Staff Appreciation Day 2021
The LA Y is many things – community empowerment hubs, family-friendly health facilities and places to connect. It’s through those who understand and believe in the mission of the Y that this work is possible. Y work is not only understood but exemplified through our talented team. For this reason, Thursday, October 21 was a monumental day for the LA Y as it marked the Association’s first official Staff Appreciation Day. Team members were celebrated for their hard work and dedication with different festivities across our branches. Thank you to our fantastic LA Y team for all that you do

ERG Spotlight - LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group
October was an incredible month for the Association as the LGBTQ+ ERG celebrated LGBTQ+ History Month with National Coming Out Week (October 11th-15th) and Spirit Day (October 21st). On Spirit Day, the LGBTQ+ ERG encouraged colleagues to wear purple in solidarity against bullying, create a pledge wall, and, when available, host a reading of the comic Lights, Camera...Identity.
Employee Referral Program
For a limited time, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of the Association’s Employee Referral Program! Until further notice, the eligibility requirements have been modified. An active LA Y employee who refers another person OR a new employee who remains in the position for at least 3 months are both eligible to receive a $100 referral bonus. Please contact Metro Human Resources for more information!
The Waller Taylor II Exceptional Service Award
The Waller Taylor II Exceptional Service Award was established in 1984 to recognize the extraordinary men and women whose contributions helped to lay the foundations for their YMCAs to grow and thrive. Since 1984, this prestigious award has only been bestowed upon 13 people. At the 2021 Annual Celebration, held on October 14th, the Waller Taylor II award was presented to two of our LA Y team members, Lionnel Zaragoza and Mario Valenzuela as each have demonstrated exceptional service and dedication to advancing the mission of the Y. Congratulations to Lionnel and Mario on this historic achievement!
Curious about what our Youth Development team was up to all summer?

Oh, just changing 3,000 lives…NBD.

Thank you to Chris Jefferson and his incredible team for an adventurous and impactful summer 2021!

From Torrance's TRICK, TREAT & PLAY NIGHT to Wilmington's 2nd ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS RUN, there are lots of opportunities to explore fun, Fall festivities throughout the Association! Check out the Association calendar on our website for upcoming events

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