This Week in Young Leaders

Make the World Dance

A very wise president, Kid President, once said, “It’s everyone’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

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Smartphones: A Social Apocalypse?

It’s a sunny, cool day. After a grueling vertical climb, an eleven-year-old finally reaches the top of the rock wall and rings the bell proudly. I cheer. The group’s teacher cheers. I look over my shoulder at the other students on the ground, who are strangely silent, and find them huddled around cell phones.

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Achieving Your Dreams at The Y

There is an immense pressure from the world to know what you want to be when you “grow up”. I remember being that college freshman scrambling to choose a major. Boy was it tough! I ended up taking the list of majors and marking off what I DIDN’T want to do.

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What is your greatness doing today?

This past spring I found myself in a familiar position – getting ready for a no-hold barred game of Ultimate Frisbee at the state of Florida’s “Leaders Rally.” The twice-a-year gathering of teen leaders in Y programs is known for character development (which of course has to include Ultimate, right?)

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Real Life in the Y: Jordan Dubois

Jordan is part of the Emerging Leaders Resource Network, an employee group dedicated to giving voice to young leaders across the country who have or are thinking about careers at the Y. This is his real life at the Y.

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Our 20s: The Defining Decade?

Our 20's are our defining decade. Let that sink in for a second. 

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How the Y Has Allowed Me to Learn, Grow, and Thrive

My love affair with the YMCA didn't begin as a young child with swim lessons or in youth sports. It began in graduate school with AmeriCorps. During my second service term with AmeriCorps I served at the Monroe County YMCA in Bloomington, IN. I worked with the community outreach coordinator to implement ENERGIZE, a childhood obesity prevention program that focused on health education and physical activity in rural Title I schools. Title I schools are schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

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Time To Go Get That Donut!

While working the front desk at the Y, I got to know A LOT of members. After all, part of my job was to welcome anyone and everyone who walked through the door with a smiling face. One member who stuck out to me was an older gentleman named Frank.

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Swimming with the Stars

One of the first times I felt truly discouraged teaching swim lessons was with a shy, timid little girl. Surprisingly, there were no behavioral challenges – she was sweet and smart, and really not a handful. I had dealt with kids far worse than her, and always came out on top; the kids would have a great time, behavior issues would be gone or at least minimized, and I always felt so invigorated by the work I did.

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Positive Relationships and Good Communication

Hidden behind Washington State Senate’s podium, my knees shook as the words began to spill out of my mouth. I had been waiting for this moment for four years, and there I stood reciting a speech I had practice thousands of times. Youth lieutenant governor, the person who presides over the Senate, was the position I had wanted to run for, for the longest time.

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This Week in Runners

Predicting Times Based on Performances

Genzebe Dibaba's breathtaking world record performance and to a lesser extent, Shannon Rowbury's American record last week in Monaco were landmark events. Since Dibaba has been training to focus on the 5000, there is a lot of speculation on how fast she can ultimately run the distance.

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This Week in Moms

Flaky Mom

I tried. I really did. I did my best to still stay on top of child-rearing, maintain a healthy relationship and keeping up with friends and family while also holding down a job. Despite my best efforts, I’ve come to the realization that I’m kind of a flake. 

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Hot Weather Safety

With temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s it’s important to take extra precautions in the heat and sun, especially for children. Here are a few tips to help you and your kiddies stay safe.

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My Little Reader

I read to her when she was a newborn and I felt silly talking to a baby who didn’t understand me. I read to her when she was a few months older and got bored a few sentences in. I continued to read to her when she thought books were only good for eating.

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