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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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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 



May 15, 2015
Posted by: DPadilla


The Senate Ways and Means Budget was released and amendments were filed on Thursday. Now Senators have until budget debate to sign on as co-sponsors for amendments. That is where you come in, we need your help now to contact Senators and ask them to support Senator Rodrigues amendment for $1.3 million in the Youth-at-Risk line item, and Senator Moore's amendment for $15.2 million in the Early Eduaction and School Age Rate Reserve. Both of these amendments would help deliver services and programs to youth who need it most and help early education and school age centers retain quality teachers and care. 

We need to get as many co-sponsors on these amendments as possible to increase the chance of them being passed during debate. You can take action by clicking on the link below or calling your Senators. 

 

TAKE ACTION 



 

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