What we stand for
YMCA Victoria has long been an advocate for healthier, happier and better connected communities. Through our advocacy work, the Y aims to influence policy, funding and legislation which support the prevention and treatment of lifestyle related illness.
We do this by:
- Raising awareness of social or health issues to influence decision makers in Government and communities across Victoria.
- Developing relationships to create a united voice
- Leading by example to make sure that we are promoting health and wellbeing throughout our operations, programs and services.
Australia’s childhood obesity rate continues to rise. In 2014, 27.4% of children aged 5-17 were reported as overweight or obese, up from 25.3% just three years prior.
43 people drowned in Victoria between July 2015 and June 2016. That’s 43 too many. Another 70 people has their lives seriously impacted by non-fatal drowning incidents of ‘near misses’, and with these figures rising year on year – action is needed.
Inspired young people
Young people are often portrayed negatively in mainstream media, and many young people feel like they don’t have a say on issues that matter to them most.