Believing that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, deserves to be healthy, confident, connected and secure, the Y is a powerful ally and advocate for our communities.
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y collaborates with national and community-based leaders and policymakers to increase the resources and support that empower individuals, families and communities to learn, grow and thrive.
Advocate with the Y:
The Y is a cause for strengthening community, working tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve the nation’s health and well-being and give back and support our neighbors. When you advocate with the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change for your family, friends and community.
As an advocate of the Y, you can help:
- Influence policies and initiatives that help youth develop healthy behaviors, values and life skills
- Prevent and combat chronic disease
- Build trust and understanding among community groups and decision makers
- Positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation and your community
The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Advocate in support of a movement working every day to build healthier communities.
For Policy Makers
In Washington D.C., our Government Relations and Policy Office works with Congress and the administration to advocate for policies and programs that help Ys strengthen communities throughout the nation. Serving more than 20 million members—more than 9 million members under the age of 18—there is a Y in every congressional district in the United States strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.