Christmas trees can also help area youth

Christmas trees at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA have a tradition of giving back to the Youth & Government and Model United Nations programs. This is due to the hard work of delegates and staff who organize and run the YMCA’s annual tree lot.

All proceeds from this popular and festive event go to help subsidize fees and provide sponsorships for the students.

As an integral part of the YMCA of the Foothills, Youth & Government provides students with practical experience in state government. Participants study issues, draft legislation and learn how to present their legislation in a committee, and debate on the floor of the House or Senate.

Delegates at the Crescenta-Cañada branch have held numerous prestigious statewide leadership positions in past years including Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General and State Governor.

On Nov. 15, Crescenta-Cañada and Verdugo Hills Family YMCA delegations returned from a weekend trip to Camp Roberts.

Approximately 2,272 students from 72 different YMCAs across the state of California met for a weekend of training and elections. Both delegations, combined from the YMCA of the Foothills, now represent the largest coalition in the statewide program and delegates from each branch had great success at this year’s camp elections.

Funding for this trip came in part from sales for YMCA fundraisers including the annual tree lot.

Keeping this in mind, the staff of the YMCA urges you to visit the lot at 1930 Foothill Blvd. to purchase your Christmas tree. The lot opens on Dec. 4.