Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) was named a "YMCA Congressional Champion" in Washington, D.C., on March 4 for his leadership in supporting youth and communities through the Youth Workforce Readiness Act.

Zane Moore, President/CEO of YMCA of Bucks County, presented the award on behalf of Y-USA. Rep. Fitzpatrick was honored for his support of several key Acts introduced to benefit youth-serving causes like nutrition, trauma support and energy-efficiency like HR.2818, HR.3180 and HR.3120 and the introduction of the Youth Workforce Readiness Act, new legislation that will help ensure youth-serving organizations, like the Y, have the resources they need to ensure students can participate in meaningful, work-based learning opportunities.

"The Y is fortunate to have elected leaders such as Rep. Fitzpatrick," said Moore. "His steadfast commitment to ensuring youth develop the skills they need to succeed after graduation is just one example of his commitment to improving lives throughout the state of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country."

The award was presented in the Washington, DC office of Representative Fitzpatrick with aides and YMCA representatives in attendance.

"Organizations like the YMCA do amazing work for our communities and our children, and I am humbled to receive this designation from them," said Rep. Fitzpatrick. "At the YMCA, they understand that an investment in our children is an investment in our future, and it is critical that we continue to support their efforts."