Youth Advocate Program

Tentative Schedule:
Sunday, March 8th
2:00 p.m. Meet for departure
3:00 p.m. Depart for Tallahassee
8:30 p.m. Arrive in Tallahassee @ Hotel

Monday, March 9th
8:30 a.m. Morning meeting for Youth Advocates
9:30 a.m. Advocacy Training & Meetings with Policy Makers
6:30 p.m. Dinner with State Alliance of YMCAs & Y CEOs

Tuesday, March 10th
8:00 a.m. Morning meeting for Youth Advocates
9:00 a.m. Meeting of the State Alliance of YMCAs

  • State Alliance Legislative Priorities
  • National Initiatives/YUSA Public Policy
  • Issues and Trends in the Legislature
  • Servant Leadership Recognition Event
  • Strategic Partner Presentations
    • Department of Children & Families
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Health

11:30 a.m. Lunch
4:30 p.m. YMCA Servant Leadership Award Reception
7:00 p.m.  Dinner

Wednesday, March 11th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Strategy Meeting, office visits w/Reps & Senators
12:30 p.m. Youth Advocates Depart Tallahassee


Sr. YIG Programs:
Conference on National Affairs
High School Mentor
National Judicial Competition
Presiding Officer Corps
Servant Leadership Conferences
State Assembly
Youth Advocate Program

For Students
For Parents
For Advisors & Y-Staff

Laura Stargel, 2013 Youth AdvocateDuring the YMCA’s Advocacy Days at the Capitol, Youth Advocates will interact with members of the legislature and join YMCA CEOs, Volunteers, and Staff from across Florida as they advocate for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility policies during the legislative session.

The Youth Advocates Program selects 12-20 students to represent the of state’s YMCAs.  Interested students can apply for the program via their Deledex account.


Observations from a Youth Advocate:
“The YMCA Advocacy Days was an amazing experience; not just to further my experience with the Florida Legislature, the Capitol Building and the legislative process, but it was also an amazing opportunity to meet with Y leaders from around the state.

Our Youth Advocacy group helped pass out invitations to the Servant Leadership Award Ceremony and, later, helped facilitate the event. We were able to help the Y with their YMCA story campaign where we asked about the Y’s impact on people, so the Y can judge how well they are serving the surrounding community. We also had an amazing opportunity to observe the Y leaders talk to their representatives.

Throughout the Advocacy Days we were able to spread the idea of Florida Youth In Government to the Y leaders. The YMCA Advocacy Days was an awesome opportunity to help impact the Y, Youth In Government, and our state.”

– Submitted by Alec Polansky, 2013 Youth Advocate