Advocacy

Stronger

Together

With One Voice

Anchored in more than 52 communities in South Carolina, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence to not just promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change.  The SC Alliance of YMCAs is committed to educating local, state and national leaders on how the Y strengthens the foundations of community.  We are:

For Youth Development – We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

  • SC Ys are the largest provider of childcare/Out of School Time programs.  We educate on legislation that increases access, affordability and quality of youth programs and services to help every child in SC reach their full potential.

 

For Healthy Living – In communities throughout South Carolina, the Y is a leading voice on health and well-being.  The Y is a place that brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, healthy eating, fun and shared interests.  As a result, 226,000 children, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.

  • We educate on legislation that relates to evidence-based strategies to reduce rates of chronic diseases – the nation’s leading causes of death and major drivers of health care costs – including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

For Social Responsibility –The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for nearly 160 years.  Whether developing skills through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global service, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.  The YMCA volunteers, donors, leaders and partners throughout the state are empowering South Carolinians to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

  • We educate about the importance of preserving the charitable contribution tax deduction.  Charities should not be hindered in efforts to raise private dollars to meet community needs.