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