September 27, 2012
Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) has been named the 2012 Legislator of the Year by the California State Alliance of YMCAs. Hall is being recognized for his legislative leadership and for his commitment to public policies that empower young people throughout California.
For over three years, Hall has worked with the State Alliance of YMCAs, legislative leaders and youth organizations across the state to help support civic education programs, including the YMCA Youth & Government Program. These programs have seen a sharp decrease in support from donors and a dramatic increase in demand for scholarships to help disadvantaged youth participate in these important civic education opportunities.
This year, Hall successfully authored AB 233, which will create the California YMCA Youth & Government Fund and allow California taxpayers to voluntarily donate to a number of civic youth education programs using a tax check off on their income tax form. Proceeds from the fund will support the YMCA Youth & Government Program, the African American Leaders for Tomorrow Program, the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project and various other non-profit civic education programs. AB 233 was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown and will take effect on January 1, 2013.
“Since its inception 63 years ago, the YMCA Youth & Government Program has successfully helped tens of thousands of California high school youth become involved, responsible and respected citizens,” said Hall.
“I am proud of the work we have done to help empower young people throughout the state to become the next generation of leaders and I look forward to working with the YMCA in the future to help build California’s leaders of tomorrow.”
Hall was recognized at the California State Alliance of YMCAs Fall Conference on Wednesday, September 26 in Long Beach, California.