As we head into the autumn season, YMCAs are busy delivering our cause in communities all across Texas. Over the past few months, we’ve spent time building capacity to maximize our impact within communities and advance our mission. Local Ys have successfully provided a vast array of socially innovative programs through our partnerships with entities like independent school districts, the St. David’s Foundation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the CATCH Global Foundation, and so many more. Through these powerful partnerships, our members are able to reduce risk and reclaim health.
As an Alliance of YMCAs, we have adopted our strategic plan focusing on frames for action within our three focus areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Local Ys have already begun implementing strategies within our Movement. Moving forward, our Alliance will explore aspects of unintentional injuries among both adults and children. We want to work with stakeholders to identify ways that the YMCA can increase awareness and provide practical solutions. In addition, we will continue to use our healthy living framework to promote wellness for all Texans. One way of doing that is through our statewide membership reciprocity. Membership reciprocity provides access to our network of local YMCA facilities which allows for better collaboration among the continuum of Texas Ys.
Through these efforts we are able to advance the YMCA’s mission and provide programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. With more than 1.5 million members and program participants, Texas YMCAs believe the collective impact framework is powerful in delivering our cause. This fall we look forward to transforming the lives of our 1.5 million members and positively shaping communities for the better.
James P. Finck, Chair
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs