Updated April 4, 2019

Mission Valley Digital Studio at Mission Valley YMCA offers a learning environment outfitted with high-tech tools for mixing and editing music, developing video projects, creating art and more.

The project is sponsored by Cymer, Inc., the world's leading supplier of light sources used by chipmakers to create advanced semiconductor chips.

Mission Valley Digital Studio provides a safe, out-of-school learning opportunity for students from under-resourced communities. The Digital Studio is the first of its kind in San Diego. It serves as an after-school outlet where local youth can tap into their passions and develop skills in a learning environment outfitted with high-tech tools for mixing and editing music, developing video projects, creating art and more.

The studio features professional-quality equipment provided by Cymer, including a total of 16 computers — HP desktops and Apple iMacs loaded with the latest video editing and music studio software — digital video equipment, and a small music recording studio.

Open Studio Hours

Currently our studio is open Mondays from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm, Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. Members may use the desktops, software, and equipment provided by Cymer.

Next Gen Institute

June 24-August 16, 2019
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Attention high school students entering their freshman to junior years! We’re now accepting applications for the 2019 Next Gen Institute summer program at Mission Valley YMCA!

Learn digital video and music production, graphic and web design, robotics and other valuable workplace skills such as problem solving, resume writing and teamwork. Not only is this eight-week summer program COMPLETELY FREE but upon successful graduation you will receive up to a $100 STIPEND!

To Apply

Fill out the application and submit it by Friday, May 17, 2019.
Application for Alumni Participants of Next Gen Institue
Application for New Participants of Next Gen Insitute
Submit applications to Hanna Jensen by dropping it off at the Mission Valley YMCA Welcome Center or email [email protected].


Classes and Programs for Youth & Adults

Classes are ongoing, and not all are offered at the same time. To see what's currently being offered and to register, use our Program Finder.

  • Computer Basics - Age 18+
    One-on-one, hour-long sessions with our instructor, emphasizing basic computer literacy and troubleshooting your desktop, laptop, tablet and/or phone.
  • Youth Photoshop Workshop
    Learn the basic layout of the program as well as the tools necessary to get you working in Photoshop! We’ll cover tools like the pen tool, the quick selection, magic wand, and paint brush. You’ll also learn techniques like how to apply layer styles, build a 3D globe, and basic photo manipulations. Computers and handouts provided. Basic computer knowledge is required.Learn the basics of Photoshop.
  • Adult Photoshop Workshop
    Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop through graphic projects and photo manipulations. This class covers the basic tools like brush, crop, magic wand, and pen. We also cover basic photo adjustments like cropping, color balance, burning, and healing tools. Computers for course and handouts provided. Basic computer knowledge required.
  • Robotics at Cymer
    Beginning Level - Ages 8-12
    Our beginner Build-Me course is just that, the beginning! This course is designed for aspiring robot builders, coders, and all those tech-y. We’ll cover the basics of the EV3 Mindstorms robot using the Education build version. Students will learn how to program basic functions like moving, stopping, and turning before moving on to using the Color and Touch sensors to navigate a maze and other challenges. Computers and EV3 Mindstorms robots provided. Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge such as using a mouse, double clicking, and typing.

    Intermediate Level - Ages 8-15
    Our Intermediate Level Build-Me Robotics course takes the concepts taught in the Beginner course and expands on them. We’ll learn two brand new sensors (the Ultrasonic and Gyro) and how they work with more complicated builds. This course will also cover programming your Blocks, utilizing the Medium Motor, and completing challenges like mazes and soccer rounds. Computers and EV3 Mindstorms robots provided. Basic computer knowledge required. Prerequisites: Build-Me Beginner Level course OR prior EV3 Mindstorms use via school, First Lego League, or LEGO clubs.
  • Video Editing Workshop
    Ages 10-17
  • Illustrator Workshop
    Ages 12+


For more information about Cymer Digital Studio, contact Hanna Jensen at [email protected] or 619-298-3576