Advocate With the Y

Lasting positive change in your community is possible. As an advocate for the YMCA, you can take an active role in influencing policy that can help make your community healthier, happier and more equitable.

Advocate With the Y

When you advocate with the YMCA, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change for your family, neighbors and community. Having served our nation for nearly 175 years, the Y has a deep understanding of how to strengthen our communities. With the help of our many partners, the Y’s goal is to provide everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

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Learn about the Y’s 2024 priorities:

  • Supporting the healthy development of youth
  • Building bright futures and strong communities
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of youth
  • Preventing and controlling chronic diseases and promoting health equity
  • Creating safer futures
  • Building a sustainable future
  • Connecting individuals and communities to needed resources
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2024 Local Priorities:

  • Empower Youth
  • Build Healthier Families
  • Foster Inclusive Communities
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Become an advocate: As an advocate of the Y, you can help:

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

Get involved: YMCA Youth & Government is a national program of the YMCA that involves thousands of teens in state-organized model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy.

YMCA Youth & Government students have a better understanding of the workings of the government, foster an understanding of other’s problems and understand the concept of unity as it applies to the political process. Please note that there is an additional registration process through the State Program.

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