A group of 11 local teens in grades 6-12 recently went to Big Bear Mountain Resort to hit the slopes and enjoy some healthy outdoor activities with the Santa Barbara Family YMCA. The Snowboard Camp provided a chance for the youth to meet new friends and gain experience. Some of the attendees had never been to the snow before and were bursting with excitement and energy.
“Going to the mountains and giving the teens a chance to explore can open up their perspective to the beauty of the natural world,” said Gabriel Osollo, Youth, Teen and Family Director at the Santa Barbara Family YMCA. “Engaging in physical activities like skiing and snowboarding demonstrates ways of staying active by having fun.”
The positivity generated by outdoor activities with good friends and community can profoundly affect a child’s self-esteem and position them for greater success later on in life. The Santa Barbara Family YMCA seeks to foster development with a variety of opportunities for community engagement.
Youth programs include Youth & Government, PILOTS (Progressive Individual Leadership of Teens), sports, summer camps and so much more! Like all Y programs, youth programs are open to all, with financial assistance available.
To learn more about how to get involved with Youth and Teen programs at the YMCA, contact Gabriel Osollo at Gabriel.Osollo@ciymca.org or by calling (805) 687-7727.
About the Channel Islands YMCA
Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Family Youth Center, and My Home.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, visit http://www.ciymca.org/santabarbara/or call (805) 687-7727.