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When Everything Changes

The ASYMCA San Diego is there to ensure no military family is left behind.

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Operation Little Learners

Join Operation Little Learners, a dynamic family program that nurtures early childhood development through fun parent-child interactions. Our classes kick off on October 2nd at the vibrant Gateway and Liberty Housing's Village at NTC. Don't miss out—register today to supercharge your child's growth while creating unforgettable moments together!


Fall Festival

Fall Festival is the event of the season. With the help of our donors, partners, and local vendors, we are able to provide our military families with memories that will last for a lifetime. Families enjoy our petting zoo, retail vendors, line dancing, rock climbing wall, food stations, laser tag course, horseback riding, and more! Did we mention the pumpkin patch and numerous selfie stations? The Fall Festival will be held on October 21, 2023.


Our Mission

The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.

Our focus is to provide needed programs and services for single or married junior enlisted personnel and their family members. The Armed Services YMCA San Diego empowers military families, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships, and opportunities for all to learn, grow, and thrive.

What We Do for Our Military Community

Our programs empower young people, improve health and well-being, as well as provide support and inspire action in our communities today and every day. Explore our offerings below to discover new ways to connect to your purpose, potential, and each other.

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Browse programs exclusively tailored to meet the needs of military children and parents in San Diego. Register your child for after school care, seasonal camps, and early childhood classes.

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Healthy Living Services

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego supports a healthy lifestyle for military members through medical support programs at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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Community Outreach

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego and our community partners work together to enhance the lives of military members and their families through food distributions, events, ticket give aways, toy drives, and much more.

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Thanks to our sponsors and partners, Armed Services YMCA San Diego can offer a wider range of programs and services to enlisted military families stationed in the region. We appreciate their dedication, generous contributions, and help in strengthening our local military families.

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Horse of the Sun Ranch

A western oasis awaits our military families only a few miles away from the city. The Armed Services YMCA San Diego’s Horse of the Sun Ranch is the prime location for rejuvenation for military members and their families. With an array of equestrian and ranch activities, military families spend time strengthening their bond. Nestled in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains in Pine Valley, California, the Horse of the Sun Ranch immerses the body’s five senses into tranquility that focuses on the spirit, mind, and body.

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Armed Services YMCA San Diego operates programs and services to ease the burden of military families and single service members who are currently serving, with an emphasis on junior enlisted personnel. We work with installation leadership to ensure a network of support for military families stationed in San Diego and the surrounding areas. This collaboration allows us to identify and address gaps in services that pose a hardship to service members and their families—hardships that can negatively affect mission readiness.

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Operation Hero

Operation Hero is a curriculum built into our after school program for military children in grades 2nd-8th. It's designed to help students cope and adjust to the unique challenges of military life, such as frequent moves and deployment separation.

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Emergency Food Assistance

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego aids military families by providing food items in times of crisis, such as pandemics, natural disasters, or financial emergencies. Twice a month, the ASYMCA San Diego hosts drive-thru food distributions.

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Operation Ride Home

Nationally sponsored by Jack Daniels, Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to active duty junior enlisted military and their families to travel home for the holidays.

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Ranch Days

Get ready for a blast at Ranch Day! Our events unite military members, families, and kids from different branches for a day packed with excitement. From laser tag to horseback riding, there's something for all ages. Forge friendships while trying archery, hiking, crafts, and more. Fun activities mean unforgettable memories and new friends. Learn more about this event at our Horse of the Sun Ranch in Pine Valley, CA.


Why It Matters


The number of times military children will be transferred by the 12th grade


The percentage of military families who feel isolated from their communities

7 in 10

The ratio of military parents struggling to access affordable, quality childcare.


The percentage of military children on free or reduced-price lunch programs.

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