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In this edition:

  • Year Round Advocacy - Session Update
  • Alliance Facebook
  • YPN Prime Membership
  • Y-USA Capitol News 2017 Year End Review
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News


Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 marked the start of the 2018 Florida Session! 

This legislative session the Florida Alliance of YMCAs will be tracking bills that relate to the following topics: (HB = House Bill | SB = Senate Bill)

  • Controlled Substances/Opioids (HB21/SB 8) (HB 3785*)
  • Financial Literacy as a H.S Graduation Requirement (SB 88)
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety (HB 117)
  • Licensure of Child Care Programs (HB 1129/SB 1520)
  • Safe Neighborhood Improvement Loans (HB 1405/SB 1814)
  • YMCA of Central Florida - After School Programs (HB 2765*)
  • Northwest Jacksonville YMCA Teen Programming (HB 3759*)
Florida Alliance of YMCAs has submitted the following appropriation requests: 
  • Youth In Government (Sen. Stargel) - $400,000
  • USFSP/YMCA Civics Fellows (Rep Grant (J)/Sen. Brandes) - $263,458
  •  YREADS! (Recurring money does not require sponsor) - $764,972
  •  Safety Around Water (Rep. J. Gonzalez/Sen. Hukill)  - $250,000

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

Be on the look out for our Advocacy Guides and Advocacy Toolkit!

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


That's right! We are on Facebook!

Find us on Facebook, like us, add a comment or share our posts!  We also encourage you to post your Ys events, successes or news on the site.

While you're at it, check us out on Twitter. 


The YMCA Professional Network (YPN), a leadership development network for Y staff, has launched the eLearning module required for Prime membership. All Y staff are eligible for YPN membership staring Jan. 1. However prime membership-which includes additional benefits and discounts on select eLearnings and events-requires a $65 annual fee and completion of the eLearning. 

Find out more about on the YPN Exchange Page
You can upgrade to the Prime Membership on the Learning & Career Development Center.


Head over to Exchange and read the latest edition of Capitol News, highlighting the best of Y advocacy in 2017.

Highlights include: National Advocacy Days 2017, August Recess success, STEM Engagement with the new administration, and more!


Y-USA Funding Opportunities 
The Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) offers YMCAs opportunities to expand capacity and improve facility quality; strengthen policies, practices and programs; and increase opportunities for children in low-income and vulnerable communities to participate in YMCA programs. A few of these grants include:

  • Camp Access Inclusion Opportunity - Due January 31, 2018
  • Swim Lessons Scholarship Grant Opportunity - Due January 24, 2018

Application deadlines for multiple grants related to camp and swim are fast approaching. Learn more and apply. 

Florida YMCA Safety Around Water 
We are pleased to announce the 2018 State Safety Around Water Grant Opportunities. There will be two opportunities this year: 

  1.  SAW/Swim Lesson Grant - This grant is for the conduction of Safety Around Water(SAW)/Swim Lessons for underserved and under resourced areas. This grant can be applied for as an association or by individual branch. (NOTE: This application is very similar to the Y-USA Swim Access Grant, Ys are encouraged to apply for both Swim Access and SAW/Swim Lesson Grant.)
  2.  Drowning Prevention Partnership Grant - This grant is for the creation, or advancement of a Local Drowning Prevention Task Force in your area. 

They are due in January, 24th 201​8​ and will be submitted via e-mail to

Y-USA Evidence-Based Health Intervention
Interested in adding an evidence-based health intervention (EBHI) to your Y's offerings, like Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, Healthy Weight and Your Child, or Enhance®Fitness? Join a webinar Jan. 10 to learn about what organizational capacities your Y needs to offer an EBHI, deliverables for each grant and timelines. 

Email with questions.

Aging Projects 
The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for older Americans.

Grants will be awarded for projects that provide direct services, advocacy, education and training programs for professionals working with elders, as well as for research that investigates causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults.
RFA found here.


Small & Midsize YMCAs Conference
January 31- February 2, 2018
Clearwater Beach, FL

Florida YIG: Jr Assembly
February 22 - 25, 2018
Haines City, FL

Program & Membership EXPO 
February 27 - March 2, 2018
Denver, CO

Florida Leaders Club: Spring Rally
March 2-4, 2018
Lakeland, FL

National Advocacy Days
March 6 - 8, 2018
Washington, DC

Florida YIG: State Assembly 
April 11 - 14, 2018
Tallahassee, FL

Tampa Fall Regional Training Event
October 1 2017 - January 18, 2018
Event Information

Tampa Winter Regional Training Event
January 19 - March 30, 2018
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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