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Secretary Jewell, American Express Announce Major Commitment to Increase Volunteerism on America’s Public Lands

YMCA of the USA President Emeritus Neil Nicoll joins American Express Foundation President Tim McClimon and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for an announcement of $5 million grant to the Department of the Interior. The Y will receive some funds to support community coordinator positions in 50 cities to bring community leaders together to promote service opportunities on public lands. 
U.S. Department of the Interior

YMCA Youth in Government Program Develops Youth and Prepares Them to be Leaders of Tomorrow

The YMCA's Youth in Government program, a statewide youth civic education and leadership development initiative, encourages over 2,400 students in grades 7-12 from Minnesota and western Wisconsin to be life-long, active citizens through hands-on learning experiences. 
InsightNews.com

YMCA Summer Camps Rely on Fundamentals

YMCA summer camps have been around for more than a century, and they still provide the basics — the archery, canoeing, crafts and obstacle courses — that the organization believes kids need to grow into adults who appreciate and love the outdoors.
Associated Press

Bethune-Cookman, YMCA Team Up to Get Kids Reading

In a school where only 29 percent of third-graders read at grade level, an afterschool reading program works to address this gap.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

YMCA Pilot Program Found to Boost Skills Students Need to Learn

YMCA of the USA is expanding a pilot afterschool program designed to close the achievement gap for low-income children, following early signs that students are gaining the skills and motivation they need to do well in school.
Education Week

'Tis the Season to Develop Volunteer Habits for Life

During the holidays, most families look for opportunities to be together. Children are out of school, vacation plans are in place and the road trips, football, food, music and traditions make it a perfect time to connect with others. There is another “tradition” that can add to the magic of the holidays: volunteering.
ParentToolkit.com

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The Baby & Toddler Hotel Primer

(photo credit: Thinkstock/Collection: PHOTOS.com)

Maya and I have tagged along on her dad's business trip, and I’m currently writing this blog post from a hotel room in Peoria, Illinois. I have a love/hate relationship with traveling with my daughter. On one hand, the change of scenery is a good thing. On the other, a strange room and a break from routine can be a recipe for disaster.  more

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