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MISSION STATEMENT

The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, Inc. exists to promote, support, and protect member YMCAs as premier not-for-profit charitable community service organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

OUR PURPOSE

The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCA's, by influencing public policy and connection to evidenced based solutions, supports and advocates on behalf of its member Ys to share their collective impact with one voice to solve critical social issues in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

WELCOME

The Massachusetts YMCAs serve 1.2 million people across the Commonwealth. With over 410 service locations, there are 370,000 children and teens being served, providing a wide range of activities to nurture their potential and ensure their success. With over 21,000 volunteers with 333,700 hours and over 16,000 employees, the Y is making a difference in all of the communities it serves.

With a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs serves all YMCA branches in the state by advocating on their behalf and providing a multitude of programs across the state. The Alliance of MA YMCAs are part of the Pioneering Healthier Communities work, an effort to create a healthier Massachusetts by facilitating conversations, passing policy, and running programs around physical activity and healthy eating. The Alliance of MA YMCAs also works in conjunction with early education and after school care providers to advocate for a reduction in the income-eligible waitlist and an increase in the salary reserve for early education teachers. The Alliance has been working with the local Y’s to have a positive impact on the achievement gap in Massachusetts, in order to ensure that all our children served can read atthe appropriate grade level. Additionally we address youth at risk, childhood obesity, and prevention of child abuse. Together the YMCAs in Massachusetts have created over 1100 policy changes.

Together we believe we can continue to serve our Massachusetts communities in creating a healthy and positive Commonwealth for our future generations.

 

WORDS FROM THE DIRECTOR

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Jul 13, 2015
Posted by: DPadilla


Regularly, YMCAs host events, launch initiatives and celebrate milestones in the work they do. Part of the work the Alliance does is highlighting the work they do as a collective to showcase how together we affect the Commonwealth, one person at a time. Here are some of the recent happenings around the state: 

The YMCA of Cape Cod is running a US Department of Agriculture summer meals program providing free meals to youth in need throughout the summer. To read more click here

The Attleboro YMCA and the City of Attleboro and the Town of Norton will be hosting a new initiative of the Y- Fitness in the Park at both Capron Park's Newell Shelter in Attleboro and at the Everett Leonard Park in Norton. The Attleboro YMCA's Cyndee Goodinson-Lindsey says that assorted fitness classes will be conducted by Attleboro YMCA instructors, with classes ranging from yoga, Zumba and boot camp. The classes are family friendly and free. For more click here

Last but not least, the Gleason Family YMCA will be holding Mayhem for a Cause Wrestling Event! On July 18th at the Y gymnasium, Top Rope Promotions will present a live pro wrestling event that will benefit the Gleason Family YMCA 2015 Annual Campaign. Everyone will definitely want to see some high-flying action reliving childhood memores. For more click here

 

 

Jun 23, 2015
Posted by: DPadilla


The Alliance has put together a list of Community Resources for dealing with Youth Protection. The organizations and state agencies listed on the document are involved with advocacy, training, treatment or prevention of child abuse. Please use the resources to improve practices, provide supportive services to members and communities, and find resources to help your organization or Y deal with crisis or during stratgic planning stages. 

YOUTH PROTECTION COMMUNITY RESOURCES 

Jun 16, 2015
Posted by: DPadilla


In partnership with the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center is hosting a training on healthy beverage practices and policies for summer programs and camps.  It will focus on using OSNAP for increasing water and reducing sugary drink consumption in YMCA summer programs. OSNAP is an evidence-based approach for implementing healthy changes in youth-serving programs that is aligned with the work of the YMCA to reach the HEPA standards. This free training will be offered as a webinar.  On the webinar, we’ll talk about why healthy beverages are important to summer programs and camps, and then we will show you how to set action plans to make changes to your program or camp’s policies and practices as you gear up for the start of the summer program season. The training is relevant to many types of summer programs, including and not limited to traditional summer camps, classroom-based enrichment programs, and specialty-focused sports and arts programs.

 

For those of you that have attended OSNAP afterschool learning communities, this compliments OSNAP nicely and is specifically focused on summer- which is often run very different from afterschool programs, so please sign up!

 

To register for the webinar, please fill-out the Survey Monkey form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8ZZF8KT by June 17.

May 27, 2015
Posted by: DPadilla


Building and maintaining relationships with public officials should be something you do year-round to tell your Y story, show your impact and help advance policies that strengthen communities. 

Interaction with federal lawmakers back home is a key strategy for building relationships. In fact, a Congressional Management Foundation survey recently asked congressional staff the best way for members of Congress to gain an understanding of constituent views—“attending events in the district/state” was the top answer, with 98% of congressional staff noting its importance. These events paint a picture for the public official—bringing home for them the very real way in which Ys impact the community day in and day out.

Click here for a toolkit to help engage elected officials at Ys.

 

 

May 21, 2015
Posted by: DPadilla


A report that includes YMCAs' work in substance abuse prevention.

Community substance abuse prevention coalitions are reflections of a growing understanding that multi-sector, multi-pronged approaches are needed for collective impact in order to address an epidemic in Massachusetts of overdose deaths from heroin and other opiates. Coalitions vary greatly, however, in funding, leadership, member makeup, level of participation, programs and effectiveness. A diverse sample of local and regional coalition coordinators across the state were interviewed. They were passionate and hard-working but some felt isolated with insufficient support and are running a risk of burn-out. They expressed a need for reliable funding, technical assistance, better information about what’s happening around the state and more opportunities to meet with statewide peers. Recommendations for policy makers involve funding, the creation of an online resource repository and more opportunities for interaction among coalition leaders. Additional recommendations involve school prevention curricula, media campaigns, prescribing practices, expanding access to treatment and suggestions for how legislators can become better informed. Also included are successes and challenges described by respondents, advice for other communities and a list of 152 reported coalition initiatives and activities.

 

VIEW REPORT HERE 

 

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