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In this edition:

- Local Delegation Meetings
- 2017 Florida Leadership Conference - Request for Presenters
- Statewide Programs Kick Off
-  Hurricane Irma Response
- Funding Opportunities


The start of the 2017-2018 Florida Legislative Session is upon us! To kick off the legislative session, legislators normally hold Local County Delegation Meetings in their home county(ies). These meetings will normally include introduction of proposed local bills, presentations focusing on economic development and upcoming legislative priorities of the members, as well as time to hear from local organizations and agencies.

The Florida Alliance of YMCAs Advocacy Team will be reaching out to local Ys to work with your local association to attend delegation meetings of interest to Statewide efforts.  

When considering attending a local delegation meeting here are some helpful tips:
  • Know your members - Find out more about them. What committees do they sit on? What things are they passionate about? Do any of those passions align with the Y commitment to strengthen communities? 
  • Have an elevator speech - Have a clear, brief message about your Y and some of the initiatives you are working on. 
  • Thank them - Thank them for their time, and commitment to the community they serve. You can do this face to face, with a card, or over social media. 
For a complete guide check out Y-USA's Engaging with Public Officials Toolkit


The Florida Alliance of YMCA’s are requesting Program Spotlights and Session proposals to be submitted for the 2017 Florida YMCA Leadership Conference!

The 2017 FLORIDA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE will provide opportunities for cause driven leaders around the State of Florida to share their successes in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility and Youth Development while supporting community leadership skills building. We have two options for Ys and Community Partners to participate as content experts in this event;  Program Spotlights and Sessions. 

Program Spotlights will consist of best in class, innovative, mission driven, programs, each to be showcased on an 6 foot table, that will be displayed at the Florida YMCA Leadership Conference Hall.  

Sessions are 45 minute interactive learning sessions that will focus on management solutions for at least one of three areas of focus, Youth Development, Healthy Living, or Social Responsibility, with a focus in one of these sub-topics:  Membership, Human Resources/Risk Management, Financial Development, Advocacy, CEO/CVO Resources.

Request For Presenter Form

The Form will close September 27th 2017 to allow for all response to be read and the next steps to be communicated.



Our Statewide Programs have kicked off! The Florida Alliance of YMCAs Foundation has three key statewide programs. Youth In Government, YMCA Reads!, and Safety Around Water. Read about each of these programs below.

Youth In Government
Youth In Government is a youth-run, youth-led holistic teen development program that focuses on developing leadership and life skills through active civic engagement. 

Founded in 1957, the YMCA Youth In Government program, at all levels, is designed to help delegates understand that in order to lead, you must first learn how to serve others. This practice of servant leadership guides our program.

For more information contact, Samantha Lane

YMCA Reads!
YMCA READS! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program where at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

This early intervention program improves students’ reading skills through mentoring and the use of a research-based, data-driven curriculum. It also helps students achieve or maintain satisfactory school attendance and behavior both essential ingredients to school success.

For more information contact, Shartrina White

Safety Around Water
Safety Around Water is multi-layered program designed to reduce the number of drownings in the State of Florida.  This will be done through local grants for water safety lessons, grants to begin or continue the work of local drowning prevention task forces, the launch of a statewide drowning prevention task force, and a media campaign around drowning prevention. 

This drowning prevention program will offer Safety Around Water Lessons to at-risk and underserved individuals. To support this effort, the Y in partnership with Florida Department of Health, will be starting a State-wide drowning prevention task force, bringing together a number of organizations to collaborate and launch a media campaign in 2018.

For more information contact, Scott Fahrney


The Florida Alliance of YMCAs hopes each of you and your family members are safe from Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma has inflicted terrible damage on communities across Florida, and many people are in need of shelter, safety and support. YMCAs across the state are stepping forward to meet these needs and any others that may arise as communities recover and rebuild. 

Please feel free to share this link as you see fit.

Here is also a press release that Ys can use in response to Irma recovery. #FloridaStrong


Navigating Community Health Resource Grant
Helping people navigate the community health care system and connecting them to resources is one way organizations can address health inequities. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Y-USA will help up to 10 Ys establish and refine best practices in providing community health navigation services. Applications for the Navigating Community Health Resources Grant, due Sept. 27, can be submitted through Easygrants. Questions? Email

Finish Line Foundation - Youth Athletics & Camp Grant
The Finish Line Youth Foundation, the charitable arm of athletic products retailer Finish Line, provides funding to support youth athletic programs and sports-based camps, especially those serving disadvantaged children and those with special needs.
The foundation provides grants in three categories: Programmatic Grants, Legacy Grants, and Founder's Grants.  More information Here.

Shade Structure - Sun Protection Grant
The American Academy of Dermatology (AA) Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. 
More Information Here

Membership Forum
November 7-9, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Financial Managers Conference
November 13-15, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

Florida YMCA Leadership Conference
November 16-17, 2017 
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Florida YIG: Fall Delegation Convention
November 17-1, 2017 
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Tampa Summer Regional Training Event
July 1 - September 30, 2017
Event Information

Tampa Fall Regional Training Event
October 1 - December 31, 2017
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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