"When I first came to the Y for swim lessons I was nervous about being the oldest, and not knowing anyone, but once I got better and joined the swim team I felt proud. I wasn't the best on the team, but I watched the older kids and wanted to be faster than them. Now I'm one of the older kids and an inspiration for the kids that are just starting.

Thanks to Kenji's coaching I've been able to reach my full potential in the pool and learned to persevere. When I work through a challenge it reminds me that with hard work you can get through it. Thanks to Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation I've been able to learn to swim, work on my skills, and share them with others."

-- Carlos Flores

We're proud to support swimmers like
Carlos Flores, Peninsula Family YMCA
2016 Youth Hero Award Winner


We promote healthy lifestyles, improve personal safety, and provide structure for lifelong achievement by providing subsidies for aquatic programs serving disadvantaged youth

Since our inception we have served over 2800 children, subsidizing over 21,000 swim lessons and over 7000 hours of other aquatic activities

Thank You The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, Innovate Family Foundation, The Olympic Club Foundation, Palo Alto Community Fund, Philanthropic Ventures/Facebook Local Community Fund, and our many individual donors for your generous support!