With New Jersey YMCAs serving nearly 545,000 members at 37 associations across the state, the Alliance will continue to advocate for policies that advance and support its charitable mission. The advocacy plan establishes legislative priorities and support mechanisms to position New Jersey YMCAs as effective partners, leaders and resources in addressing public policy issues at local, state, and national levels. Efforts support strengthening the foundations of community: for youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility. Download 2015 Priority Issues
New Jersey YMCAs support legislative actions protecting the safety of children.
New Jersey YMCAs support YMCA Youth & Government for the continued development of the youth leaders.
Develop and implement prevention training for child sexual abuse through Alliance Partners In Prevention Task Force.
New Jersey YMCAs support legislative actions advancing environmental and policy change in support of healthy living (ie. built environment to support physical activity-walking/biking trails and sidewalks, healthy foods in schools, physical activity in schools, menu labeling)
Work with the Health committees in both Houses to advocate for YMCA issues.
Collaborate with Horizon and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others as identified.
Secure support of Department of Education for implementing Healthy U in elementary schools.
Promote Healthy Living membership to state employees.
New Jersey YMCAs is community centered and actively works to collaborate, support, and meet the needs of communities.
Work with Legislature and Governor during new legislative session. Partner with other organizations as needed