YouSchool + YMCA of San Diego County

Supporting parents and caregivers with tools to engage children and youth during their transition back-to-school

The YMCA of San Diego County has a rich history of providing positive childhood experiences to youth in our communities. When young people have opportunities to build bonds with supportive people, try new things, discover their interests and skills, share power, and experience compassion, they develop more strength and resiliency. Our Y is committed to continuing this work with a deeper understanding of how we can create healthy environments and relationships that support young people with care and intention.

A thriving community of children and youth requires a collective approach. Positive Youth Development (PYD) is an evidence-based approach to engaging children and youth. It is rooted in the knowledge that, with guidance and support from caring adults, young people of all ages and all backgrounds can grow up healthy, and happy, and make positive contributions to their families and communities.

To bring this approach to life, we are uniting with like-minded partners to invest in the positive development and well-being of every young person in San Diego County. Together with The YouSchool, we are highlighting the importance of connection through conversation. We invite you to engage the young people in your life in conversations that will guide them toward a meaningful life and bright future ahead.



Download and Share

Prepare your kids for back-to-school with these conversation starters:

Back-to-School Cheat Sheet


Learn how to support your kids with the transition back-to-school with this instructional field guide:

Field Guide Cover


Watch and Learn

YMCA's Director of Service Innovation Kristina Halmai-Gillan, LMFT, and The YouSchool President and Chief Guide Scott Schimmel hosted two Back to School webinars for educators and families.




The YouSchool Parent Membership

The resources you need to guide your kids to self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-direction to build a meaningful life. 

What you'll get:

  • Weekly relevant conversation guides delivered to your inbox (starting mid-August).
  • 30 standalone guided discussions tied to the pillars of emotional intelligence.
  • Monthly live training workshops for parents (and recordings if you miss them- starting August).
  • Weekly podcast episodes (video and/or audio) with interviews from industry experts.
  • We're also including our Raising Well virtual parenting course on the nine core competencies every parent needs to raise a teen well into healthy adulthood.
  • We're also including our full professional development training course, For the Sake of Kids, with actionable training that will help you be more effective as a mentor and a coach to your kids.

Use this link to get a 20% discount or enter the code YMCASD20.

YouSchool for Parents


The Educator Membership

The resources you need to create intentional environments for students to connect, feel known, and grow in emotional intelligence. 

What you'll get:

  • Weekly SEL lesson plans delivered to your inbox for 36 weeks (starting mid-August)
  • Our full professional development training course, For the Sake of Kids
  • 30 more standalone SEL Lesson Plans tied to CASEL's core competencies
  • Monthly live training webinars (and recordings if you miss them- starting mid-August) 
  • Weekly podcast episodes (video and/or audio) with interviews with industry experts
  • Our virtual guided wellness course for educators, Thriving Teachers
  • The opportunity to receive a certificate in Social-Emotional Learning from the YouSchool

Use this link to get a 20% discount or enter the code YMCASD20.

YouSchool for Educators