(Silver Bay, NY) – Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce that Ms. Kiara Mantz of Bolton Landing, NY will be one of two delegates to represent the State of New York and all New York State YMCAs in Washington, DC in March 2019 at the Youth Advocate Program at the YMCA’s National Advocacy Days.
According to Steve Tamm, Chief Executive Officer of Silver Bay YMCA, Kiara will join a select group of young people from throughout the country who participated in the YMCA Youth & Government program, a well-respected national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. The Youth Advocate Program at National Advocacy Days is a program that stems out of The YMCA of the USA’s Government Relations and Policy Office.
This program brings together high school Youth & Government students to learn about how advocacy advances the Y’s three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Youth Advocates will participate in all National Advocacy Days activities as well as special programming facilitated by Youth & Government staff. This separate programming will expose Youth Advocates to national policymaking, YMCA advocacy efforts, public policy career tracks and much more.
At National Advocacy Days, Youth Advocates will learn about the YMCA’s national legislative priorities, hear from thought leaders about the YMCA’s roles and impact in communities throughout the nation, visit with members of Congress and/or their staff, connect with Youth Advocates from across the country, and meet with YMCA leadership from all over the nation.
“As part of Silver Bay’s efforts to have a positive impact on local youth, Silver Bay coordinates the district’s participation in several New York State conferences from September through April, serving the school districts of Ticonderoga, Bolton, Queensbury, Minerva, Johnsburg and Newcomb, and hosting the local District Conference every January,” stated Tamm. “During the 2017 – 2018 school year, 111 teens participated in Silver Bay YMCA’s Youth & Government program, three local students were nominated for the Conference of National Affairs (CONA), and ten students from our district received “Outstanding” Awards. We are not only thrilled that Kiara was selected and honored to participate in this outstanding program, but also proud to have a representative from the north country to represent our region as well as the whole of New York State at this event.”
Jackie Palandrani, Youth and Teen Director of Silver Bay YMCA, noted that she was not surprised that Kiara was selected as “Kiara is a leader among her peers, always looking to go the extra mile.”
This year, the YMCA of the USA’s Government Relations and Policy Office has selected 50 students from 25 states and Washington, DC to participate in the program during the YMCA’s National Advocacy Days in Washington, DC, March 3-6, 2019.
About Silver Bay YMCA
Silver Bay YMCA was founded in 1902 and is located in Silver Bay, NY, just minutes south of Hague, NY. Its 700 acre campus along one mile of Lake George shoreline offers a wide breadth of programs for all ages. Silver Bay YMCA presently employs 45 full-time staff members with a seasonal staff of 200. Silver Bay YMCA is consistently ranked one of the top ten family reunion sites in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places with the U.S. Department of the Interior.
As a mission based charity, Silver Bay YMCA offers outreach programs in addition to its core activities as a premier conference and family retreat center. Those activities include:
Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center in Ticonderoga (Free access for local teens) Open Pathways (Access to Silver Bay YMCA for the underprivileged) Youth and Government Program (covering Queensbury to Ticonderoga) Cancer Respite Program (Free respite for local cancer patients)
Military R and R Program (Free getaway for recently deployed veterans and their families)
Brookside Trinity Ministry (Free respite and sabbatical getaways for clergy) Vacations Made Possible (Free getaways for local underprivileged families).
Visit online at www.silverbay.org.