Public Policy Conference: April 19th, 2023

Please join your colleagues to celebrate and grow the impact of our Y work on public policy in Michigan and beyond. A great day is planned packed with wonderful speakers and guests. ;A detailed schedule for the day and an event fact sheet is available on the registration page. If you have questions, Fran Talsma at is happy to help.


Heritage Hill at the Capitol Building


There are several parking ramps conveniently located near the Capitol building.


Click here to register. YMCA staff can attend for only $35, YMCA Volunteers are free.  Please email Elizabeth Hudson at if financial aid is needed.


A light breakfast, coffee and lunch is included in your registration fee.

Need help scheduling legislative visits?  Our lobbyist Capitol Services is here to help.  Please request assistance when registering or email Courtney Van Camp at

Who should attend:

Y leadership, staff and volunteers, anyone with a Y story to share and who would like to learn more about engaging stakeholders to advocate for the Y and the communities we serve.


8:30-9:00am Grab & Go Breakfast For lawmakers and their staff
9:00am Keynote Speaker Senator Sarah Anthony, District 21
9:30am Priorities and federal earmarks

Jim McGowen, YUSA

Shawna Tello, Jackson YMCA

10:00am Statewide funding snapshot and opportunities

Todd Tennis, Capitol Services

Pam Bailey, Flint YMCA

Lacey Dixon, Grand Rapids YMCA

10:30am Champions Award Presentation

Michelle Richard, Governor's Office

Richard Lauer, Michigan Department of Education

Erin Skene Pratt, Michigan Afterschool Partnership

10:45am Youth In Government YIG Governor
10:55am Legislative Priorities Review

Todd Tennis, Capitol Services

Fran Talsma, MI YMCA Alliance

11:15am Lunch and Hot Topics Panel Public Policy Panelist

Share your story:

Please bring along materials you would like to share with your Y colleagues, our speakers, and your legislators.


Please wear professional dress


A reminder email, map, and final details will be sent to all registrants prior to the event.