In the News


A Community in Times of Isolation

I joined the California Youth & Government program on a whim: It was mid-December, I was curled up in a ball on our couch, scrolling through Instagram, when a random thought popped into my head.

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YMCA Students Help Create TN Bill

Darby Kolwyck and Isabella Ryan, who were part of Tennessee’s YMCA Youth and Government program while in high school in 2015, helped craft a bill that restricts solitary confinement for juveniles.

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Attend UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

On April 7-8, youth leaders from around the world will have the opportunity to virtually engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders at the UN.

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Invisalign ChangeMakers Grants

Are you making a positive impact in your community? Then you’re an Invisalign ChangeMaker. And we’d love to help boost your efforts! That’s why we’re giving $5,000 to 100 teens (ages 13-19).

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Educating for Democracy Forum

Join us at the National Forum on March 2nd from 3-4:45pm ET for the official release of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and Report, the result of 17 months of work by 300+ contributors.

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Program Blog


Solutions Summit: Future of Work

The YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions initiative equips youth to form their own Solutions Teams working to address employment challenges in their communities, and apply for seed-funding to launch them.

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Become a Student Sponsor

Become a Student Sponsor of the bipartisan Civics Secures Democracy Act, which creates federal grants to nonprofits and educational institutions that support and expand access to civics and history education.

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Register for YMCA Advocacy Days

Join us virtually from Washington, DC as the YMCA of the USA hosts our annual National Advocacy Days to support our federal priorities and share the Y’s impact in communities around the country.

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Unlearning Systemic Racism

Inspiring speakers will help us build on the meaningful conversations from last summer, and challenge us to consider the role we can play as a socially responsible organization in dismantling systems of racism.

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National Youth Assembly

On Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 8:30pm ET, we will host a virtual YMCA National Youth Assembly open to all youth across the country, offering the chance to reflect on where we are, together.

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