The YMCA in Escondido

TRANSFORMING LIVES AND THE COMMUNITY

CEO Todd TibbitsWe nurture a healthy spirit, mind, and body so all can thrive. What we offer and how we deliver it represents our community’s voice, diversity, experience, and needs. The pandemic may have forced us to change our path, but our destination will always remain the same — to be the catalyst to transform lives and communities. The Y has served the Escondido community for over 50 years and will continue to be here within and beyond our walls for years to come.

The Y is committed to serving the health, well-being and development of youth, from elementary school into young adulthood. We remain committed to providing services and programming in the Escondido community and look forward to working with you and area families to determine how to best partner going forward. Read the full message (PDF) from Todd Tibbits, CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County. (PDF)

WE ARE PRESENT AND COMMITTED

The Y's presence in the Escondido community is not defined by the confines a building. From transitional housing housing for youth to child care to day camp, the Y will continue to find opportunities to serve this vibrant community. View a summary of our impact — PDF in English or in Spanish.

family enjoying picnic in park

MARCH 2020

  • Palomar Family YMCA facility closed due to COVID-19, but the following programs and services remained open:
    • Child care payment assistance
    • Child care provider training
    • Expanded Learning Programs
    • Virtual programming
    • Counseling services

APRIL 2020

  • Transition-age youth services re-opened

JUNE 2020

  • Free day camp
  • Free summer Expanded Learning Programs

AUGUST 2020

  • Gymnastics re-opened
  • 14 Expanded Learning Programs and Character Builders programs re-opened in Escondido Union School District

APRIL 2021

  • Lincoln apartments grand opening

MAY 2021

  • County of San Diego COVID-19 community vaccination site

SUMMER 2022

  • Gymnastics camp
  • Parent's Night Out events
  • Birthday parties
  • Expanded Learning Programs, including before and after school

LINCOLN APARTMENTS

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR YOUTH

YMCA Youth & Family Services housing programs give youth facing housing instability immediate access to a home and intensive support services that help them thrive and move toward self-sufficiency. More than 70 young people and their dependent children live at this complex on Lincoln Street in Escondido.

Support provided by YMCA Youth & Family Services can be the difference between a life of stability and wellness or one of chronic stress and uncertainty. Buildings like this one in Escondido are a critical component of the Y’s innovative service model and will allow for increased impact in youth’s lives. Learn more about this project and how you can get involved.

YOUTH SPORTS

SKILL BUILDING FOR YOUNG PLAYERS

Starting in October 2022, the Y is conducting free basketball and volleyball clinics for youth ages 5-17. Our programming is geared toward strengthening a child's individual skills while developing an understanding of the game and a sense of teamwork. Our youth sports clinics develop these important qualities in a setting that encourages fun and healthy, age-appropriate competition. Download information about monthly youth sports clinics (PDF).

ROOTED IN COMMUNITY

SHEDDING LIGHT ON YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing the San Diego community. We are charged with the responsibility of ensuring our entire community has access to basic needs such as food, clothing and a safe place to sleep. In November 2021, we held a series of events during National Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention Month to shed light on youth homelessness and ways in which we can be active participants in ending it. Our team held a rally to lift up the voices of young people. We marched from the TAY drop-in center to Escondido City Hall. Learn more about the Rooted in Community campaign.

STRONG MINDS AND BODIES

GYMNASTICS AT THE Y

Some 500 young gymnasts find strength, skills and fun learning gymnastics at the Y. We are proud to share that, after a two-year wait, in June 2022, the Rancho/Palomar gymnastics team traveled to Toledo, Ohio, to compete in the YMCA Nationals Gymnastics meet. Watch this short video documenting the team's preparation and excitement leading up to the competition.