Legislative Priorities

YMCAs advocate for policies that strengthen families and communities; this advances our impact. Each year, NC YMCA leaders and volunteers attend YMCA of the USA's National Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., and State Advocacy Day in Raleigh to meet with legislators and educate them about how our Ys are serving community and about policies that strengthen our ability to be impactful.

NC YMCA's legislative priorities for 2023 are below, and these are the 2023 National YMCA Legislative Priorities.


Youth Development


Empowering young people to reach their full potential, NC YMCAs advocate for:

-Teen mental health: funding to help YMCAs expand youth and teen programming

-Increased investments in childcare subsidies and childcare compensation grants for school-aged kids

-Identifying developmentally appropriate school-age child care rules care for licensed programs

-Keeping children healthy and safe


Healthy Living


Improving individual and community health and well-being, NC YMCAs advocate for:

- Equitable access to healthy food and physical activity in communities that are safe, walkable and bikeable

- Access to affordable, high-quality health care and evidence-based programs for all North Carolinians 

Social Responsibility


Providing support and inspiring action in our communities, NC YMCAs advocate for:

-Ensuring equal access to YMCA services and programs for all North Carolinians

-Ensuring philanthropy and volunteerism remain pillars of community strength

-Protecting nonprofits from potential tax burdens that would limit the ability to serve all