Throughout the year, Campus YMCA Chapters are asked to take part in as many Campus YMCA Initiatives as possible. Each Initiative is designed to provide opportunities for civic engagement, service-learning, leadership and professional development, public service training, advocacy and policymaking, philanthropy, and much more.
Chapters can complete an Initiative at any point during the year, and can choose which Initiatives best fit the needs of their campus and community. Upon completing an Initiative, chapters will submit an Initiative Report Form to receive points towards Chapter of Distinction and Chapter of the Year.
In addition to points towards Chapter of Distinction and Chapter of the Year, all chapters are eligible for the following recognitions for their completed Initiatives:
Outstanding Chapter Initiative
An award will presented each year at CYC to the chapter with the most effective and
Initiative Innovation Award
An award will also be presented for designing, submitting, and implementing a new Campus YMCA Initiative, complete with a $250 grant to support the continuation of the Initiative on campus next year.
There are 25 Campus YMCA Initiatives your chapter can select from during the year. Your chapter can also submit your own Initiatives for approval by our Director of Initiatives, and approved Initiatives will be eligible for our Innovation Award.
All of our Initiatives will have a How-To Guide (available Oct. 15), including resources, timelines, best practices, and potential partnership opportunities:
- Bill Forum/Panel
Help inform your community with a forum/panel about a pending state or federal bill.
- Chapter Retreat
Spend a weekend off-campus with the members of your chapter
- Community Issue Audit
Survey your community on local issues the believe need attention by policymakers
- Dine & Debate
Host a campus dinner with a set topic and special guest speaker
- Diversity & Inclusion Training
Host a D&I training for the members of your chapter
- Global Partners | Intl. YMCAs & Universities
Partner with one of 119 YMCAs around the world and a university in their area
- Kids Civics Fair
Host a Civics Far at a local Elementary School or YMCA Afterschool Program
- Leadership Development Conference
Host an overnight conference for fellow colleges and universities in your state/region
- Local Advocacy Training
Sponsor an Advocacy Training open to all community residents
- Mentorship Match
Identify professional mentors to match with your chapter members
Filibuster for philanthropy with a debate marathon hosted by your chapter
- Policy Research Brief
Co-author a research brief on a local/state policy issue to present to public officials
- Policymaker Roundtable
Host a roundtable or Town Hall with local, state, or federal policymakers
- Professional Skills Workshop
Bring in career and professional experts for skills training with your chapter
- Professor Collaboration
Collaborate with a professor on campus for a project, workshop, or course
- Public Service Shadowing
Spend a day shadowing a public official with members of your chapter
- Recruit a Chapter
Start-up a new Campus YMCA Chapter a nearby college/university
- Running Start
Train your peers on running for office, and why they shouldn’t wait.
- Senior Day on Campus
Invite local High School Seniors to spend a day with chapter members on campus.
- Servant Leader Banquet
Honor a community Servant Leader by hosting a philanthropic banquet.
- Staff Appreciation Outreach
Spend a week reaching out to staff across campus in appreciation of their work.
- Voter Registration Tailgate
Hold a Campus YMCA Tailgate, and register fans to vote while you’re at it.
- Y-Corps Weekend
Plan a 3-day Y-Corps Weekend of travel, service, and cultural learning.
- Youth and Government Mentoring
Mentor a Middle or High School Youth and Government Chapter/Delegation.