President & CEO
Long Beach, CA – June 10, 2013 –Alfredo Velasco has been named the 15th President and CEO in the 129-year history of YMCA of Greater Long Beach. Mr. Velasco brings over 21 years of Y experience to the Greater Long Beach community, serving most currently as the Executive Director of the Palomar Family Y in San Diego. “The YMCA is such a big part of my family, and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the community, and the staff to create a vision and plan to lead the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and realize its fullest potential as a dynamic and premier YMCA.” Alfredo grew up in the Los Angeles area, and is a graduate of UCLA, where he was an All-American place kicker on the football team.
Craig Dougherty, Chair of the YMCA Board of Directors, said, “Velasco is exactly the right person to lead our Y during this important point in our history. He brings us creativity, energy and charisma with an impressive background and track record with the YMCA.”During his tenure in San Diego, Velasco saw the membership, program and participant base double; retired an inherited operating debt in two years; and produced eight consecutive years of year-end branch operating surpluses. He was also responsible for leading and raising funds for capital expansion projects, which included a gymnastics facility, indoor roller hockey arena and aquatics complex.
Mr. Velasco enjoys competing in triathlons and traveling with his wife, and three children. He has a history of community involvement serving as the President of the Escondido Rotary Club and as the Board Chair of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. Velasco replaces Jason Hagensick who joined the national office of the YMCA after more than 10 years with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach.
About YMCA of Greater Long Beach
Founded in 1884, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has grown to be the oldest and largest youth, teen, and family serving organization in the Greater Long Beach area. Serving more than 30,000 people annually in 11 cities in addition to Long Beach (Lakewood, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Signal Hill, Bellflower, Cerritos, Paramount, Norwalk, Artesia, and Hawaiian Gardens), the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has six community branches and a 230-acre resident camp in the Big Bear area. Each branch has an active Board of Managerswith an executive director thatserves a portion of the 11-city service area. The YMCA operatesover25after school sites, mostly at public schools, and is one of the largest providersof after school child care in thecommunity with over 2,000 children attending daily. It also has 5early childcare and education programs.
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net
Busy schedules and life’s daily demands can make it difficult for parents to ensure that their children are practicing healthy habits on a regular basis. According to the YMCA's Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – less than 20 percent of the nation’s children get 60 minutes of physical activity, read books for fun, and eat at least eight fruits and vegetables every day.
On Saturday, May 4th, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®with a free community event to get more families moving, learning and living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y, takes place at 1,900 Ys and features fun, educational activities such as Fire Truck Tours, Petting Zoo, Olympic Medalist, Mobile Technology Lab, Cooking Demos, Bike Safety Station, and more.
“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, we are focusing on health and education to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity and more children succeed in school,” said Melissa Wheeler, Healthy Communities Director, YMCA of Greater Long Beach. “But it’s not just a single day of fun, active play and learning – it's a kick off to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”
During summer, many children lose exposure to out-of-school activities that keep their minds and bodies active, leaving them at risk of falling behind academically and gaining weight twice as fast as they would during the school year. Following are five ideas for activities families can begin doing now and throughout summer to stay healthy.
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach’s Healthy Kids Day event takes place at Heartwell Park on the corner of Carson and Clark in Long Beach, CA from 9:00am-12:00noon. For more information, contact Melissa Wheeler at 562.279.1664 or visit lbymca.org.
May is National Bike Month, celebrated in communities from coast to coast.
THE GROWTH OF BIKE MONTH
More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to the office. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent!
Hundreds of American communities have increased bicycle commuters by working to create a more Bicycle Friendly America, providing encouragement programs and events, like Bike to Work Day. In fact, among the 51 largest U.S. cities, 43 hosted Bike to Work Day events in 2010.
Long Beach, CA as one of the most bike friendly communities in the nation, offers various bike events in the month of May to show support. Click here for a list of events in Long Beach, CA.
MAKING THE CASE FOR BIKING
More than two-thirds of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese, costing our nation more than $68 billion in health care and personal costs annually. More than one in four kids are overweight, as well. Researchers compared the relationship between bicycling and walking travel and obesity in 14 countries, 50 U.S. states, and 47 U.S. cities, and found statistically significant negative relationships at all levels.
Bicycle commuting is a great way to squeeze regular exercise into a hectic
schedule. For a 180-pound man, a 10- mile round trip bike commute burns 400
calories; for a 130-pound woman, this same commute burns 300 calories. A study of nearly 2,400 adults found that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese, and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin levels than those who didn’t active commute to work.
According to a survey by the Transportation Research Board, more than 80 percent of bicycle commuters believe their health has improved since they started bicycle commuting. Plus, bike commuters report lower stress and greater feelings of freedom, relaxation, and excitement than car commuters.
Employers in the community benefit from a healthy, active workforce, as well. Cyclists on average take 15 percent fewer days off from work for illnessthan non-cyclists, and generally accomplish more work. There’s nothing like riding to stimulate circulation, relieve stress, allow creative thought and establish a positive attitude toward oneself and one’s environment. Many YMCA of Greater Long Beach employees commute by bike, just ask Melissa Wheeler, Healthy Communities Director.
Bicyclists are less likely to be affected by traffic congestion, too. Whether they ride on bike paths or roads, bicycles are much more maneuverable than automobiles. Wide lanes, shoulders and bike lanes provide space for bicyclists to ride right past traffic and on to work.
Savings Bicycle commuting saves on parking fees, parking tickets, fuel costs, auto maintenance costs and transit fares. According to analysis by the League, Americans saved more than $4.6 billion by bicycling instead of driving in 2012 alone.
The average annual operating expense of a bicycle is just $308, versus more than $8,000 for a car. In some large urban areas, like Long Beach it is possible to save more than $200 per month on parking alone.
And biking is good for business, too. Research in multiple cities has shown that
patrons arriving by bike visit more often and spend more money. Since the costs of employee parking sites are growing, many companies are looking for cheaper alternatives. It costs the same to build parking for 75 bikes as it does for just 4 cars!
The transportation sector is responsible for more than 70 percent of all petroleum use in the U.S., and NASA reports that motor vehicles are the greatest contributor to climate change. More bicycle use means a smaller carbon footprint.
Beyond carbon dioxide, cars are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution.
Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips. When
bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere.
Overcoming Bike Commuting Concerns
I'M OUT OF SHAPE
» Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in greater shape.
» Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work.
» You will improve your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter. For better results, train with the Y's Spinning class in addition to your daily commute.
IT TAKES TOO LONG
» The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride, the faster you will get.
» Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike.
» Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas, like Long Beach may take the same time or less as by car.
IT'S TOO FAR
» Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day.
» Combine riding and mas transit to shorten your commute.
» Ride to a coworker's house and carpool to work.
NO BIKE PARKING
» Look around for a storage area in your building or office.
» Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office.
» Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside.
All YMCA of Greater Long Beach facilities are equiped with bike racks.
MY BIKE IS BEAT UP
» Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike.
» If you can’t maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your route.
» Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you start riding.
» Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry.
» Ride home at a fast pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there.
»» Don't forget, our YMCA of Greater Long Beach facilities offer showers free to members!
I HAVE TO DRESS UP
» Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive.
» Have work clothes cleaned at nearby laundromats or dry cleaners.
» Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding.
» Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry.
» If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day.
» Take transit or drive if you don’t have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain.
THE ROADS AREN'T SAFE
» Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights.
» Wear bright clothing.
» You are at no greater risk than driving a car.
» Wear a helmet every time you ride.
I HAVE TO RUN ERRANDS
» Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity.
» Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.
» Allow extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking.
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. He grew up in Pasadena, California with his mother and four older siblings. Robinson excelled as a young athlete in high school and junior college; at UCLA he lettered in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. He left school in 1941, worked briefly as an athletic director and played semi-professional football for the Honolulu Bears before being drafted to the Army in 1942. Robinson was instrumental in opening an Officer Candidate School to black soldiers and served as a second lieutenant with the 761st battalion, but while in basic training he was arrested and court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of a bus; he was acquitted and received an honorable discharge in 1944 without ever seeing combat.
Robinson joined the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs in 1945, a team that featured such stars as Satchel Paige and Buck O'Neil. His stellar play and demeanor caught the eye of Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who signed him to play for the Montreal Royals, a Dodger farm team. In 1946, he led the International League in batting average and fielding percentage. Jackie Robinson was called up to the Dodgers and stepped across the color barrier on April 15, 1947. That year he played in 151 games, hit .297, led the National League in stolen bases and won the first-ever Rookie of the Year Award. Along the way, he endured hatred and taunts, but also found fellowship and thousands of fans as a true pioneer for civil rights.
Two years later, Jackie Robinson won the 1949 National League MVP award and by 1950 had become the highest paid player in Dodgers history. In his ten-year career, he helped the Dodgers win six pennants and one World Series. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. In 1972 the Dodgers retired his uniform number 42 and in 1997 Major League Baseball followed suit.
Jackie Robinson was an inspiration off the field as well, a noted civil-rights activist and catalyst for social change. A family man, in 1946 he married Rachel Issum, a nursing student he had met while at UCLA. Together they raised three children: Jackie Jr., Sharon and David. After he retired from baseball, Robinson involved himself in business ventures that encouraged black economic development. He became the vice-president of personnel for the Chock Full O' Nuts corporation and served on the board of the NAACP. He established the Jackie Robinson Construction Company to build affordable housing for low- and moderate-income black families. His many civic activities included work with children and adolescents, especially those involved in the YMCA.
Robinson's health began to deteriorate rapidly in the 1970s. On Oct. 15, 1972, he attended a World Series game in Cincinnati that included a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his breaking the color barrier in professional baseball. During pre-game ceremonies, he spoke of his wish for a black manager to be hired by a Major League Baseball team. Ten days later, on Oct. 24, Jackie Robinson died of a heart attack at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.
Healthy Kids Day
May 4th, 2013
While summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and grow, the sad reality is that many kids lose exposure to activities that stimulate their mind and body, causing them to gain more weight and fall behind academically. As part of the Y's Healthy Kids Day® on May 4th, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is holding a free community event to help parents begin thinking early about ways to keep their kids both physically and intellectually active this summer.
Healthy Kids Day will be held May 4th at Heartwell Park, 9:00am-12:00pm, and will feature a variety of activities such as a petting zoo, fire truck tours, cooking demonstrations and obstacle courses. In addition, Olympic Gold Medalist, Jessica Hardy and Ronald McDonald will be on hand to sign autographs and pass out goodies. For more information, call 562.279.1700.
Christian Leadership Conference
May 17th-19th, 2013
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach Christian Leadership Conference is designed specifically for YMCA staff and volunteers. During a weekend training event, workshops are conducted on a variety of leadership subjects which may include the YMCA Rag/Leather Program, the C in the YMCA, devotions, storytelling, leadership, chapel, values education and much more. A Christian atmosphere is projected without preaching a particular doctrine. Participants work with trained adult facilitators and YMCA staff. Sharing Christian values and the YMCA Mission in all YMCA programs is emphasized. The Christian Leadership Conference at Camp Oakes will take place May 17-19, 2013. To learn more call 562.279.1700.
A Fond Farewell to President & CEO, Jason Hagensick
After almost ten years with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, the past two as President & CEO, Jason Hagensick has resigned and joined Y-USA.
Jason Hagensick, Former
President & CEO, YMCA
of Greater Long Beach
Jason joined the YMCA of Greater Long Beach team in January 2003 as Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA. Over the past 10 years, he has done an outstanding job serving our association.
His new role will be as Senior Director for CEO Search with Y-USA, working closely with Y professionals throughout the Movement to identify today's leaders, develop future leaders, and advance a culture of leadership development at all levels.
The Board of Directors, led by Chairman Craig Dougherty and a CEO Transition Committee, has already begun the process to identify our Association's next CEO. Sue Baker, Senior Vice President, is serving
as Acting President & CEO in the interim.
On Friday, March 29, the 45th Annual Good Friday Breakfast continued the tradition of renewing our faith and commitment to the Y. Skip Keesal, founding partner, Keesal, Young & Logan gave the keynote address.
We give special thanks to Mike and Arline Walter, whose sponsorship has made this event possible. Thank you to all who attended, and may the Y spirit of friendship and positive community outreach fill you up today and stay with you each and every day.
Click Here, to read more in an article from Long Beach Press-Telegram.
2013 Annual Support Campaign Update
We would like to celebrate and give thanks to all of our campaigners for rallying, working hard and sharing their Y story. It has paid off with a total of $770,434 raised so far. The Y is able to strengthen communities because of our friends and partners who are committed to creating a better future.
Make a Gift Today
Visit www.lbymca.org or contact the Association Office at 562.279.1700 to learn how you can support
the Y's cause. Donate Now!
I am excited to serve as this year's Association Annual Campaign Chair. What I love about the Y is that there is a place for everyone: children in need of afterschool programs, seniors in need of a place for exercise and camaraderie, families in need of opportunities and places to connect and strengthen relationships with one another and high school students preparing for a career and college.
The campaign is our annual opportunity to raise funds so that more adults, children and families can benefit from the expansive Y programs regardless of their economic status. One of the stories that touched me is of Sandra:
As a single parent raising two boys on a limited income, Sandra dreamed of going back to school full time to become a medical assistant. She needed care for her boys in a positive, safe environment so she turned to the Y for help. Thanks to donations to our Annual Support Campaign, the Y was able to provide financial assistance for Sandra's boys to enroll in eight weeks of day camp. Meanwhile, Sandra was able to focus on her studies and graduate knowing that her son's were experiencing extraordinary moments each weekday at the Y.
Read further to see how your gifts are combined with others to make an impact right here in our local community. If you would like to help more people like Sandra, please contact Denise Desmond, Vice President of Mission Advancement or visit http://www.lbymca.org/strongkids to learn how you can support the Y's cause.
St.Mary Medical Center Grant Awards
As party of the Dignity Health Community Grants Program, the Fairfield Family YMCA recieved a grant for its Salsa, Sabor y Salud program, which provides healthy living resources for Latino families. To read more, click HERE.
"We have all grown in our public speaking, interview and leadership abilities. This program has better prepared us for college and exposed us to significant learning opportunities that cannot happen in the classroom," said Alyssa Scott, senior at Millikan High School and Delegation President.
Every summer, YMCA Camp Oakes provides the experience of a lifetime for 200 summer campers from the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and, year-in-total, will serve about 11,000 people.
The YMCA Youth Institute recently received a $25,000 grant from Southern California Edison to continue utilizing technology as an engagement tool to increase social, academic and workforce skills.
Youth & Government and YMCA Camp Oakes
The Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller
Foundation awarded $25,000 to share equally between Youth & Government providing program operating support and camperships for Long Beach kids to attend Camp Oakes.
Youth & Government meet after-school at the Fairfield Family YMCA in North Long Beach, and travels to three conferences throughout the year. The program is unique in that it has a youth-led model that allows the participants to write bills, elect leaders, and actively serve in every role from governor to lobbyist inside the actual House and Senate chambers.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.
Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered at:
Los Altos Family YMCA - 1720 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815
For more information contact:
Terry Griffin, Health & Wellness Director
email@example.com | 562.596.3394
John Blowers, Membership Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 562.425.7431
Bringing the Community Together
Want to help make Long Beach a better place to walk? Join us and learn about easy and low-cost tools for changing neighborhoods into safe and attractive places for people to walk to work, school or play!
The FREE 4-hour Workshop will bring local leaders, community members and national walking experts together to create walking paths throughout the city.
COME JOIN THE DISCUSSION!
Skater Built, Skater Approved
Keen Ramps - Safe, Strong, and Shreddable
Skateboarding offers a sense of community and improves self-esteem. Skaters continually set goals for themselves, striving to land a trick or develop their unique style. Landing new tricks and meeting goals provides a great example of how hard work, dedication and determination pay off. What better way to show today’s youth that what you set your mind to can be accomplished.
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach and Keen Ramps have joined forces to support the Greater Long Beach skate community. Skateboarding is an increasingly popular recreational activity among youth. It is a fun and healthy sport that can provide a low-impact aerobic workout.
Keen Ramps is a skateboarder owned business that puts the concern of fellow riders first. They offer pre-built ramps, other extreme sports obstacles, and even custom designed street courses and private skateparks throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region. At Keen Ramps, they are committed to offering affordable skate obstacles for all ages and skill levels. This is what they love and they want to share the passion of progressing skateboarding not only on an individual level but a cultural one as well.
For more information visit www.keenramps.com.
Race day: october 7, 2012
Want to run one of the most scenic and flat courses in California? Choose to Run Long Beach this year. Starting and finishing in Downtown Long Beach. It’s a race that can’t be missed!
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is an official charity for the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on October 7th, 2012. The event includes several different types of races:
26.2 Bike Tour Run Forest Run 5K ½ Marathon Marathon
Please contact your local YMCA of Greater Long Beach branch or call 562.279.1700 to register.
Not interested in racing? Long Beach has a great tradition of enthusiastic volunteers known as the “Race Team.” The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is looking for individuals to help be a part of this 2,000 plus-person team. To volunteer please sign up online under our group name: YMCA Long Beach at www.runlongbeach.com.
From April 15-21, 2012, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach will recognize National Volunteer Week – a time to honor individuals who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen their communities. As the Y joins the nation in recognizing and celebrating volunteers, it also encourages everyone to find ways to give back and make a difference.
“Volunteering and giving back are critical to helping more individuals and communities be healthy, connected and secure,” said Jason Hagensick, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Long Beach. “At the Y, volunteers help drive our cause of strengthening community by nurturing the potential of youth, improving the nation’s health and well-being and supporting our neighbors. The programs and services we offer to men, women and children of all ages are made possible in large part by volunteers who donate their time and talents.”
The Y, one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, offersindividuals and families opportunities to volunteer in ways that let them connect and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in communities they care about. Here in the Greater Long Beach Area, the Y’s volunteers helped build a new program at our Fairfield YMCA, coach Jr. Lifeguards at our Los Altos YMCA, raise money for our annual Strong Kids Campaign, assist in childcare programs with our Early Childhood Education branch, and much more. Many more opportunities exist for others to help make a difference.
National Volunteer Week is a great time to get involved. Here are five ways individuals can take an active role at the Y and in their community:
Each year, more than half a million people volunteer their time to the Y. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policy makers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people deserve.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, contact Melissa Wheeler at 562.279.1700 | email@example.com
Yesterday was TOMS (shoe brand) national A DAY WITHOUT SHOES. A day when we spread awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on ca child’s life by taking off our own. Why? Millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every day.
During a portion of the day our children/ staff at the YMCA Thomas Jefferson Preschool were able to take off their shoes during play. Our staff talked about how many children in the world do not have shoes and how they have to walk to school barefoot. We talked about how sad it must be for their feet and the pain it may cause. The children were exposed to the awareness of poverty which striked lots of conversations between our families with an eagerness to help. The children then painted their feet black and made a poster. We help spread the awareness.
Please visit the website http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach hosted its 44th Annual Good Friday Breakfast on Friday, April 6, 2012, 7:15-9:00 a.m., at the Long Beach Entertainment and Convention Center. As a present to the community, the Good Friday Breakfast was sponsored by local philanthropists Mike & Arline Walter, and supported by 60+ businesses, community organizations and individuals who hosted tables for nearly 700 guests. The program included inspirational Keynote Speaker, Mayor Bob Foster, a reading of the Scripture, and an uplifting live gospel musical selection. This inspirational, interfaith event provided an opportunity for business professionals and community leaders to come together to reflect on our lives, our families, our community and our relationship with God. Values at the Heart of Community – attendees shared praises of spiritual fulfillment and inspiration by a sharing of hope, love and faith.
Today the YMCA of Greater Long Beach was announced as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact ProjectFinalist and award recipient. The project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation,the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.
“We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Jason Hagensick, President and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. “This award will directly impact our ability to support those in our community who are affected by cancer. We want to offer our appreciation to those who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families in our area.”
“By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. “We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer.”
More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast and YMCA of Greater Long Beach was among the finalists. YMCA of Greater Long Beach will use the $3,500 award to launch LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA,a research-based program that offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. As part of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.
Currently LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered at 85 Y associations around the country. As a result of the Community Impact Project the YMCA of Greater Long Beach will be one of 30 additional Ys that will begin providing the program in 2012. To date, approximately 6,000 cancer survivors have participated in the program nationwide.
For more information, please contact Melissa Wheeler, Development Assistant & Healthy Communities Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562.279.1664.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people throughout the world affected by cancer. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
It is with sadness that Nien-Ling and her family announce the passing of her brother, Tony Tung, who died of a heart attack over the weekend. Tony has been involved with Laserfiche since the company’s inception. He was President of Accuflex, the Laserfiche scanning bureau; helped open Laserfiche International Technology Ltd. in Shanghai; and served as an advisor to Nien-Ling on international business matters.
Chris Wacker remembers Tony as someone who was kind and generous to all he met. Tom Wayman remembers Tony as a very kind man who was always there for everybody else. “He was a selfless, big- hearted man with a ready laugh and a wealth of knowledge on almost any topic.”
Tony was born in Shanghai and lived in in Hong Kong, the UK and the US. He received a bachelor’s degree in the UK and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC.
Tony was a boardmember and huge supporter of the Fairfield YMCA. Nien-Ling and her family have made a $10,000 donation to the Fairfield YMCA in his name. A funeral service is being planned for this Friday, March 30.
YMCA of Greater Long Beach Youth and Government students pose for a picture as they discuss their bill with the 54thDistrict California State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal at the capital building in Sacramento. The twelve students seen above represent various high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District including Wilson, Poly, Jordan, and Lakewood. The mission of California YMCA Youth and Government is to ensure that leadership, democracy, and the YMCA Core Values is learned by each generation. The program involves 2,800+ high school students from around the state who form delegations through their local YMCA.
This year’s delegation was recognized as a Premier Delegation due to their excellent demonstration of leadership, volunteerism, unity, spirit, and their perfect attendance record throughout the six month program. “Our delegation was eager to show the state what Long Beach is all about! We worked hard together and overcame many obstacles together. I will remember this experience for a lifetime,” said Christie Perez, senior at Lakewood High School and Delegation President.
The delegation was successful in passing their bill through the model legislature for the second year in a row. Less than 10% of over 550 bills were passed during the mock government session in Sacramento in February 2012. Jonace Temblador, senior at Lakewood High School, sponsored their bill which creates a uniform use of force policy for stun guns across all jurisdictions throughout the state. “It was amazing speaking in front of so many people inside our state senate chambers,” said Jonace. The bill was created by the entire delegation and written by Rebecca Serna, senior at Jordan High School, and Jason Rodriguez, senior at Lakewood High School.
The group meets at the Fairfield Family YMCA and is advised by C.J. Brewer, Sylvia Hernandez, and Sarah Patterson. Delegation advisor CJ Brewer states “I’m very proud of the Greater Long Beach delegation for distinguishing themselves as a Premier Delegation in Sacramento. The students performed their roles skillfully, argued their points persuasively, and work well as a team. The YMCA Youth and Government program provides high school students with an excellent opportunity to learn outside the classroom, as they develop public speaking, leadership, and networking skills.”
California YMCA Youth and Government has been hosting the program for the past 64 years. The program is unique in that it allows the students to serve as a model legislature using the states actual House and Senate chambers. The 2,800+ high school participants write all the bills that are debated over the weekend, elect their own leaders, and actively serve in every role from governor to lobbyist.
2011-2012 YMCA of Greater Long Beach Youth and Government positions held:
Karen Diaz National Issues Commission
Shoshana Fell Political Parties
Stephanie Juarez Assembly
Marilynn Maldonado National Issues Commission; Delegation Secretary
Marissa Mobley Political Parties; Delegation Treasure
Christie Perez Board of Education; Delegation President
Kelvin Ramos Legislative Analyst; Delegation Chaplin
Edward Rodriguez Senate
Jason Rodriguez Assembly
Brandy Temblador Chief Page
Jonace Temblador Senate
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[Long Beach, March 7, 2012] – The YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been selected to participate in the LIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project, an online voting campaign that is designed to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the United States.
LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project is a process by which successful evidence-based programs are replicated in new communities across the country. Select organizations compete in an online voting campaign that allows the general public to show their support for bringing a program to their community.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Jason Hagensick,President and CEOfor theYMCA of Greater Long Beach.“We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”
Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG– and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.
The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 finalists. This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation. LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is dedicated to providing quality programs that emphasize healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. As a result, over 35,000 individuals are receiving the support, guidance, and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being.Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach fosters the care all people need and deserve.
The Y has many programs promoting healthy living but not one that addresses the needs for cancer survivors. The Y recognizes that the addition of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, in conjunction with collaborative partners, will be a significant catalyst to practice healthy living as a way of life for adult cancer survivors.The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is among hundreds of organizations in the running for the award. If selected, they will use the awarded funds to providea research-based program that offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants will work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.
Voting for the Community Impact Project beganon Wed., Mar. 7. Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer.
Voting ends on March 23, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific).
For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/vote2012/regions/1/182-ymca-of-greater-long-beach/.
For more information about YMCA of Greater Long Beach,visit www.lbymca.org or call 562.279.1700.
About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) is pleased to announce that it teamed up with long-time partner KaBOOM! to build its 12th playground in 12 years today at the Fairfield Family Branch YMCA in Long Beach, Calif. The playground build began with a kickoff ceremony at 8:30 a.m. PT and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held be at 2:30 p.m.
“As the 12th playground build in our 12 years of service, this playground is a milestone in JetBlue’s history and what a better fit than our Long Beach focus city, one of the first destinations in our network,” said JetBlue’s Director Corporate Responsibility Icema Gibbs. “Our long-standing commitment to the community and City of Long Beach is made stronger with initiatives like these. Creating safe spaces for our kids to play, in partnership with KaBOOM!, has been one of the cornerstones of our social responsibility efforts and one of the most satisfactory endeavors for our Crewmembers.”
“KaBOOM! is thrilled to continue our tremendous work with our National Partner, JetBlue,” said KaBOOM! Founder and CEO Darell Hammond. “Every child deserves to have a great place to play and we made that possible for children at the Fairfield Family Branch YMCA, while bringing KaBOOM! one step closer to our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.”
Katherine Tarlecky, Branch Executive Director for the Fairfield Family YMCA says, “This is such a wonderful opportunity for our YMCA and the community that we serve. We are delighted to have such a wonderful partner in JetBlue to help our youth’s dreams of a new playground come true. Each year thousands of children and families pass through our doors and this new playground will only enhance their experience at the YMCA. This also helps the YMCA fulfill our three focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.”
A great place to play for school-age kids (ages 5-12) will improve community health, develop children’s social skills and combat childhood obesity. KaBOOM! and JetBlue know that kids play harder and get more exercise when they play in an unstructured way. This playground will provide the perfect space for unstructured play and, given the high number of kids served at the Fairfield YMCA, would be an important part of the solution to the neighborhood’s obesity problem.
Members and nonmembers of the Fairfield Branch will all benefit from its programs and will rally together to make this playground project successful. Hundreds of volunteers have already signed up to support this activity. They view the Fairfield Branch as a safe community space that brings together neighborhood children and will donate their time, money and efforts to this project. Through working with its members, parents and volunteers, the Fairfield YMCA’s project planning committee is ready to build a great new place to play.
The playground is the 12th built by KaBOOM! and JetBlue in an effort to fight the play deficit and save play. The airline has helped to build playgrounds in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, Salt Lake City, Utah, Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida, and Long Island City, New York, among others.
JetBlue is the largest airline out of Long Beach, California, offering nonstop service to 13 cities, including Anchorage, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, Oakland, Portland (Oregon), Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
About the YMCA of Greater Long Beach
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is a champion of health and well-being in the community. This year, they kicked off their campaign to curb childhood obesity and promote healthy living. By providing facilities for exercise, sports and play, the Fairfield Family Branch has embraced the challenge of promoting healthy lifestyles in the North Long Beach community which is challenged by today’s economic struggles and with at risk youth. Within this community many parents opt to keep their children indoors due to the higher crime levels and a lack of outdoor play space, which has helped aide inactivity and a growth in childhood obesity. At present, the Fairfield YMCA provides ACA accredited Summer Day Camp, Resident Camp, Academic Enrichment for Elementary aged youth, Youth & Government for High school teens, dance, youth and adult health and wellness programs, group exercise, swim lessons, sports programs and collaborates with CSULB and Hamilton Middle School to offer YES! Si, Se Puede to Middle School youth. Every program incorporates a focus on health, well-being and getting kids and families active.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this Play Deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
About JetBlue Corporate Social Responsibility
JetBlue is committed to the cities it serves through support and alignment with not-for-profit organizations that focus on children, education, communities and the environment. Through a variety of programs and activities, JetBlue crewmembers are encouraged to help make an impact and inspire greatness in others while enriching the lives of individuals and communities across the airline’s network. Through JetBlue’s Community Connection Volunteer Program and other Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, JetBlue partners with a variety of philanthropic and community-focused organizations, including KaBOOM!, DoSomething.org, The American Cancer Society and their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks; First Book, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books; and PBS KIDS, where JetBlue partnered to create Soar with Reading – Let Your Imagination Take Flight, a literacy campaign to help raise readers. In addition, JetBlue has created a platform called Jetting to Green which encourages environmentally-friendly practices through education and volunteerism.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, offering the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 70 cities with 700 daily flights and later this year plans to introduce service from Boston to Dallas-Fort Worth. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, 1-801-365-2583, or visit www.jetblue.com.
Over 300 volunteer campaigners joined us February 2nd for the Strong Kids Campaign Kick Off event presented by the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. It was a festive affair; social time was followed by dinner and a short program where we heard from a handful of members who have benefitted from a YMCA “scholarship”. Photos and video showcased lives that have been positively impacted by the Y and stories shared from individuals and families whose tomorrows will be made brighter because of their participation in the YMCA today. The annual event set in motion the 2012 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. “We are very pleased that Bob Murrin accepted the challenge of being our Campaign Chair again this year,” said Jason Hagensick, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. “As long-time Y volunteer, Bob has a firm understanding of the YMCA mission and clear vision of our future and what we can accomplish for our community.” This year’s Campaign is aimed at soliciting support from the YMCA members themselves. Jason comments, “We want to give our members the opportunity to make a difference by participating in the Campaign this year.” “The programs and services funded by the Strong Kids Campaign benefit children and families in so many ways,” said Sue Baker, Senior Vice-President for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. She noted that the money raised benefits programs such as afterschool programs, summer day camp programs, as well as Y memberships.“Over 2,500 of our members receive financial assistance to supplement monthly membership dues or program fees. Over $1 million is given back to the community in direct scholarships and program subsidies.” The goal of the Strong Kids Campaign this year is $750,000. For further information about donating to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, contact Melissa Wheeler, Development Assistant, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, at 562-279-1700.
LAKEWOOD - You've got a friend in me - that was the message delivered by "Toy Story 3" characters Buzz and Woody during an anti-bullying rally Thursday at the Lakewood YMCA.
With the help of the Disney on Ice characters, who are in town for a production at the Long Beach Arena, about 150 children each took an oath promising to say "stop" and to take a stand when they see others getting bullied, or when they themselves are.
"I think this is a huge subject to cover with kids, especially from this age through to university," said Jade Zeron, a skater with Disney on Ice Pixar Toy Story 3, and the mistress of ceremonies for Thursday's event. "It's peer pressure upon peer pressure and that's all that they see - trying to be better than someone else. It shouldn't be like that, but it's society and we can't fight it. But there are ways of trying to prevent it."
During the event, three YMCA children read their winning essays about their experiences with bullying.
Payton Andrews, 9, read about how she had once been bullied in school.
"Being bullied made me feel sad," she said. "I told the teacher the girl was bullying me and she (the girl) had to go somewhere else. It's not nice to bully people because it's going to make them feel sad."
One known reason for bullying is people's differences, said Kelly Campanelly, program director for After School Enrichment YMCA.
"I think it's very important for kids to know that just because someone is different than you, looks different than you, acts different than you - you should still treat them with respect and kindness and try to be a friend to everybody," she said.
According to Stomp Out Bullying, a national anti-bullying and anti-cyber-bullying program for kids and teens, bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of all races and groups. One out of four kids is bullied and 43 percent have been bullied while online, according to the organization.
Buzz and Woody's popularity make them a great choice to carry Disney's anti-bullying message, Zeron said.
"With us doing this with Buzz and Woody, kids can look at them and say they've been friends for this long and they've been friends with kids all over the world, why can't kids get along the same way," she said.
Mitchell Koss, 10, said, "I was bullied when I was younger and it felt bad," he said. "I think it's important for people to not bully other people because it's just mean, it's not nice, and it could really make people feel bad."
With his peers, Mitchell read his essay of how important it is to not bully others.
Victims of bullying need to know they are not alone, said Campanelly.
"There are a lot of kids out there who are being bullied," she said. "They need to let somebody know and learn to walk away and to treat other people with kindness, and hopefully it will come back at you."
More importantly, awareness is everyone's responsibility, Campanelly added.
"The community needs to be aware and to speak to their kids about not bullying and about treating everybody with respect," she said. "Because the message is going to really start at home."
Pamela Hale Burns, email@example.com, 562-714-2141
Long Beach, September 30, 2011 The YMCA of Greater Long Beach received a twenty thousand dollar grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to continue its efforts to help make the healthy choice, the easy choice for residents of Long Beach.
Long Beach has participated in Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) – part of the YMCA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives – since September 2009. The Y’s Healthier Communities Initiatives focus on making policy and environmental changes that support healthy lifestyles and are built on the concept that local communities can work together to provide all community members with healthy choice options. This latest grant, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allows a total of 23 communities, including Long Beach, to expand their current work to advance high-impact policies. High impact policies reach and impact large groups of people. For the purpose of PHC Initiatives, they are defined as any chronic disease health policy that can be implemented across an area.
“The Y is dedicated to strengthening community,” said CEO, Jason Hagensick. “Advancing our PHC work will help our families, friends and neighbors live their lives to the fullest potential. We are honored to be part of the growing movement of communities who are leading healthy change through policy strategies.”
In Long Beach, the PHC grant will unite The YMCA of Greater Long Beach and its collaborative organizations to create walking loops in parks and neighborhoods. The walking loops will be marked paths with identification signs and mileage markers to encourage walking in parks, neighborhoods and business districts to promote active lifestyles. Exercise stops, interpretive signage, and other amenities might be located along some of the walking loops. There will also be organized events, educational and promotional programs and materials to encourage use of the walking loops. There are five on the list of initial loops to explore and develop. A toolkit will be developed as part of the process to help other neighborhoods develop walking loops in the future.
Under the County’s RENEW program, the Long Beach Health Department was awarded a grant to work in partnership with community coalitions and residents to create a healthy food initiative for Long Beach. The Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Pioneering Healthy Communities Leadership Team have put forward the goal of developing a healthy food and beverage policy for the City to include healthy vending machines on City property and healthy beverages and snacks at city events and programs. The groups see a City level healthy food and beverage policy as an important step in addressing obesity and creating a healthy food environment.
Pioneering Healthier Communities is the Y’s signature initiative to create opportunities for healthy living through policy and environmental change. For more information about the YMCA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives visit http://www.ymca.net/healthier-communities
Job Manriquez looks you in the eye when he talks.
He speaks impeccable English with his hands folded politely in front of him, and his eyes are bright and warm.
Even as a 10-year-old, he is careful about his image. Every morning he carefully works his hair up into a spiky row down the middle of his head with hair gel, a style he says he likes because it makes him taller.
He wants to be strong, he says, so he can join the U.S. Army when he grows up. He wants to be cool like his father, a soldier of the Mexican Army.
Nobody would ever recognize him from three years ago, when he first moved to Long Beach from Mexico with his mother and his fraternal twin sister, Michel (Job's parents are recently divorced).
"When he first came to us, he was so quiet and shy," said Jamesha Gloade, the site manager at Job's after-school program run by the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. "Now he's like a completely different person. He seems much more happy now."
Job headed to the YMCA Camp Oakes at Big Bear as a silent boy who had trouble making friends, but just a week later, came back outgoing and chatty, his mother, Esmeralda Marquez, said through a translator.
Now he makes friends easily, Marquez said. In fact, she had more trouble than Job did when he went to camp.
"I missed him so much I cried for three days," said Marquez, who works the overnight shift at an Indian bakery so she can take care of her children during the day.
But seeing the clear difference in her son made Marquez more eager to send him to summer camp again this year.
"He is really a very playful and talkative boy," said Melissa Lopez, a YMCA volunteer who has known Job since he moved to Long Beach. "Camp helps to bring that out of him."
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Message from our Leaders
This change comes at a critical time, because it is designed to increase understanding of the impact we are making in the community. Our nation and community face unprecedented challenges, and the Y wants to open its doors to more people who can benefit from what we have to offer.
The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community.
No one understands better than you, our volunteers, donors and members, the benefit of giving back. We’ve always known that positive change only comes about when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. And that’s why we’re here. Our new brand strategy simplifies how we describe what we do, grouping our programs and services into three areas of focus:
Since 1884, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been part of the fabric that makes our community a better place to live and work. So while we’re changing our appearance to better reflect the work we do and the positive impact we make, we’re still supporting communities in the same way we always have.
With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.
Thank you for being a valued volunteer, donor and member of the Y - we are ever-grateful for your generosity. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of the people and families in Greater Long Beach and, with your support, we will work to enrich more lives and more families, and strengthen the community around us for decades to come.
Warmest regards, Jack Hinsche, Chairman of the Board, and Jason Hagensick, President and CEO.
On the evening of June 2nd, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach gathered to celebrate 127 years of incredible service to the Greater Long Beach community.
The Airport Marriot ballroom was full of YMCA family and friends from each of the eight branches and the Metro office. The Metro Board of Directors was well represented by Chairman Jack Hinsche, Craig Dougherty, John Gooding, Curt Kurtz, Bob Murrin, Charlie Nunn, Paul Perry, Ron Piazza, Sean Piazza, Bob Schack, Ken Walker, Arline Walter, Kelly Williams, Bill Winters, Susan Anderson Wise, and Lois Zelsdorf. After the Invocation, Master of Ceremonies Jack Hinsche recognized the Paramount Petroleum Corporation Vice President of West Coast Refining Ed Juno for their continuing generosity and support. The highlight of the celebration was the official introduction of Jason Hagensick as the 14th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. Present were Jason’s parents, Darla and Johnnie Hagensick and his aunt Dana Provenzano, who had flown in from Texas to be present at this milestone. Also present were three past Board Chairs: John Gooding, Ron Piazza, and Bob Schack, as well as former president and CEO, Alan Hostrup, presently the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Los Angeles. Jason spoke of the brand new national perspective of the YMCA with its endless possibilities in the scope of work to be done, the people the Y could serve and the support the Y could engender. He said, “Starting today, we’ll position ourselves as the community’s leading non-profit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” He reiterated the Y’s dedication to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities as a promise and a cause.
Bob Cabeza, Vice President of Community Development, announced the winners of the American Youth Character Awards, whose achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to core ethical values: from Jordan High School, José Lara; from Poly High School, Chandani Bawa; and from Lakewood High School, Matthew Binderim. Acknowledging the six returning or incoming Branch Board Chairs, Jack asked each to stand and be recognized: YMCA Camp Oakes – Dr. Stephen Coates; Community Development YMCA – Scott Eberlein; YMCA Early Childhood Education – Paul Perry; Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA – Marla Burillo; Fairfield Family YMCA – Mike Kulakowski; Los Altos Family YMCA – Morgan Wheeler; and Los Cerritos YMCA – Rick Needham.
Congratulations were given to the Community Development Y and the Fairfield Family Y for implementing the YMCA’s Salsa, Sabor Y Salud program, recognized as the Youth Development and Healthy Living honorees. More than 40 members of local Y’s Men / Y Service Clubs were in attendance and were named as the Social Responsibility Honorees.
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of Jason Hagensick as the next President & Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. The Board of Directors unanimously elected Jason this morning at our regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
Jason brings over 22 years of YMCA experience, having served at the YMCA of the Coastal Bend in South Texas, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, and the YMCA of Orange County. In 2003 he joined the YMCA of Greater Long Beach as the branch executive of the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA and after excellent performance in that position, he was promoted to COO. Since January of this year, Jason has been serving in the Interim President & CEO role and has successfully led the Long Beach Y through this time of transition. Jason has earned a reputation as a trusted and respected leader in our YMCA.
Over the past year, Jason has played an integral role in the development of the 2011–2015 strategic plan and he looks forward to continuing the vision, implementing the YMCA’s new branding strategies, and inspiring association-wide collaborations.
The Board of Directors and I feel extremely confident in Jason’s ability to lead the YMCA of Greater Long Beach into the future as a cause-driven organization focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Please join me in congratulating Jason for his many contributions and wishing him continued success in this new position!
Jack E. Hinsche
Chairman of the Board
YMCA of Greater Long Beach
Keynote Speaker Dr. King Alexander delivers a call to action for 600 in attendance
The 43rd Annual Good Friday Breakfast was held Friday, April 22, 2011 at The Westin - Long Beach on 333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA.
Board member Craig Dougherty served as the Master of Ceremonies for the third time as the breakfast commenced with an invocation by former Mayor Beverly O’Neill and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mayor Bob Foster and 4thgrade Y participant Serena Clavery. Pamela Hale Burns gave a stirring rendition of “God Bless America” bringing goose bumps to many in the crowd and harpist, Greg Buchanan continued the musical inspiration, strumming a soulful version of “Amazing Grace.” Craig Dougherty memorialized the life and service of long time Y supporter Mark Bixby in his welcome address and Arline Walter delivered the scripture, a favorite of the Good Friday Breakfast crowd.
With over 600 in attendance, Keynote Speaker Dr. F. King Alexander, President of California State University Long Beach, referred to his spiritual upbringing in the South with lighthearted anecdotes that brought the crowd to laughter throughout his address. He also pointed out the Ys revitalized focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Using an emphasis on education, Dr. Alexander impressed upon those in attendance to, “make sure the children and generations on the way up have a better standard of living – We can do this.” Dr. Alexander expressed that, to him, this is what Easter truly is - making sacrifices so that those who come along have something better to look forward to.
The breakfast concluded with a thoughtful benediction by Board member Carlos Lima.
A gift to the community from Mike & Arline Walter, the 43rd Annual Good Friday Breakfast never fails to leave those in attendance inspired. Interim President & CEO, Jason Hagensick and Chair of the Y Board of Directors, Jack Hinsche, who also briefly addressed the Good Friday crowd, extend their gratitude to the many community sponsors who make the Annual Good Friday Breakfast a success.
The 2012 YMCA Good Friday Breakfast is slated for April 6, 2012. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please email your contact information to Amira Seaboch at the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562.279.1664.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the tragic passing of our friends and neighbors, including our beloved friend and YMCA volunteer, Mark Bixby. Mark began his involvement with the YMCA as a camper at Camp Fox while in elementary school. As an adult, he continued his involvement as a member of the Los Altos Family YMCA, and as a Board Member with YMCA Camp Oakes.
While his children were elementary school aged, Mark was highly involved in the Adventure Guides program through the Los Altos Family YMCA. Each year, Mark and his children would join others for the annual Camp Oakes winter camp. Mark developed a love for camp, and soon after joined the camp Board of Managers.
As a member of the YMCA Camp Oakes Board of Managers, Mark served in a variety of capacities including Board Chairman, and also Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. While a part of the Board, Mark spearheaded several building projects at camp. He is largely responsible for the construction of Bose Lodge, the Dining Hall Annex, the Clair Johnson Campfire, and the sand volleyball courts, all of which are strategic parts of camp operation. Mark was also instrumental in the negotiation of several important contracts between the camp and county and city officials.
Along with Mark’s passion for his family, and camp, he also had a passion for seeing youth develop skills that would help them succeed in life. Mark was very involved in Rotary’s Camp Enterprise Program, held annually at YMCA Camp Oakes. Mark’s presentations and mentoring were always a highlight of this week-long event focused on teaching high school students basic business skills and leadership development. Mark was truly dedicated to serving his community and our youth.
The Bixby family has set up a memorial webpage for Bixby at Legacy.com.
If you would like to give in honor of Mark Bixby click HERE.
The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach met on January 13, 2011 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Chief among the agenda items was to accept the resignation of Alan Hostrup, who has been President & CEO for the past nine years and has accepted the same position with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles effective February 1, 2011. At the meeting the Board agreed upon an interim plan of leadership while the Executive Committee decides on a successor.
The Board is pleased to announce that Jason Hagensick, Chief Operating Officer for the past four years, has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors as Interim President & CEO, until the Board elects a new President & CEO. Jason came to the Long Beach Y first as the Branch Executive Director of the Weingart-Lakewood YMCA and after excellent performance in that position, was promoted to COO. Jason is known for his outstanding work in the YMCA Association. He is very eager for this interim assignment and has a very experienced senior staff team in place.
The Board of Directors will work diligently and enthusiastically with staff and branch boards to continue our strong programs and mission driven service to our community through “our” YMCA!
It is with much sadness but immense pride that we bid farewell to Alan Hostrup, our YMCA President & CEO for the past nine years, as Alan leaves the YMCA of Greater Long Beach to serve the same position for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, effective February 1, 2011.
Alan has served the YMCA of Greater Long Beach with absolute dedication and commitment. Adynamic collaborator, he excelled at connecting leaders of organizations to achieve the highest levels of impact in the community. Alan’s vision for youth development and family strengthening, and his focus on inclusion and the Y Mission, has elevated the YMCA of Greater Long Beach to national prominence.
During Alan’s nine-year tenure, revenue grew by nearly 20% and the Association’s first capital campaign in 35 years raised over $13 million. The YMCA’s Youth Institute program - developed during Alan’s leadership – boasts a 91% graduation rate from college and 100% graduation rate from high school.
We will miss Alan’s engaging and sincere style of leadership that prompted so many of us to volunteer and serve this outstanding organization. We’ve been extremely blessed to have had Alan as our leader, and he will forever be in our hearts.
Alan’s next and most likely final step of his lifelong profession of 34 years takes him back to his roots, the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA, where he held different positions spanning the first 25 years of his career. He will lead the country’s 3rd largest YMCA with 26 branches, 4 camps, 3,000 staff, an annual operating budget of $85 million, 240,000 members, and an endowment fund of $50 million. The Los Angeles YMCA is active in 60+ cities in a large geographic area extending to Lancaster to the north and San Pedro to the south.
I want to assure everyone that I and your Board of Directors will work diligently with staff and branch boards to continue our strong programs and mission driven service to our YMCA community.
Jack E. Hinsche
Chairman of the Board
YMCA of Greater Long Beach
December 15, 2010
Holiday M.A.G.I.C. Food and Toy Distribution Photos in the Press-Telegram
On the morning of Saturday, December 11, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach held its 4th Annual Holiday M.A.G.I.C. food and toy distribution, and Tracey Roman of the Press-Telegram captured the moments.
October 11, 2010
LBYMCA Zumba Programs Featured in SecondAct Fitness
Alberto "Beto" Perez wanted to bring his workout classes from Colombia to the United States. But Perez had little money and wasn't fluent in English, so he had trouble getting fitness center managers to watch his dance videos.
In 1999, after going from one South Florida gym to another, Perez finally found a manager who agreed to let him teach a Saturday morning class. Then Perez arrived late to his first class and realized he had forgotten his aerobics music. He raced to his car and returned with a cassette of salsa and meringue songs, launching into a high-energy series of dance moves and exercises. "I improvised," he explained to Reader's Digest.
The roomful of frowns turned to smiles. Zumba (pronounced zoom-ba) was born.
Perez named the exercise class after the Colombian slang word meaning to buzz like a bee or move fast. A decade later, more than 30,000 certified instructors teach Zumba at more than 60,000 locations in 105 countries. The Zumba website claims 7.5 million participants take classes every week.
I decided to check out the Zumba craze, which is increasingly popular with baby boomers (like me).
On a recent Wednesday night, I joined 50 people crowded into the aerobics room at the Lakewood, Calif., YMCA...please continue reading on SecondAct.com
September 13, 2010
Afterschool Programs Address Children and Teens’ Social and Academic Needs
LONG BEACH, CA, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 – As children and teens return to school, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach encourages parents looking for safe, educational and fun activities outside the classroom to take advantage of its afterschool program. Combining play with academics, the Downtown YMCA, Weingart-Lakewood YMCA, Los Altos YMCA, Fairfield Family YMCA, and Los Cerritos YMCA afterschool programs fill gaps in schools and in the Greater Long Beach area by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.
According to the Afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children in the United States are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. In California alone, nearly a quarter of children are left alone – responsible for taking care of themselves.
Afterschool programming at the Y is a healthy way for children and teens to stay active and productive when the school day ends. Youth in the Y’s afterschool programs receive homework assistance and tutoring on tough subjects and can engage in a wide variety of activities that help develop character and keep children safe.
August 13, 2010
Sign Ups for Fall Programs Now Available!
Fall into something greater next season through one or more of our program offerings.
August 10, 2010
YMCA of Greater Long Beach Unveils Brand New Website!
We hope that you like our new look! We've completely reorganized our website to be more user-friendly, and intuitive to navigate. Let us know what you think!