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In this edition:

  • Year Round Advocacy - Session Update
  • Alliance Facebook
  • Attend National Advocacy Days
  • Strategic Plan - Update
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Florida Ys in the News


Final Weeks of Session Approach

As we get closer to session a few Ys have reached out about House Bill 1129/Senate Bill 1520  (Child Care Licensing) as it makes another appearance this session. The bill closes a loophole that has allowed Boys and Girls Clubs to use their national standards as a waiver of State Licensure. As many of you remeber from previous sessions, we have stayed neutral in regards to this legislation. We have spoken with several of the Ys and at current state don’t think we will be affected. Our Ys are licensed appropriately as child-care facilities, or we are exempted because we are contracted by a school system or other agency.

We have engaged the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) on this as well. If the bill should die, FAN will approach the sponsors and ask to be involved in any further legislation so that leaders in the Afterschool field, such as the Y can be consulted on the overall effects. We do not want to lower standards, but we do not want to lower access either. We will continue to monitor this bill. 

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
Currently, the Safety Around Water appropriation was not included in the budgets of either chamber. We’re 
working with our lobbying team at Southern Strategy to get it restored as well as identifying grants and other alternate sources of funding.

The appropriations for YREADS!, Youth In Government, and USF/YMCA Civic Scholars Program (a partnership between Youth In Government Program and USF St. Petersburg) are included in the budgets as we head into the final weeks of session.  As we move into the last piece of legislative budgets I will keep you all abreast.

Thank you for all of you who have made calls and visits when asked. It has been very helpful.

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! 
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. 


The Alliance leadership continues to work on developing the next strategic plan. We continue to have evolved conversation from our CEO retreat in November 2017. A framework is being built out.

Please keep an eye on your inboxes as we may need assistance in data collection over the coming
weeks as we put together our way forward.  

An update to progress at the next Alliance Board meeting on March 28th.


National Advocacy Days, is March 6-8 2018. Join colleagues from around the country to learn about the Y’s legislative priorities, connect with your members of Congress and celebrate 25 years of coming together in Washington, DC to advance the Y 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.  


Registration is currently closed However, If you would still like to attend this conference, reach out to John Trombetta


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

Improve Outdoor Recreation
The National Recreation and Park Association will continue its Meet Me at the Park program in 2018, providing additional communities with increased access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families.

As part of this program, park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories are invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to inclusive play spaces for children and families in underserved communities. 

Learn more and apply here.  

Deadline: March 1st. 


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

Alliance Board Meeting
March 28, 2018

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

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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