From left, Los Alamos Family YMCA CEO Linda Daly, District 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Youth Governor Chloe Larkin and Director of Operations, YMCA of Central New Mexico Marc Lewis. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE—The New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs presented State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard with its inaugural Champion of the YMCA award for her commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility as well as for her advocacy for the charitable work of YMCAs.
“The YMCA continues to have a positive impact in our communities through its important work in providing vital services and programs to children, adults, and families,” Garcia Richard said. “I am especially honored to receive this award in front of amazing young leaders from around the state. Our future is bright in New Mexico.”
The award was presented Thursday in the opening session of the YMCA Youth and Government mock legislative session at the Santa Fe Roundhouse. More than 120 high school students from around the state participate in this program that bring the workings of state government alive by taking on roles in branches of state government.
The YMCA thanked Garcia Richard for being a champion of early childhood education and an advocate of the YMCAs charitable work, especially around youth development.
The New Mexico Alliance of YMCAs is a grassroots-driven organization that advocates and educates on behalf of the YMCA and its charitable mission. Alliance members include YMCA of Central New Mexico, The Family YMCA (Los Alamos/Espanola) and YMCA of Greater El Paso (serving southern most counties). The Alliance’s priorities include influencing policies and initiatives that help develop healthy behaviors and healthier communities; supporting legislation to ensure all socioeconomic levels have access to affordable, quality childcare and out-of-school time activities; and protecting the Y’s and other nonprofits tax-exempt status.