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
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
During 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