YMCAs OF VERMONT PUBLIC POLICY

The YMCA Alliance of New Hampshire & Vermont advocates on behalf of the Ys in Vermont to solve critical social issues in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

For Youth Development

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to thrive, and that investing in our youngest citizens sets them up to become happy, healthy, and engaged adults.

Priorities:

  • Increasing New Hampshire families’ access to affordable, high quality childcare and early education.
  • Expanding programs that address the achievement gap and set kids up to succeed, including pre-kindergarten, resident camping, school readiness, and summer learning initiatives..
  • Addressing the leading cause of unintentional death for children in New Hampshire by providing water safety education programs for youth.

For Healthy Living

We support holistic and collaborative efforts to improve New Hampshire residents’ health, strengthen families, and promote active lifestyles for people of all ages.

Priorities:

  • Increasing access to evidence-based wellness programs to address chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
  • Reducing the childhood obesity rate through increased physical activity and nutrition education, per Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) guidelines.
  • Helping seniors safely age in place and combat social isolation.
  • Collaborating with government and community partners to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of children and adults we serve.

For Social Responsibility

We leverage our trusted position in the community, private funds, and volunteers to provide critical services. We believe in working with our neighbors to address cross-sector challenges.

Priorities:

  • Protecting tax exemptions for charitable organizations that address community needs.
  • Increasing access to the New Hampshire YMCA Youth & Government™ program to build civic engagement and leadership skills in New Hampshire’s youth.

Please contact Meg Helming, Director of Advocacy & Impact, with any questions about the Alliance’s advocacy work at meg.helming@nneymcas.org or 207.232.9896.