Project S.A.F.E.

The YMCA of Austin - in collaboration with Colin’s Hope - is working toward the goal of providing area pre-k, kinder, and first graders with critical safety, aquatics, and fitness education. The program is Project SAFE (Safety, Aquatics, and Fitness Education).

The YMCA of Austin will provide swim instruction, safety education and fitness activities at no charge to parents. Classes take place at YMCA of Austin branches.

The YMCA of Austin taught 1,746 preK & first-graders to swim in the 2021-2022 school year.

Since the Project SAFE inception in 2009, the Austin YMCA has provided free instruction to more than 20,000 children.


Financial support for Project SAFE has come from the St. David’s Foundation, Shield Ayres Foundation, JE Dunn, Colin’s Hope, YMCA of the USA, and the YMCA of Austin Endowment. 

Austin ISD

  • Andrews Elementary
  • Barbara Jordan Elementary
  • Blanton Elementary
  • Casey Elementary
  • Guerrero-Thompson Elementary
  • Mathews Elementary
  • Oak Hill Elementary
  • Sunset Valley Elementary
  • Uphaus Early Childhood
  • Wooten Elementary


  • Austin Achieve
  • Blanco Vista Elementary
  • Buda Elementary
  • Camino Real Elementary
  • Fuentes Elementary
  • Hemphill Elementary
  • Kyle Elementary
  • Ralph Pfluger Elementary
  • Science Hall Elementary
  • Tom Green Elementary
  • Tobias Elementary
  • Uhland Elementary
Manor ISD
  • Decker Elementary
Wimberly ISD
  • Blue Hole Elementary

Octavio Sanchez, 512-894-3309


Melissa Hogle, 512-933-9622