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In this Edition: 
  • Year Round Advocacy - Committee Weeks 
  • 2019 National YMCA Advocacy Days
  • Volusia Flagler Y & North Central Florida Y Welcome new CEOs
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News


The start of the 2018-2019 Florida Legislative Session is upon us! Committee weeks kicked off Tuesday, December 11th 2018. 

This year, Committee weeks will fall on the following weeks:

  • Monday, Dec 11-Friday, Dec 14, 2018
  • Monday, Jan 7-Friday, Jan 11, 2019
  • Tuesday, Jan 22-Friday, Jan 25, 2019
  • Monday, Feb 4 -Friday, Feb 8, 2019
  • Monday, Feb 11 -Friday, Feb 15, 2019
  • Monday, Feb 18 -Friday, Feb 22, 2019

During the non committee weeks, Ys have the opportunity to meet with their legislators in their districts, invite their legislators to Y events and engage them outside of Tallahassee.

The Florida Alliance of YMCAs Advocacy Team will be reaching out to local Ys to work with your local association to schedule & attend meetings per usual.  

On-Going Advocacy
For tips on engaging your elected officials visit the Find Your Legislator page on our website! 

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


National Advocacy Days, is March 4-6 2019. Join colleagues  from around the country in Washington, DC to learn about the Y’s legislative priorities, connect with your members of Congress, and learn about what it means to be a Y advocate. 


Meet Florida's National Youth Advocates

  • Emma Barska, YMCA of the Treasure Coast
  • Tina Bhatt, YMCA of the Suncoast
  • Jackson Gaines, North Central Florida YMCA

These Youth Advocates play an important roll in National Advocacy Days. They are trained to understand how to conduct legislative visits, briefed on the YMCA's legislative priorities and taught that their voice matters to the YMCA movement. 

Importance of National Advocacy Days in the Florida Alliance of YMCAs Advocacy Plan

As constituents, policymakers want and need to hear from you. By speaking to your representatives about the Y’s legislative priorities and how their decisions can impact your Y, policymakers receive a first-hand look at issues in their communities. 

This year, discussions around policy & funding for 21st Century, Chronic Disease Prevention, and Safety Around Water will take place. This Federal Advocacy push will enhance the work that we do in our state.  




The Volusia Flagler YMCA & North Central Florida YMCA both welcome new CEOs!


The Volusia Flagler YMCA has named Chris Seilkop as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 7. 

Chris has a rich career with the YMCA with his latest impact being as the CEO for the YMCA of the Golden Crescent in Victoria, Texas. During his 7 years as the Golden Crescent CEO, Chris conducted 2 capital campaigns and opened a preschool. Before that he was the Vice-President and COO for the Volusia Flagler YMCA and served as the interim CEO of the West Volusia YMCA and assisted with the merger of the Greater Daytona YMCA.

He is past president of the Victoria Rotary Club, serves on the Board Nomination and Governance Committee for USA Volleyball, as well as serves on the Athlete Advisory Council for the United States Olympic Committee, Chair of the Beach Commission for World ParaVolley and is a member of the YMCA Volleyball Hall of Fame.


The North Central Florida YMCA has named Angela Howard as CEO, effective January 17th.

Previously, Angela was the Executive Director of the Middletown Area YMCA, Great Miami Valley association in Ohio. She has served the YMCA movement for over 14 years providing organizational and community leadership. During her time at the Middletown Area YMCA, Angela developed an innovative P.E. program, in partnership with the local school district, serving 450 freshman students each year. She also led the association Leadership Development Institute to develop program directors and received the Kiwanis Club Community Service Award for her work in the community. 

Angela is highly skilled in developing and training diverse teams and building strong community collaborations and partnerships. She is passionate about community and serves on many boards and committees, such as: United Way Action Council, Kiwanis, Middletown Arts Festival, Middletown City Schools Key Communicators, Chamber of Commerce Education & Career, and Safety Council/Coalition for Healthy Middletown. She also serves as a trainer/facilitator for the YMCA of the USA, and subcommittee chair with the Multicultural Advisory Committee. Angela holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Wiley College. 


Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Grant
The Florida Alliance of YMCAs has received a Hypertension grant from YMCA of the USA. The alliance will be working with partners from the Florida Department of Health and the American Hearty Association, as well as Florida Ys to deliver the grant. This statewide funding is about $15,000. For more information or to get involved with this work, Y's should contact John Trombetta.

In addition to the state funding, Florida Ys are also encouraged to apply for the 2018-2019 YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Grant from Y-USA. Fifty eligible Ys will be awarded $8,500 to build their capacity and become a provider of the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program. These Ys should also contact John Trombetta.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Invites Applications From Youth Baseball and Softball Programs
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

BTF awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Find more information here


FLORIDA YIG: 62nd Annual State Assembly
February 20th - 23rd 2019 
Tallahassee, FL

2019 National YMCA Advocacy Days
March 4th - 6th 2019
Washington, D.C. 

FLORIDA YIG: Youth Advocates Program at Children's Week
March 23rd - 27th 2019
Tallahassee, FL

South Palm Beach County Mini Training Event
February 28 - March 3, 2019
Event Information

St. Petersburg Regional Training Event
January 9 - March 29, 2019
Event Information

Tampa Winter Regional Training Event
January 9 - March 29, 2019
Event Information

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

  • Central Florida Metro YMCA  
  • Florida's First Coast YMCA
  • Highlands County Family YMCA  
  • Lake Wales Family YMCA
  • Manatee County Family YMCA
  • Greater Marco Family YMCA
  • Greater Naples YMCA
  • North Central Florida YMCA
  • YMCA of Northwest Florida
  • Palm Beaches Metropolitan YMCA
  • YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
  • Sarasota Family YMCA
  • The SKY Family YMCA
  • YMCA of South Florida
  • YMCA of South Palm Beach County
  • YMCA of the Suncoast
  • Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
  • YMCA of the Treasure Coast
  • Volusia/Flagler Family YMCA
  • YMCA of West Central Florida
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