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Free YMCA membership in summer


Teens will get in for free at YMCAs throughout Los Angeles County this summer. The “Get Summer” program offers free memberships to teens aged 12-17 at all 26 YMCA locations in Los Angeles County during June and July.

The YMCA locations participating in the free summer membership program stretch to the edges of Los Angeles County, and include YMCAs in Lancaster, Monrovia and San Pedro, as well as in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.

The goal is to sign up at least 10,000 teens with free memberships this summer, YMCA Metropolitan Los Angeles President Alan Hostrup said.

Free meals will also be provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District at some YMCA locations with “high need,” and part-time jobs at the YMCA will be available to young people aged 14-24, according to Juan De La Cruz, vice president of community development of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

De La Cruz said a typical family membership is about $32 a month, but the YMCA does not typically turn away people, “so it’s free anyway.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District board President Steve Zimmer and county Supervisor Hilda Solis joined YMCA officials to announce the free membership promotion.