The beginning of spring always brings a flurry of activity to our Texas YMCAs. As a fixture in 200 communities across the state, we’re proud to partner with Texans to support and sustain their 2018 health and wellness resolutions. Regardless of the season, the Y works to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. As an Alliance of YMCAs, drowning prevention and healthy out-of-school time programs continue to be at the forefront of our priorities. Each day, our Ys provide programs that support these initiatives and foster robust collaborations with like-minded groups across the state to help make that work possible and ultimately further our impact.
As you dive into the stories highlighted in the newsletter this quarter, you’ll read about both new and sustained relationships that enable Ys to deliver our cause throughout the state. In the coming months we’ll be sharing more about the partnerships Texas Ys have established to enhance programming efforts and serve our communities well.
The Y also increases its impact with the help of advocates in the Texas Legislature who promote health and wellness for all Texans. We’ve recently had the privilege of honoring State Senators Donna Campbell and Kel Seliger along with State Representatives Lyle Larson, Sarah Davis, Dwayne Bohac, and Paul Workman with YMCA Champion Awards. These legislators had the opportunity to visit Ys in their districts and learn more about the programs happening in their communities. We’re grateful for their support of the YMCA and our mission.
On a national level, we’ve also had the opportunity to discuss our three areas of focus with members of Congress during National Advocacy Days. More than 300 Y stakeholders from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. in early March for a dialogue with decision-makers about the CDC’s Chronic Disease Control and Prevention program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Child Protection Improvements Act and the Universal Charitable Giving Act.
As I commit to my second year as chair, I plan to continue advocating for resources that support for our areas of focus as well as for healthy out-of-school time and drowning prevention activities. Your dedication to these priorities is so appreciated and vital to the Y mission of building healthy mind, spirit and body for all.
Tony Shuman, Chair
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs