A Great Place to Learn and Play

Welcome to Character Builders, the South Bay Family YMCA's full-day program serving students from TK* to Grade 6 at Camarena Elementary School.

Character Builders is an affordable way to ensure your child is in a safe, fun, and caring environment. Each day includes a new program or activity to help participants learn, build life skills, and develop healthy relationships — including walking field trips, healthy snacks, sports and games, art and music, homework support and more! 

How to Register

Registration for the Character Builders can now be completed and submitted online through our Community Portal. Find the site you are looking for by entering the site name in the Search Bar located in the top, left corner of the Community Portal. Registration is first come, first served.

For more information about registration, please check out our Registration Details section below.

Program scholarships are available to those who qualify — apply for a scholarship online here.



Information about Camarena Elementary School

Location and Contact Information

Hours of Operation


Before School

After School

Monday - Friday: School days

Including minimum days

6:00am - School Bell

School Bell - 6:00pm


About Our Staff

All staff leaders are selected after a thorough interview and background check process and are cleared through the Community Care Licensing office of the State of California. Our staff has units in child development and a desire to be a great role model for your child and demonstrate YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Miriam Martinez, Program Director | [email protected]

Business Center | [email protected]

Fees for Character Builders at Camarena Elementary 2024-2025

Fees are paid monthly for the month of service. Fees include all minimum days. No make-up days will be allowed due to illness, vacation or holidays. All rates are based on the weekly rate times the number of weeks school is in session per month (see payment schedule for monthly totals based on the CVESD Calendars). View monthly rate sheet.





Before and After School
5 Days
$179/week $166/week $157/week
Before and After School
3 Days
$118/week $110/week $104/week
Before School Only
5 Days
$72/week $67/week $63/week
After School Only
5 Days
$134/week $125/week $118/week


When you join the Y, the savings you receive from Character Builders significantly reduces the cost of your membership. A YMCA membership opens the door to many exciting programs designed to give your family more opportunities to spend time together and get healthy. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Y member, and join us today!


Registration Details


May 8, 2024 (For current participants and waitlist families)


May 13, 2024

Registration Fee is $100 per child for participants, members save up to 15% off.

Registration will close on July 10 for the July 24 start date. Any registrations made after July 10 will start on August 1. 

If balances are not paid on time, your child may not participate in the program.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Individual State Forms for Registration


Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions about Character Builders or the registration process, please email us!

Additional contact info is available in the About Our Staff section above. We look forward to speaking with you!