Mr. Ramirez has many years of professional and volunteer experience addressing the needs of children and young people in the Santa Barbara community. He currently serves as a Program Leader for the A-OK after school program model instituted at six Santa Barbara Unified School District elementary schools. Mr. Ramirez has also worked with young people at El Puente and La Cuesta high schools in Santa Barbara, and he uses his unique skills to lead a men’s group at Jodi House, an organization serving brain injury survivors and their families in the Santa Barbara area. He also has nine years of experience working in local and national radio and television production.
Mr. Ramirez is currently the Vice Chair of the Community Development and Human Services Committee of the City of Santa Barbara, and he serves on the Board of PUEBLO. He is also a member of the Surfrider Foundation, More Mesa Preserve Coalition and supporter of the Pacific Pride Foundation’s Annual Aids Walk.
Mr. Ramirez received a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University Northridge, a BA in Cinema and Television Arts from CSU Northridge and he is a Santa Barbara City College Graduate.
About the Youth and Family Services YMCA:
The Youth and Family Services YMCA is a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, a cause-driven organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA.
Youth and Family Services YMCA serves over 600 children and young people each year through Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the Isla Vista Teen Center, My Home at Artisan Court, and Support and Outreach Services. Children and young people in high-risk environments that participate in YFS programs experience increased safety, health and wellbeing and they increase their capacity for self-sufficiency by building skills for independence and developing lasting relationships with adults who are committed to their success.
The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs.
Mission: The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men, women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind and body.