Events & News


YMCA of Orange - Recipient of the State-wide Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program award

We are excited to announce that all five YMCA of Orange ASES after-school programs received the new state-wide Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program award, which recognizes programs that excel in providing health education, nutrition, and physical activities for their students.  An extensive selection process was in place, but we were confident in the quality programming we offer our community.  The California Department of Education (CDE) selected 187 schools statewide.  Throughout the years we have enhanced and implemented well-rounded programs that focus on academic support, academic enrichment and physical activity, this is a significant recognition for our Y.  The Orange Unified School District (OUSD) is excited we were recipients of this exclusive award.  Thank you to our school administrators, school faculty, program volunteers, parents, and YMCA staff for their commitment to the development of our youth.  We look forward to an exciting 16-17 academic year.


June 23, 2016 

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Winners of New After School Program Award

             SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the winners of a new award, the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program certificate, which recognizes programs that excel in providing health education, nutrition, and physical activities for their students.

“These terrific after school programs show students the many benefits of good nutrition and exercise and will help our students achieve success,” said Torlakson, who started his public service career as a science teacher and coach. “Students who eat right and stay fit will do better in class.”

In 2014, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) authored SB 949, which required CDE to develop a process for determining DASH standards and recognition. CDE assembled a panel of volunteers to screen the applications for alignment with the goals outlined in Jackson’s legislation.  “I am excited that this program is now underway, and I congratulate these after school programs that have made healthy eating and exercise a priority,” Jackson said. “Parents also will now have the ability to make more informed choices about their children’s after school care.”

DASH programs limit the amount of play time students spend on computer screens, serve healthy meals and drinks, and require 30 minutes to an hour of daily exercise.  Torlakson said DASH programs will help students learn about the lifelong benefits of good health habits and exercise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12.5 million children and adolescents between two to nineteen years old nationwide are obese. Overweight youth face increased risks for many serious health conditions that do not commonly occur during childhood, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. More than 80 percent of obese adolescents remain obese as adults. With this new recognition program aimed at health and exercise, more after school sites may be inclined to participate, which in turn may help to combat these statistics.



2016 Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 30th we had over 100 youth and families attend Healthy Kids Day.  Community partners providing fun-filled activities, and kids from across our extended day programs performed songs throughout the event.  A special THANK YOU to Truly Nolan for donating the delicious food.     






Raising Cane’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

Raising Cane’s, a new food establishment in the city of Orange recently selected the YMCA of Orange as the recipient of their community service project.  Raising Cane’s donated all the project materials and provided volunteers.  Together they installed privacy netting around the playground, and a rubber mulch planter in front of the YMCA of Orange facility. Additionally, Raising Cane’s provided a generous donation of $1,000 to the YMCA of Orange.  The donation check was presented at Raising Cane’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, March 1st


2016 Indy 500 Pine-wood Derby Car Races

Start your engines!  The YMCA of Orange Indy 500 Pine-wood Derby Car races took place Saturday, February 27th at the Village of Orange shopping mall.  Over 125 excited youth and families were in attendance to push their cars to the limit and showcase their great paint designs.  Thank you parents, kids, volunteers, and the Village of Orange for making this another memorable event where life long memories were created.  We look forward to next year. 



2016 Annual Giving Campaign Kick-Off Celebration

The YMCA of Orange 2016 Annual Giving Campaign Kick-off celebration was the place to be last night.  132 volunteer campaigners attended.

Join us as we embark on a journey to raise the charitable funds needed to address the issues that concern you.  Every dollar donated to the YMCA of Orange stays local and has a lasting impact on the people of the city of Orange and the surrounding communities.  Your gift will build a better us by ensuring that the Y’s doors are open to all.  Your support helps thousands of youth and families live healthier and happier lives.  It enables kids to do better in school and support youth and families when they need us most.  We look forward to celebrating your fundraising efforts at our Victory celebration in April.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.



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