Letters to the Editor

YMCA helps fill gap

I am appreciative of the special report The Tribune ran last week on gangs in San Luis Obispo County and the focus given to the role and importance of community prevention programs. As a former youth and teen director, I am passionate about providing healthy, meaningful experiences and activities with our youth. Without these, I believe that all adolescents are potentially “at risk.”

The San Luis Obispo County YMCA has been committed to providing programs in our communities that develop youths and teens since its founding more than 50 years ago. We provide financial assistance to families in need, so that their children can have access to these important services. Our programs, which include three preschools, 15 after-school sites, youth sports programs and three teen-development programs throughout the county, all focus on the asset development of youths and teens.

Our Y is committed to help fill the gap in programs available in San Luis Obispo County for middle school youths and is discussing how to replicate and launch programs in other parts of the county. We look forward to partnering with the organizations and leaders in our community to meet this important need.