In 2014, the Department of the Interior announced a national Youth Initiative; and in partnership with the National League of Cities (NLC) and YMCA of the USA, coordinated efforts to provide essential outdoor programming to youth. The Y and partners bridged the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors by creating meaningful connections to nature for millions of children, young adults and veterans in communities across the country. With its Centennial in 2016, the National Park Service worked closely with partners including the Y to ensure opportunities for all to explore, learn, be inspired or to simply have fun through community-based recreation, conservation, and programs in the next century.
We have a 2020 Vision that the healthiest children in America will live in the Bay Area, building skills and habits for a healthy life, and enabling them to reach their highest potential through the strength of the communities we serve. This vision focuses upon strategic partnerships, holistic and innovative programs, early intervention, and leadership development- all critical components of the Play, Learn, Serve, Work initiative.