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January, 2015
Advocacy Day at the State House
Registration for Advocacy Day Now Closed
With over 190 registered advocates, we are excited for the biggest Y Advocacy Day the Alliance has hosted. Such a strong turnout will show why Ys matter and why the work we do helps the Commonwealth. 
Be prepared to engage with your elected officials and discuss the legislative priorities that matter to Ys. 

Many of you have asked for suggestions with parking, the best way to find affordable parking is through bestparking.com

See you at Advocacy Day!


An Act to Protect Children Against Sexual Abuse
Governor Patrick signed legislation on January 2nd aimed at preventing child sexual abuse. Youth serving organizations in Massachusetts such as the YMCAs, Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, and Mass Mentoring among others, helped push legislation through the legislature. The new law creates a task force to protect Massachusetts children against sexual abuse. 

To help organizations implement the guidelines, the task force will recommend policies, and develop strategies to incentivize youth serving organizations to implement sexual abuse prevention and intervention plans.  Additionally, the task force will develop a 5-year plan for using community education and other resources to increase public awareness about child sexual abuse.

The passage of this legislation could not have been possible without all the great work the Ys do. 


 

2015 Legislative Priorities

With a new session and new governor, the Alliance is looking forward to working on the following legislative priorities:

  • Ac Act to Support Schools and Communities to Increase Opportunities for Physical Activity:  Sponsored by Representative Michlewitz

  • Aimed at improving access to school grounds for use by communities and community organizations

  • Healthy Kids Act:
    Sponsored by Senator McGee

  • Would create policy that requires 150 minutes per week of physical education in elementary school and 225 minutes per week of physical education in middle school

  • An Act to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children in the Commonwealth from Birth to School Age:
    Sponsored by Representative Chan

  • Restructures the voucher rate for early education and after school providers to cover the cost for families in need

  • An Act Creating the Home Works Program: Sponsored by Senator Lovely
  • Creates a slot program for children ages 5-14 living in Emergency Assistance Motels to attend out of school time and camp programs


YMCA Scholarship Opportunities
Northeastern University & Alliance of MA YMCAs Partnership

Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies and the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs have teamed up to provide an opportunity to help YMCA employees in Massachusetts complete their undergraduate or graduate degrees. This scholarship is offered through a formalized partnership to provide all eligible staff members with the opportunity to pursue their educational goals. 

 

For questions, click here

 

College for America & YMCA

"To help working adults succeed, we've built a degree that is extraordinarily affordable, flexibly paced for busy schedules, online, and uniquely applicable in the workplace."

The degree option is available through a partnership between College for America and the YMCA. It is not available to the general public." 

For more information click here

Walden University 

"The YMCA is in a national partnership with Walden University; this brings a 15 percent tuition reduction for all full-time and part-time YMCA staff, YMCA Volunteers, and their immediate family members, (parent, spouse/domestic partner, or child) on all Walden graduate degrees and certificates as well as our bachelor degrees for adults.  You can imagine the benefits this will bring to your MetroWest YMCA Inc. YMCA staff and volunteers!"

For more information click here


Sincerely,

Your Alliance 
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