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Summer 2011 Photos

Memories from our 2011 Summer Youth Institute. Click HERE to see photos of the Wilderness Retreat.

2011 Summer Movies

To view 2011 Summer New Class and Alumni movies click Here.

UAM Film Festival

Since March 4, 2011, high school youth have been diligently working to complete this year’s Public Service Announcements. They were assigned to a production group to complete a short PSA on Censorship. There is no escaping censorship, but together as young leaders they can make a difference. Their hard work and dedication was shown to the public at their previous film festival. This recent film festival showed that youth could make a difference. The students felt relieved and proud of themselves that their hard work had finally paid off.

YMCA Youth Institute 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

On May 26th 150 very important guests attended the Youth Institute 10 Year Celebration Dinner at the Grand in Long Beach. The dinner was hosted by the Youth Institute Alumni, with Phyras Men as the Committee Leader and Leo Salcido as the Master of Ceremonies. The night began with great entertainment from three very talented Youth Institute Alums, Johnny Romero on guitar, Nicole Gutierrez on violin and Ben Falealili performing his Spoken Word piece. Then we gave out awards to our supporters who stuck with us over the years such as Alan Hostrup. Ralph Hurtado and Sally Lew.


During this Years California School-Age Consortium (or CalSAC) we had 5 youth go to the Capitol Building in Sacramento to advocate for Afterschool programs. Our youth met with other students and advocates from all across the state of California. They shared conversation and ideas on how they can spread the word of keeping Afterschool programs funded in our communities. The youth then had the chance to meet with Legislators and spread their word right to the source. It was a great success and the youth are all looking forward to next year.



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