Why We Climb
The Stuart M. Ketchum Downtown YMCA is the heart of the Los Angeles downtown community,where people from the many groups that make up the center of our city come together to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. The Y serves as a bridge between the abundant Bunker Hill financial district and the impoverished residential neighborhoods (including parts of South-Central Los Angeles, Pico-Union and Westlake area) it overlooks. Each year, the lives of inner-city children, families, teens and adults are impacted with qualty community-based programs.
More than 250,000 people reside within a two-mile radius of the Y at 4th and Hope streets, including about 75,000 school-aged children.
Proceeds from the Stair Climb for Los Angeles benefit Y programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility:
Preschool & Day Care Center: High-quality early education and safe, affordable daycare for inner-city children
Growing Young Minds (GYM) Program: After school tutoring, arts, computer instruction and recreation activities with an emphasis on family involvement and community building
School-Based YMCA: Physical education replacement for local elementary schools
Teen LEAD Program: Support for teens in academic advancement, college counseling and more
Youth & Government Program: Students get "hands on" learning about state government that culminates with five days in the state Capitol
Summer Resident Camp: Camp Whittle in Big Bear offers inner-city kids a week in the mountains to make friends, explore nature and develop leadership skills
Youth & Teen Sports Programs: Soccer, volleyball, flag football and basketball leagues for kids aged 5 to 17
Youth & Family Health Initiative: A bold effort to offer access to free health screenings and educational workshops to every one of the nearly 2,000 children, families and seniors we serve each year in our community programs.
Membership Assistance: Reduced-cost membership so no one is turned away from the opportunity to be healthy due to the inability to pay
History: The YMCA movement was founded in London in 1844 and the first YMCA in the USA was established in Boston in 1851. The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA opened its doors in October of 1986.
The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is a non-profit with Tax ID: 95-1644052.