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The Y is a community-based association of people committed to nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy lifestyles and fostering social responsibility to ensure that every individual has access to the essential resources needed to learn, grow and thrive. Anchored in more than 10,000 neighborhoods around the country, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence to not just promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. Sign up to be a Y Advocate and help to ensure a better Texas for all.
PRIORITY REQUEST: Youth Development
INVEST IN THE NATION’S YOUTH BY SUPPORTING EARLY LEARNING, AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER LEARNING We urge Congress to invest in programs that promote the healthy development of children and contribute to their lifelong success. (1) Maintain funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers at $1.15 billion to support afterschool and summer learning programs which keep young people safe, improve student outcomes and help working families, and (2) maintain investments in child care and early learning including $2.36 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and $8.59 billion for Head Start. Collectively, these programs provide quality, engaging learning and enrichment opportunities to young people, meaningful opportunities to connect with caring adults and critical support for working parents.
PRIORITY REQUEST: Healthy Living
CONTROL CHRONIC DISEASE AND HEALTH CARE SPENDING BY PREVENTING OBESITY, DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE We urge Congress to support 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. (1) Maintain funding of $80 million for the Community Prevention Grants and $50 million for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) to provide healthy choices to children and families where they live, work, learn and play, and (2) Provide no less than $20 million in funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) with the goal of full funding of $80 million for the program and pass the bi-partisan Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act and give seniors access to diabetes prevention programs.
PRIORITY REQUEST: Social Responsibility
PRESERVE THE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTION We urge Congress to oppose caps or limits on charitable deductions. Many studies on the impact of a deduction limit have shown that it could discourage giving to nonprofits. Therefore, the Y opposes any changes, especially at a time when charities are being asked to do more with less. Charities should not be hindered in efforts to raise private dollars to meet community needs, which to a great extent, relieve the burden of government.
Youth Development: Providing Access to Affordable and Quality AfterschoolCare.
Every year, Ys across Texas provide care for over 638,000 children and teens. The Y is the largest provider of care for Texas’ children with devoted and caring staff running Universal Pre-K, Child Care and Afterschool programs. READ MORE
Healthy Living: Increasing Access to Physical Activity and Healthy Foods.
The Y is committed to helping people reach their full potential by promoting healthier lifestyles. We bring families closer together, encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. Nearly 990,000 Texans are actively engaged members at the Y; and over 475,000 people participate in Y programs. READ MORE
Social Responsibility: Helping Our Neighbors
Since the Y was founded over 160 years ago, we have served as a local safe haven to so many in need. Today, the Y is a cause- driven organization that provides affordable services and programs to meet the unique needs of each community. We serve all ages, cultures and income levels. We are providing a strong positive presence in the everyday lives of 1.3 million Texans. READ MORE