Since the early days of the Peace Corps there has been an association and friendship between the Foundation President Joe Jaycox and the YMCA.

The Director of the Venezuelan Board of The Chico Carrasquel Foundation, Hernan Romero, was actually Joe’s Spanish Teacher and Cultural Guide in Venezuela and helped ease the language and cultural difference barriers. It was Hernan who introduced Joe to the people and place that he has grown to love and admire so much.

Hernan has been a big part of the YMCA in Venezuela for many years and there is now a formal association between the Chico Carrasquel Foundation and the YMCA in Venezuela. There are many projects that are co-sponsored with the YMCA, in Venezuela and in the United States.



It is with great sadness that we annouce the passing of our dear YMCA friend Elias Polo.  It is through his efforts that the YMCA in Velencia is the amazing facility that it is.  He will be missed 8-29-10


Elias Polo

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