This Week in Young Leaders

O, Christmas Tree

So, if you're into Christmas trees (or holiday trees in general), these are some really great ideas for cool alternatives. But there's one tree in particular, that I think might not only celebrate the spirit of the giving season, but also social responsibility too.  more

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Give Tuesday, Give Any Day

While I have only been privileged to be part of the YMCA of the USA family less than 6 months thus far, I know first-hand how local organizations such as the Y can play a vital role in the development of communities in 119 countries, such as those in Haiti. Recently, I returned from my fourth trip to Haiti. more

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Never Ending Kindness

When I think about the Y and just a few words that remind me of its members and volunteers, it's kindness. Last night, a few young leaders and I showed up at the Lakeview YMCA in Chicago to help celebrate the holidays, mingle with, and break bread with a few residents, some who might not have a permamen home to call their own.  more

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Share It Forward

The Viewsters Online Film Festival will be announcing their winners for filmmakers who submitted entries revolving around the environment, human rights, public health, politics, social justice and more. The recipients will get to donate a portion of the $100,000 prize money to the charity of their choice.

Young leaders, just wondering if any of you knew that the Y is a charitable organization worthy of all these issues related to social responsibility. more

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Small Country, Making a Big Difference

Have you heard about a country called Sierra Leone? It’s a small country in Africa that the Missoula Family YMCA is working to help. more

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Work Hard and Put Forth the Effort

Jarod Walls runs the Aquatics Department, oversees the Arts & Humanities Department, and assists in daily operations at the Coffman Family YMCA, part of the YMCA of Greater Dayton. He wants to share with you his take on what it means to be a young leader in the world today. 

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Catching a Glimpse of One World

Phil has been a full time part of the YMovement for 9 years.  He has a passion for seeing people grow, develop and engage in community building.  He is married to a wonderful woman and has 4 ridiculously amazing children. But he's also one of the Y's World Sefvice Champions. This is his Y. His words. His reason for giving.  more

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"The Y is a Fun and Positive Environment to Stay."

This Sunday, we're highlighting another emerging leader, Stephanie Romero, and why she thinks exploring career opportunities at the Y has helped her not only make friends for life, but also a place to grow as a young individual, personally and professionally. This is her Y. Her words. Her story.  more

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Young Leader Receives Top Award in Canton, Georgia

Asia Stawicka of Canton, Georgia spends her time coaching volleyball and assisting coaches on the weekends. Find out how this resident from Poland found a place in the U.S. giving back to our country by inspiring teen leaders in her college town in America. 

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This Week in Runners

Thoughts on NCAA XC Championships

It's been over a week since the NCAA Cross Country championships on November 22nd, but it will remain a historically significant day for much longer. In the case of Division I, it's often a day when future running stars have significant breakout performances. more

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Plant-based are Diets Best for Weight Loss

A study published last month in Nutrition Journal, "Comparative effectiveness of plant-based diets for weight loss: A randomized controlled trial of five different diets" indicated that people who ate vegan or vegetarian diets lost twice the amount of weight as those who followed modified vegetarian or omnivorous diets, despite the lack of calorie restrictions. more

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NCAA Cross Country Nationals Preview

The NCAA National Championships are coming on Saturday, November 22. The Division I championship will take place at Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women's race begin's at noon. The Division III championship will be held at The Golf Center at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio at 11 a.m. more

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This Week in Moms

Going for the Goal

Another year is about to come to a close and many of us are left wondering where  the time has gone. Every year I’m left wondering why I didn’t accomplish more. The answer may not be the same for everyone, but in my case, I know that I have to create measurable goals.  more

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Middle School Blues

That feeling is all too familiar. Sitting at a desk with those hard plastic or wooden chairs for almost an hour, attempting to contort your body into a semi-comfortable position. That’s middle school for you. 

 

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Being Intentional

I used to work a full-time corporate job as a web developer. It was never my plan to have that job, it just kind of happened. While I don’t regret that entry on my resume, it never really felt right. For years I fought the uneasy feeling that it wasn’t the career for me. The money was good and I liked my co-workers, so I decided I would just make do.  more

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An Apple a Day

It seems like there's a new miracle superfruit popping up everywhere these days. Açaí, anyone? I picked up some baby food for my daughter last week and I found one that was made with aronia berry. I had never even heard of that! I had to look it up when I got home. more

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Blissful Ignorance?

I’m an avid researcher and Googler, so I’ve surprised myself with the extent I avoid reading about parenting in relation to my own child. I don’t live in a special mom bubble where I don’t let any information in. However, I tend to avoid any and all parenting books if I can help it. more

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Good Intentions

To judge other parents and how they raise their children is unfair, but often second nature. It’s oh so simple to say how you would have handled something when you are an outsider looking in. Well, I’m here to apologize to every parent i’ve silently judged or thrown an all-knowing glance in their direction.  more

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15 Things

In honor of the upcoming new year, I thought of 15 things I’d share with my younger self. I’ll also pass some on to my daughter when she’s old enough, though she may just roll her eyes at me and say, “Moooommmm!" more

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Time (Management) Waits for No One

I had lofty aspirations to have the most productive Thanksgiving holiday ever. While I wouldn’t trade all the family, friends, fun and food from the last few days, I’m currently spending my Sunday evening picking up the slack from all the work I didn’t get to. more

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