YMCA Names Foothills CEO to State Board

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

California State of Alliance of YMCAs voted the CEO of YMCA of the Foothills, Vince Iuculano, onto its board.
“I’m deeply honored, and quite frankly humbled, to be nominated and then elected by my colleagues,” said Iuculano about the unanimous vote on Nov. 9. “This is a special opportunity for our YMCA to serve as an advocate on behalf of other small- to mid-size Y’s, among the large Y’s in the room.”
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YMCA Receives $15K from Citizens Business Bank

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Marilyn Anderson from Citizens Business Bank presented a check for $15,000 to Vince Iuculano, CEO of YMCA of the Foothills, to support the nonprofit’s chaplain services and mission advancement on Nov. 9. in the Samuelson Chapel at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.
“Our shared work in providing access and opportunity to under-served and under-resourced populations in the foothill region through early childhood education, youth, teen and family programming for low-median income households has positively impacted the lives of countless people,” said Iuculano.
Since 2012, the partnership between the bank and the YMCA has been one fueled with a passion for making a positive impact on youth and the community. CBB helped the YMCA of the Foothills obtain critical financial support from various programs throughout the pandemic.
Individuals can support the cause by visiting ymcafoothills.org.

YMCA Receives $15K from Citizens Business Bank

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Marilyn Anderson from Citizens Business Bank presented a check for $15,000 to Vince Iuculano, CEO of YMCA of the Foothills, to support the nonprofit’s chaplain services and mission advancement on Nov. 9. in the Samuelson Chapel at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA .
“Our shared work in providing access and opportunity to under-served and under-resourced populations in the foothill region through early childhood education, youth, teen and family programming for low-median income households has positively impacted the lives of countless people,” said Iuculano.
Since 2012, the partnership between the bank and the YMCA has been one fueled with a passion for making a positive impact on youth and the community. CBB helped the YMCA of the Foothills obtain critical financial support from various programs throughout the pandemic.
Individuals can support the cause by visiting ymcafoothills.org.

YMCA’s Young Gym Is Part of $7 Million Campaign

Photo courtesy Young family
The Young family appeared in this 30-year-old photo that was published in the Valley Sun in 1991. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Vanessa Young Burnett and Charlie Young. Second row: Monica Young Skeehan, Vicki Young Aldridge and Doris Young Coates. Third row: Philip Young III, Liz Young, Karen Young and the late Robert Coates. Top row: Phil (Chip) Young Jr. and Scott Young.

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA (CCY) just unveiled a freshly restored Young Family Gymnasium, the addition of three pickleball courts, spiffy new women’s and men’s locker rooms, and an updated membership lobby and multipurpose room.
The CCY, which is under the YMCA of the Foothills “umbrella,” has been operating at limited capacity since the end of June 2020 when it created a 4,000-square-foot covered outdoor “airnaysium,” where members could safely work out. The increased downtime and reduced traffic from the pandemic presented the opportunity for some overdue upgrades and additions.
Last week, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the locker rooms, which alone received $1.7-million worth of improvements, including two new Swedish dry saunas. That revamp is considered Phase 1 of the CCY’s “A Time to Build” campaign — a three-phase, $7-million expansion that aims to provide greater physical and financial accessibility to the community. The locker rooms also mark the location’s first major project since “Renew the Resource,” a $3.5-million capital development campaign that was launched in 1992.
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Family Seeks Answers From YMCA After Teen’s Drowning

Photo by Christian Leonard / News-Press
Mairena and Phil Jacobs (right) organized a protest Monday in connection with the death of their son, Colin, at a YMCA of the Foothills branch, saying the tragedy was preventable.

A Glendale family spearheaded a protest outside the offices of the YMCA of the Foothills this week to demand information about their son’s drowning death at the organization’s La Crescenta facility.
Colin Jacobs, a 19-year-old USC student, died on July 1 while on duty as a summer camp counselor at the YMCA branch in La Crescenta. A longtime volunteer for the organization, he was less than two weeks away from his 20th birthday.
Now, two months later, his family and friends say the YMCA of the Foothills has yet to explain the circumstances surrounding Jacobs’ drowning, or provide any promise to change its policies, saying that better practices might have avoided the tragedy.
On Monday, about 50 people gathered with signs in front of the organization’s La Cañada Flintridge location, which was chosen because it hosts the YCMA’s administrative offices, though it is not the site where Jacobs drowned.
“It could have very easily been prevented,” Phil Jacobs said of the death of his son, adding that Colin Jacobs could have suffered a seizure in the pool. “It was a very, very senseless death to somebody who was so focused on what he wanted to do and helping others. … He was an all-around great kid. He didn’t deserve this fate.”
The tragedy was referenced in a newsletter from YMCA of the Foothills CEO Vince Iuculano that was posted on the organization’s website on July 6. The statement included few details, saying that “out of respect for the family and the ongoing investigative process with the authorities, we can only share a limited update.”
But the Glendale family, which includes Colin’s mother, Mairena, and sister, Amber, said that it did not request that the YMCA withhold information — and that in fact family members have sought more details.
Phil Jacobs explained that the family contracted an attorney to speak with the YCMA’s attorney, hoping to arrange a meeting between the family and the nonprofit organization. But then, he said, the YMCA’s representative stopped responding to emails.

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