A new chapter in the history of this city’s youth center began when the YMCA took over operation of this site, where it is maintaining their past youth programs and plans to add new ones currently being offered in Yuma.

The city’s James E. Kerley Youth Center it was transitioned from the Somerton Parks and Recreation Department in early February under an agreement recently approved by unanimous vote of the Somerton City Council.


“We are very excited to be able to be in Somerton. This is just the beginning of something big. YMCA is more than a gymnasium. We are the YMCA of Yuma but we don’t consider ourselves as only being part of the city of Yuma, but rather of the entire county.”

Shawn Strandberg
President of the YMCA’s Board of Director


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