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Chinatown YMCA

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855 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Chinatown/Union Square, North Beach/Telegraph Hill
(415) 576-9622
Days and Hours Of Operation
Mon–Fri 5:30am–9pm, Sat 7am–7pm, Sun 8am–5pm
Ages Served
5 and up

The Chinatown YMCA is like a community center in the heart of Chinatown. They offer a wide variety of programs tailored to the needs of the Chinese immigrant community and the neighborhood at large.

The remodeled facility features Community Center programs for families. Activities include crafts, storytime, tai chi, community swim, gym time (badminton, basketball, ping pong), a birthday club, Fun Family Fitness (zumba, kickboxing, aerobics, yoga), family dinners with food from all over the world, and family outings to fun places in the Bay Area.

The Chinatown YMCA offers art and ballet classes for kids ages 6 to 17 years old, including during the summer. Sarah Klise's Young Artist program held on Saturdays has exhibited widely and won hundreds of honors. 

Low-income Asian-American youth ages 6 to 18 and their families can join Building Futures, a one-on-one mentoring program that matches at risk youth with adult mentors to help build self-esteem, decision-making skills, improve school performance, and make healthy interpersonal relationships.

Kids 5 to 18 can take advantage of the Y's sports basketball league that includes weekly practices and games.

The Aquatics department offers baby and me and youth private and group swim lessons plus a swim team for kids who want to compete.

The Chinatown YMCA hosts Day Camps filled with sports, arts and crafts, science projects, cooking, games, and field trips. They host a summer school academic program for English, math, history, and science. These kids won't just do academics, they'll also participate in fun activities like arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, and field trips.

Calling teens! Chinatown YMCA is looking for entering juniors and seniors to volunteer with the summer camps. Gain 200 service hours and learn the ins and outs of camp counseling.

2013–2014 Winter Break Session:
December 23–December 27 (no camp Dec. 25), December 30–January 3 (no camp Jan. 1)
Ages: 5 to 13
Days/Times: Mon, Thurs, Fri: 9am–4pm; Tues, 9am–3pm
Cost: $96–$100 per week
Extended Care: Mon, Thurs, Fri: 8am–9am and 4pm–6pm; Tues 8am–9am and 1pm–3pm (included in cost).

2014 Spring Break Session:
March 31–April 4
Ages: 6 to 13
Times: 9am–4pm
Cost: $120–$125 per week
Extended Care: 7:30am–9am and 4pm–6pm (included in cost).

2013 Summer School Session:
June 3–July 26 (8 weeks)
Location: John Yehall Chin Elementary School, 350 Broadway Street at Montgomery
Ages: entering grades K–8
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 9am–4pm
Cost: $880 per session or $125 per week
Extended Care: 7:30am–9am (included in cost), 4pm–6pm (included in cost)
Counselor-In-Training (CIT):  14 and older, $300 per session

2013 Week-long Day Camp:
Dates: June 3–Aug 16
Location: Chinatown YMCA, 855 Sacramento Street
Ages: entering grades K–8
Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 9am–4pm
Cost: $125 per week
Extended care: 7:30am–9am (included in cost), 4pm–6pm (included in cost)
Counselor-In-Training (CIT): 14 and older, $300 per session

They have overnight, co-ed, resident camps for kids ages 8 to 18 years old at different campgrounds in Northern California. Campers are grouped by age and are accompanied by counselors who are certified in first aid, CPR, YMCA safety procedures, and youth development.

The younger group of campers ages 8 to 14 is assigned to the Boys and Girls Camp. They'll do swimming, outdoor education, backpacking, archery, arts and crafts, music, campfires, and games. Campers ages 14 to 18 combine camping and conferencing in the Leadership in Training camp. These teens will do archery, riflery, and campfire and water activities. They will also participate in discussions about personal growth, teamwork, communication, and relationships.

2013 Resident Camp:
Dates: August 3–August 10
Location: Camp Fleischmann, Lassen National Forest
Ages: 8 to 14, LIT/CIT for teens ages 14 to 18
Cost: $425–$450 plus a $100 deposit

Chinatown is a neighborhood that's always busy and teeming with people on the streets all hours of the day. Every year, the Chinatown YMCA offers a Family Camp for families in the community to gather in a completely different environment — the outdoors!

2013 Family Camp Session:
Dates: June 14–June 16
Location: Camp Jones Gulch, Santa Cruz Mountains
Ages/Cost: Adults and children 12 and up $125, kids ages 5 to 11 $80, kids under 5 FREE, Family of Four $360 ($50 for each additional person)

The Chinatown YMCA hosts an afterschool enrichment program for kids in grades K–5 called Chinatown YMCA University (CYU). They offer homework help, and enrichment activities such as cultural arts and crafts, cooking, sports, and group projects. The fee is $475 per semester plus $50 annual program membership; financial aid available. Hours are Mon–Fri 2:30pm–6pm.

The CYU Afterschool Education Program (ASEP) is a highly structured standards based math and language arts program offered in small groups of 3rd through 6th graders. Focus is on skill master, planning, and organizing.  Students are assessed weekly. The fee is $1305–$1450 per semester plus optional $100 pickup/dropoff fee. Hours are 3pm–6:30pm. Math is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Language arts is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes may be taken separately.

Chinatown YMCA also runs an afterschool program at John Yehall Chin Elementary School and school-based ExCEL programs at different schools in the neighborhood, as well as weekend activities for Middle School age kids.

The Teen Center offers homework help, college counseling, dance classes, leadership development, employment training, and community service (service learning) events. Drop in hours are Mon–Thurs 4pm–6:30pm and Fri 4pm–9pm. The center also hosts teen clubs, movies, parties, camping trips, ski trips, and field trips. Other teen activities include basketball, fitness, hip hop, and cooking. Through the I-Works youth employment program, junior tutors can work in the Y's afterschool programs for younger kids. All Teen Center programs require a $50 annual membership fee.

This Y is available for special events and birthday parties. Call the main number for more information. Rent the pool for a birthday party—rentals are hourly and include a lifeguard. A party host can be added to lead activities in the pool. Fees are $300–$350 per hour.

Varies by program
Financial Assistance
Languages Spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Getting There

Parking in Chinatown is very difficult. There are two city-run parking garages located within a five-minute walk of their facility.

The Portsmouth Square and St. Mary's garages (on California Street near Grant Street) are your best bets for neighborhood parking.

Muni: 1, 30, 45

Afterschool programs are located at:

- John Yehall Chin Elementary School, 350 Broadway
- Yick Wo Elementary School, 2245 Jones Street
- Gordon J. Lau Elementary, 450 Clay Street
- Jean Parker Elementary, 840 Broadway
- Spring Valley Elementary, 1451 Jackson Street
- Chinese Education Center, 657 Merchant Street

Related Programs
John Yehall Chin Elementary School Afterschool Enrichment Program (ExCEL Program)
Yick Wo Elementary School Afterschool Program (ExCEL Program)
YMCA Camp Jones Gulch
Chinese Education Center Afterschool Enrichment Program (ExCEL Program)
Spring Valley Science Magnet Elementary School After School (ExCEL Program)
Jean Parker Elementary School Afterschool Enrichment Program (ExCEL Program)
Gordon Lau Elementary School Afterschool Enrichment Program (ExCEL Program)
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