Inclusive YMCAs Initiative
The focus of this initiative is to implement policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes that support accessibility and inclusion of all community members.
How It Works
Each year, the project team partners with Missouri Alliance of YMCAs (MO YMCA) to select three local YMCAs to receive mini grants and work with the team to identify and implement policy and environmental changes. In collaboration with MO YMCA, the project team:
- Supports participating sites to complete the Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII) Organizational Assessment to identify areas for improvement at their facility and in their services for people with disabilities.
- Provides technical assistance and training opportunities to bolster the capacity of Ys to better meet the needs of those with disabilities who access their facilities.
- Supports the development of a diversity, equity, and inclusion peer community for Ys throughout the state.
- Works to integrate principles of accessibility and inclusion into legislative priorities, as well as education and advocacy-related activities statewide.