Y we believe everyone should have the chance to learn how to stay safe around water and be healthy.