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ALLIANCE UPDATE: 
OCTOBER 2019

In this Edition: 
  • Year Round Advocacy - YMCA Election Day Child Care
  • Introducing LINK
  • YPN Conference Registration OPEN
  • Lights On Afterschool
  • 2019 National Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 
YMCA ELECTION DAY CHILD CARE

As an organization striving for equity, and access for all, sometimes the lack of child care can prevent parents and caregivers from casting their ballots on Election Day. Y-USA is encouraging Ys across the country to provide free child care on Election Day to give busy parents the opportunity to make it to the polls. 

Sign up here and download the toolkit here.

Election Day Child Care Social Media Posts
Use these social media posts to alert your community that you'll be providing free child care on Election Day.

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.

LINKING Y to Y
EXCHANGE TO LINK 

Y-USA is launching a new knowledge-sharing and social-networking platform that will help the Y’s tens of thousands of staff and volunteers share knowledge and connect with one another in real time. Designed to be easy, social and mobile, Link will quickly and easily give you access to personalized communities of Y colleagues and resources—anytime, anywhere. It launches February 2019. Learn more and sign up to receive Link news in the coming months.



Y-USA plans to host a series of regional meetings between Sept. 25 and Oct. 26 to present and discuss its strategic plan in support of the Commitment to America. Information about Y-USA's evolving service-delivery model also will be presented at these meetings. Read more about the letter about the assessment & plan here.

LIGHTS ON!
19TH ANNUAL LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL

Celebrate the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 25, 2018!

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

Read Governor Rick Scott's Proclomation of October 25th 2018 to be Lights On Afterschool Day in Florida! Read It Here

EARN COLLEGE CREDIT 
USFSP & YIG - CIVIC FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN

As some of you probably know, the application for the Civic Fellows Program is open! We would love to see your YIG students apply for this amazing opportunity to receive college credit for completing the they already do as a member of Youth in Government.

The Civics Fellows Program is a year long course, designed to provide college credit to students for their activities through the Youth In Government program. All delegates in the tenth grade or above, entering their second program year, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is October 24th. 

For a complete application students must:


We have put together a variety of informational resources to help advisors, students, and parents understand the program fully. These can all be found on the website (https://www.floridaymcas.org/yig/usfsp-civic-fellows-program/) or the Resource Directory. You can also access them at the links below.

Overview
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Apply

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to let me know or email civicfellows@floridayig.net.

CONNECTING OUR NETWORK
YPN CHAPTER 27 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN

The YPN Chapter 27 conference is two months away, taking place November 15th and 16th and we couldn't be more excited to have you join us!

We're excited to announce that the conference registration link is NOW open! Registration Link

Fees: YPN Members $149 | YPN Prime Members* $119

*ATTN YPN Prime Members:
Be on the look out for a follow up email with discount link to the conference registration, bringing fee down to $99! 

 

Conference Hotel rate is $149 night at the beautiful
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area,
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, US
Reservation Link to Hotel
 

Please share with your staff and encourage them to attend this inaugural conference!

NEW YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES
2019 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has released their 2019 National Leadership Development Opportunities. These opportunities provide high-quality leadership development opportunities to ensure Y staff at all levels can continue their growth as committed, cause-driven leaders in the Y.

See a preview of the 2019 National Development Opportunities and consider how they can help you reach your career goals next year.

TRANSFORM YOUR GAME 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Build It with KaBOOM! 
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play for America's children by creating great playspaces through the participation and leadership of individual communities. Applications are now being accepted for playground grants through Build It with KaBOOM!, a program that provides eligible communities with most of the funds, tools, and resources they need to build a custom-made playground in a single day. Through the program, selected community groups work closely with a KaBOOM! project manager who will lead activities as well as coordinate the equipment and material purchases for the project. 

Community members will take the lead in recruiting volunteers, securing food and tool donations, and completing any necessary site preparation. Municipalities and nonprofits serving children of playground age are eligible to apply. 

Applicants must contribute $8,500 toward the cost of playground equipment; recruit seventy-five to a hundred community volunteers to participate in playground build day; and own the land on which they wish to build, or possess a long-term lease and obtain permission from the landowner to construct a playground.

Deadline: November 9th.  
Learn more here.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA 
If your Y is looking for a way to support cancer survivors through an evidence-based program, consider applying for a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA grant by Oct. 22
Y-USA will award 25 Ys $3,500 for the purpose of building capacity to launch a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. Review the application on Exchange to find out if this is the right opportunity for your Y. Email questions to EBHI@ymca.net.

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: January 1, 2019

Find more information here


EXTRA, EXTRA
FLORIDA Ys IN THE NEWS

Global Camping Conference
November 7-10
Estes Park, CO

YMCA Professional Network (YPN) Conference
November 15 - 16 
Lake Buena Vista, FL

FLORIDA YIG: Fall Delegate Convention
November 16 - 17 
Lake Buena Vista, FL

FLORIDA LEADERS CLUB: Fall Leaders Rally
December 7 - 9 
Camp Cristina - Riverview, FL




Tampa Fall Regional Training Event
October 1 - December 31, 2018
Event Information


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

FLORIDA YMCAs:
  • 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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