California State Alliance of YMCAs

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Policy Framework

Debbie Jauch, VP of Programs at Anaheim Family YMCA, providing comment on ASES funding.California State Alliance of YMCAs

Public Policy Framework

The California State Alliance of YMCAs advocates on behalf of children, families and California YMCAs to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We advocate on behalf of the communities we serve, and we advocate to protect and enhance our ability as charitable associations to pursue our charitable mission.

Our Policy Priorities

Youth Development

The California State Alliance of YMCAs supports policies that promote the ability of all California’s children to have every opportunity to reach their potential and achieve their dreams. Priorities include:

  • Funding for K-12 and afterschool programs
  • Nutrition and physical activity standards for afterschool programs
  • Regulation of childcare, organized camps and youth sports
  • Safe access to education and recreation
  • Increased physical activity in schools
  • Child abuse prevention
  • Funding and regulation of intervention programs for teens and young adults
  • Promoting youth leadership development opportunities


Healthy Living

The California State Alliance of YMCAs supports policies that promote healthy choices and behaviors and prevent and address chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Priorities include:

  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to healthy foods
  • Access to opportunities for physical activity in built environment, workplace
  • Education to support healthy dietary choices
  • Funding for programs to prevent and address chronic health conditions
  • Regulation of aquatics and fitness facilities and programs


Social Responsibility

The California State Alliance of YMCAs supports policies that address social issues, promote volunteerism, protect and enhance the ability of nonprofit organizations to serve communities, and promote civic participation by all Californians. Priorities include:

  • Preserving tax exempt status for charitable organizations
  • Preserving incentives for charitable giving
  • Regulation of fundraising
  • Regulation of volunteer boards of directors
  • Incentivizing and reducing risks/liability for volunteering




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