Youth Development

  • Foster safe environments for children and teens to learn foundational skills, develop healthy and trusting relationships, and build independence. 
  • Support after school, child care, and universal pre-k programs. 
  • Improve students’ educational readiness by promoting year-round learning opportunities in order to lessen the achievement gap. 
  • Advocate for funding that provides Swim Lessons and Water Safety classes for all school aged children
  • Support increased funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). CCDBG supports economically disadvantaged families by increasing the availability, affordability and quality of child care.  
  • Support the community school strategy by investing $30 million for the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program.

Healthy Living

  • Create healthier communities through statewide initiatives that support the well-being of people of all ages and abilities. 
  • Provide financial assistance for individuals unable to afford YMCA memberships and program fees.
  • Support $160 million for CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division, $5 million for Million Hearts and $37 million for WISEWOMAN. 
  • Support $110 million for CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Expand evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs. 
  • Support $50 million for CDC’s Comprehensive Cancer Program, for a deeper federal investment in evidence-based cancer survivorship programs.
  • Support $110 million for CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO), including resources to support the Y’s Healthy Weight and Your Child Program. 

Social Responsibility

  • Promote volunteerism and togetherhood as community-based solutions for positive change. 
  • Promote access and availability of health care and wellness programs for citizens.  
  • Increase charitable giving by supporting a universal deduction that encourages more giving. 
  • Support $11 million for the National Park Service (NPS) Youth Partnership Programs at the Department of Interior.
  • Cosponsor the Every Kid Outdoors Act. 

Become a Y Advocate!

Believing that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, deserves to be healthy, confident, connected and secure, the Y is a powerful ally and advocate for our communities.

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y collaborates with national and community-based leaders and policymakers to increase the resources and support that empower individuals, families and communities to learn, grow and thrive.

As an advocate of the Y, you can help:

  • Influence policies and initiatives that help youth develop healthy behaviors, values and life skills
  • Prevent and combat chronic disease
  • Build trust and understanding among community groups and decision makers
  • Positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation and your community

Advocate in support of a movement working every day to build healthier communities. Interested in joining our Y advocacy action network? 

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