Advocate With the Y

At the Y, everything we do is in service of making us—as individuals, and as communities—better. When you advocate with the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change for your family, friends and community.

The National Y’s (YUSA) Public Policy Priorities.

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Learn about the Y’s youth development policy priorities:

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2023 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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