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MARCH 2018

In this Edition: 

  • Year Round Advocacy - Session Closing
  • Alliance Facebook
  • National Advocacy Days - Recap
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News


Sunday, March 11th 2018 ended the 2018 Legislative Session. To watch the Sine Die Press Conference & Ceremony click the picture below! 

State legislators filed about 1,747 bills in the 2018 legislative session that ended Sunday, March 11th. Only 11.2 percent, or 196 bills, were passed by both the House and Senate chambers.

Here was the status of the Florida Alliance of YMCAs appropriation requests: 
  • Youth In Government - PASSED - $400,000
  • USFSP/YMCA Civics Fellows - PASSED - $263,458
  •  YREADS! - PASSED - $764,972
  •  Safety Around Water - FAILED - $250,000

We will be looking at the Safety Around Water to carry over some of the 2017-2018 money to the 2018-2019 year, as well as identify grants and other alternate sources of funding.

Thank you for all of you who have made calls and visits throughout the 2018 Session. 

On-Going Advocacy
Look for our full 2018 Legislative Recap coming soon! 

Find your local Senator here, and your local Representative here.   

Be on the look out for our Advocacy Guides 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


That's right! We are on Facebook!

Find us on Facebook, like us, add a comment or share our posts! 
Facebook, will be used as a tool to communicate with members, volunteers, advocates, public officials, and the general public.

Please push this page to your YMCA page, encourage staff, volunteers & members to like it and join the statewide movement!

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


National Advocacy Days, was held on March 6-8 2018. The Florida Delegation held over 11 visits with our elected officials when they were in DC. This year, discussions around policy & funding for 21st Century, Chronic Disease Prevention, Child Safety, and Safety Around Water took place. This Federal Advocacy push enhances and lifts the great work that we do in our state! 


THANK YOU to our Youth Advocates! 
For the fifth year, the Youth Advocate Program took place at National Advocacy Days. YMCA Youth and Government students from 21 states and the District of Columbia participated in the program. The goal of the program is to create a learning experience that helps youth understand how advocacy advances the Y's three areas of focus and how they can become more involved with the Y cause. Youth advocates are fully integrated into National Advocacy Days sessions and events, including Hill meetings along with members of their state’s delegations. 

Meet Our Florida Youth Advocates Hannah & Daniel Below!

Hannah Townley, West Central Florida YMCA
Favorite Quote:
 "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -Harriet Tubman
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years I hope to be in a position within the government where I am both able to change others lives for the better, and travel the world. I have always dreamed of working in the State Department, so I am studying International Affairs and Economics in college in order to pursue a public service career in foreign policy.

Daniel Kessler, Florida's First Coast YMCA
Favorite Quote:
 "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I will graduated from an undeclared college with a degree in psychology, political science, or something of that nature. Regardless, I'm confident that I'll love what I do and try to change the world for the better. And, when ten years pass, and I'm looking around from a completely different path than I had predicted, I know I'll still be surrounded by Florida Youth In Government regardless of where I end up.


Baseball Tomorrow
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 or expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment needed for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, and may not be used for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities.

BTF does not specify a maximum grant award; however, the average grant amount is approximately $40,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based or international tax-exempt nonprofit organization involved in the operation of youth baseball and/or softball programs and facilities.

See the BTF website for complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, application instructions, and an FAQ.  Deadline April 1, 2018
Link to RFP

U.S. Soccer Foundation
Since 1995, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded grants to more than six hundred organizations in the United States for 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 safe 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.

In 2018, grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to organizations to help cover the costs of lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing, and other enhancements.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit entity that owns or holds a ten-plus-year lease on the field space; have 50 percent of project funding in hand at the time of application; have a clear project timeline, with plans to complete the project within a year of the potential grant award; and be able to demonstrate that the space will be primarily used for soccer. 
LInk to RFP


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

Association Assemblies 
May 10 - 11, 2018
Chicago, IL

Alliance Meeting
May 17, 2018
Orlando, FL
Venue: TBA

Tampa Winter Regional Training Event
January 8 - April 1, 2018
Event Information

St. Petersburg Regional Training Event
February 12 - May 4, 2018
Event Information

South Florida/Ft. Lauderdale Regional Training Event
February 19 - May 10, 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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