Zoe For President: New Candidate Announces Her Run for Commander in Chief In 2064

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation's Commander in Chief…in 2064….maybe… if she wants…. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they're nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y initiatives like childcare, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.

Zoe for PresidentLike all candidates, Zoe has her own campaign website, ZoeForPresident.net, where users can donate to her campaign, watch videos of her stance on issues and shop for swag. When users donate to Zoe's campaign, they are donating to their local Y and supporting the programs and services that enable kids like Zoe to thrive from childhood to old age.

"While Zoe for President is a breath of fresh air during a heated campaign cycle, every child, regardless of background, needs support and guidance to reach their full potential," said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA. "Our campaign will address actual issues that America's communities are faced with each day like access to early childhood education, safe space, meal assistance, and the Y's role in solving the challenges head on." 

The Y collaborated with New York City-based creative agency Droga5 to produce the concept. The TV spots will air on multiple networks including CNN, HLN, TNT, and TBS among others. To view the spots, please visit ZoeForPresident.net. Digitally, The Y will advertise with The New York Times, YouTube, Twitter, as well as a number of other online properties.

Zoe for President is the second phase of the Y's For a better us.™ campaign, a multi-year, multi-faceted effort to engage more people with the Y and its mission as a nonprofit. Earlier this year, the Y launched two powerful television commercials, Places and Idle Hands, each spotlighting a different problem communities in America face today. Both spots closed with the Y's work nonprofit work on the ground, engaging and enriching kids and families through safe spaces, mentorship, education, meal programs and more.

 

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YMCA Feeds Kids this Summer

In an effort to improve healthy outcomes for the community through their commitment to HEPA, the Washington County Family YMCA served 1,655 meals to local youth during the month of June through their Summer Food Service Program, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education. 

In 2014, the Washington County Family YMCA began striving towards HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) standards for their youth programs. These standards set forth concrete goals and objectives for to teach children how to make healthy food choices and to enjoy physical activity. This initiative contributes to the social and physical development of youth, and overall well-being. Driven by commitment and cause, the Washington County Family YMCA has pledged to educate kids about healthy lifestyles, model healthy behaviors, and cultivate environments that make it easier for kids to make healthier choices

“With HEPA being a part of EVERYTHING we do here at the Y, when we started to plan for our Summer Food Service Program this year (usually offered only to our Camp kids), it was a no-brainer to expand it to impact more youth,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “Our Youth Coordinator, Ashley Hubbard, came to me with partnership requests to work with the Salem Public Library and the Bradie Shrum Summer School programs. We got busy to make it happen, and now we have served over sixteen hundred meals in the month of June, alone!”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, children who miss breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, absent or tardy, disruptive in class, and inattentive. They also score lower on achievement tests. Good nutrition is essential for learning in school. SFSP provides an opportunity to continue a child's physical and social development while providing nutritious meals during long vacation periods from school. It helps children return to school ready to learn. The Summer Food Service program serves children 18 and younger. They may receive free meals and snacks through SFSP. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.  

The Washington County Family YMCA’s Summer Food Program will continue to operate through the month of July. Individuals wishing to take part in the program should contact Rosie Morehous at the Washington County Family YMCA at least 24 hours prior to the meal distribution to ensure their spot. Morehous may be reached via phone at 812-883- YMCA (9622), or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any youth age 18 and under may receive a free meal. Adults are not offered meals at this site.

Lunch is served at the Salem Middle School Monday through Friday at 11:30 am, at Bradie Shrum Elementary School Monday through Friday at 12:00 pm, and at the Salem Public Library two days per week on Mondays and Fridays at 11:30 am. Afternoon snacks are also available at the Bradie Shrum Elementary site Monday through Fridays at 3:30 pm.

“We are so proud to offer healthy meals to youth in our community,” said Morehous. “Some of the children we serve may not have a healthy meal, or any food at all, that day if it weren’t for this program. We take pride in being able to impact the community in this way.”

For more information on the YMCA’s Summer Food Service Program, or to learn more about how you can become a #HEPAchampion, stop by the front desk during operating hours for assistance (Monday-Thursday 5am-9pm, Friday 5am-7pm, Saturday 7am-5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm). Questions can also be directed to Rosie

Morehous at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.wcfymca.org for information about the Washington County Family YMCA, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook for the most up to date information.

The YMCA relies on the time, talents and treasures of the community to offer valuable programs and services. For more information on how YOU can impact our community, or to learn more about how to give, contact Kristy Purlee at their location at 1709 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN 47167, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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