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JUNE 2018

In this Edition: 
  • Year Round Advocacy - Summer Campaign
  • Emergency Preparedness Seminar
  • Summer Teen Programs
  • National Voter Registration Day
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News


Campaign & Elections
In Florida, the 2018 election campaigns are fully underway.  The people elected make decisions which affect citizens of Florida for both the short and long term. This matters to you, as a resident, as well as a YMCA. 

Following our year-round advocacy plan, it is important to know who the candidates running for each position are. They could be volunteers, members, or donors. 
A normal campaign season will run as followed: 

  • May - August: Primary Election, Election Day: August 28
  • August - November: General Election, Election Day:  November 6 
As we get further into campaign season you will see more people get involved in the political process. This involvement can include comments on social media, door knocking, registering voters, or donating money, and a variety of similar activities.

Ys, as 501(c)(3) organizations, have to be careful. Under IRS rules, a 501(c)(3) cannot engage in the  political process the same way as an individual or a for-profit corporation.

For help on this, check out Y-USA Campaign & Elections Do's and Don'ts.

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Alliance of YMCAs. 

Summer Campaign
Summer is the perfect time to engage public officials. Invite public officials to see your Safety Around Water program, Summer Camps, or tour the YMCA to get a better understanding on the Ys role in their community.

On-Going Advocacy
Find your local Senator here, and your local Representative here.   

Be on the look out for our Advocacy & Public Policy Guide and Advocacy Toolkit for future advocacy planning!

For a complete guide check out Y-USA's Updated Engaging with Public Officials Toolkit and the Exchange Page for Tools and Resources


The Florida Alliance of YMCAs we will be holding an Emergency Preparedness Seminar in Orlando on June 29th 2018. In partnership with FEMA, we will discuss how to best prepare your Y and staff for the hurricane season. As we saw with Hurricane Harvey & Irma, it is imperative our Ys are prepared as we mover further into the hurricane season. 

When: Friday, June 29th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Where: Central Florida YMCA Corporate Office, 433 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Audience: CEOs, & Emergency Management Staff 
Notes:  We will have the meeting available on Skype, but in-person attendance is welcome.

Please email for details. 


Blue Ridge Leaders School
Since its creation in 1922 Blue Ridge Leaders’ School has retained its basic philosophy of training teens to be leaders in all aspects of YMCA physical education. The purpose of Blue Ridge Leaders’ School is teen leadership development through YMCA health and physical education. Blue Ridge Leaders’ School is not a camp. Rather it is a physical education training school profoundly structured with high standards of behavior, physical participation, and individual performance.
When: June 16th - 23rd 2018
Where: YMCA Blue Ridge, Black Mountain, NC
For More information click here.

Conference on National Affairs
The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs was started in 1968 as a follow-up to the outstanding states Youth in Government programs conducted by the YMCA throughout the US.  Last year, young people from thirty-three states and the District of Columbia participated in the conference. 
When: June 30h - July 5th 2018
Where: YMCA Blue Ridge, Black Mountain, NC
For More information click here. 

Christian Values Conference
The YMCA Christian Values Conference brings together young people from across the country. The conference is held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The setting, with its beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, reminds us all of God’s handiwork.
When: July 15th - 19th 2018
Where: YMCA Blue Ridge, Black Mountain, NC
For More information click here

Y-Corps: Service in the Sunshine
Y-Corps is a service-learning program for students who want to make a difference in their communities across Florida. Composed 25-30 rising freshmen and sophomores delegates and 6-8 rising and graduating senior team leaders, the Y-Corps team travels with graduate advisors volunteers across Florida the first week of August. 
When: July 29th - August 3rd 2018
Where: State-wide

YMCA Swimming Long Course Championships
The YMCA Long Course Nationals is a celebration of YMCA athletes’ accomplishments both in and out the swimming pool. This meet is a sanctioned, closed, interassociation National YMCA championship meet. 
When: July 30th - August 4th 2018
Where: College Park, MD
For More information click here


National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) takes place each year on the fourth Tuesday of September. It's sponsored by the bipartisan National Association of Secretaries of State.

YMCA of the USA has signed on as a partner of NVRD and encourages Ys to hold voter registration drives on or around Sept. 25. 
Falling two weeks before the first state registration deadlines for the November election, NVRD is a great day to register new voters and celebrate democracy. 

Starting in July you can sign up as an NVRD partner and receive free materials.

A toolkit and resources for local Y participation will also be available in July. 

For more information, click here


U.S. Soccer Foundation

Since 1995, the  U.S. Soccer Foundation  has awarded grants to more than six hundred organizations in the United States in support of projects designed to keep children in underserved communities active, healthy, and safe. Urban areas often lack available space for children to play outside. In order to provide an opportunity for all children to play soccer, the foundation has taken on the task of providing children across the nation with places to play.

To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Safe Places to Play program, which provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance a field space in their communities. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for the installation of field surfaces, lighting, and irrigation for field space in urban settings.

To be eligible, an applicant must apply on behalf of a program or project operating in the U.S., and be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, school, municipality, college or university, or sovereign tribal nation.

LOIs are must be received no later than September 3. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by September 28, 2018.
Full RFP here

The Green Education Foundation
The Green Education Foundation, in partnership with Gardener's Supply Company, is accepting applications from schools and youth groups for its Green Thumb Challenge.

Through the program, a prize of $500 will be awarded to a school or youth group to advance the sustainability of a successful youth garden program that has impacted the lives of kids and their community. Applicants must submit a chronicle of their project, including photographs and descriptions.

To be eligible, applicants must be a school or youth group with existing garden program involving youth in grades K-12. The program will not consider proposals for gardens that do not yet exist.

Applications due September 30th
Full RFP here


Blue Ridge Leaders' School
June 16 - 23 2018
Black Mountain, NC

Conference on National Affairs
June 27 - July 6 2018
Black Mountain, NC

Christian Values Conference
July 15 - 19 2018
Black Mountain, NC

Y-Corps: Service in the Sunshine
July 29 - August 4th 

2018 YMCA Swimming Long Course Championship
July 30 - August 3rd 
College Park, MD

Tampa Spring Regional Training Event
April 1 - June 30, 2018
Event Information

Manatee Mini Training Event
June 25 - July 8, 2018
Event Information

Tampa Summer Regional Training Event
July 1 - September 30, 2018
Event Information

Contact Rhonda McVey, Regional Training Director, YUSA Training Partner YMCA, for more information.

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