At last week’s council meeting, I had the honor to recognize both the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and Victor Dominguez, its Executive Director.
Since the opening of the Downey Family YMCA in 1941, they have ensured individuals and families resources and support needed to learn, grow and thrive. By focusing on the potential of each person and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors, they have empowered more than a half million people each year to feel healthy, confident, connected and secure.
Here are a few examples and statistics on how the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles positively impacts individuals and families:
• 500,000 members connected
• 67,000 youth in enrichment programs
• 58,000 water safety and swim lessons
• 30,000 involved teens and young adults
• 18,800 active in senior programs
• 5,000 volunteers share expertise
• $5.1M direct assistance granted
The Y’s mission continues to be successful because of its leadership and dedicated staff. Victor has two Bachelor of Science degrees from California State University Fullerton, one in Child & Adolescent Studies and the other in Sociology.
He has been a national trainer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, training adolescents in the country how to become leaders in their communities and about drug and alcohol prevention.
It truly is my honor to present Victor Dominguez and the YMCA with the Mayor’s Healthy Heart Award for his commitment toward improving the health, well-being and future success for the residents of the City of Downey.