This Week in Young Leaders

Diverse Cultures, Backgrounds, and Perspectives

The Y has always championed diversity and inclusion of people from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds. Just look at the YMCA International Services in Houston or the International Services in New York City. When newcomers to America arrive with hopes and dreams, they often bring with them an array of cultures, languages, demographic traits, and more. more

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Campus Life: Best College Leaders

Earlier this year, I was packing my bags to head down to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2015 Campus YMCA Partners (CYP) Conference. As an AmeriCorps member placed at Y-USA through the Public Allies Chicago Program, I was able to attend the conference because I am in the Training and Leadership Development/Talent Management Department that has helped to coordinate Campus YMCA’s in the past. more

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Generation C

You're under the age of 35 and - let's face it - it seems like every one wants to give you advice on how to live your life. While that's cool (and often most welcome), others should know it's a two-way street. There's a lot to be learned from Gens Y & Z (But who wants to put a label on age anyway? We're all connected in some way or another in the digital age*, which makes all of us of all ages Gen C, if you think about it). So, for all the generations out there, here's some advice that all of us can use no matter what age you are. 

* But what isn't digital anymore? more

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Diversity, Inclusion & Global Learning

Many of you will visit our site and jump right over to the career section looking for a job this summer. While that's okay, just know that thinking about or even working at the Y comes with much more responsibility, especially if you're an emerging leader who truly cares about your global community.  more

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Young Leaders in the News May 12

Check out why young leaders are making headlines all over the world. more

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Last Call for Summer Bloggers!

Do you want to be a guest blogger for the Y? Tell us what's on your mind today.  more

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5 Things For Asian Pacific-American History Month

It seems like young leaders are pretty much synonymous with the idea of diversity and inclusion. So, for Asian Pacific-American History Month, here are 5 things that should be on your mind lately.  more

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Mentors and Mentees

My is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Check in with one of our young leaders and guest bloggers, Kong Chang, to find out his thoughts on the mentor-mentee relationship. more

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A Camper. A Former Ballerina. A Food Truck Driver.

These are just a few young leaders who are more than who they say they are: they're the latest round of guest bloggers who are sharing their ideas about education, leadership, volunteerism, social responsibility, and more. Do you want to be a guest blogger like them and share what's on your mind? more

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We Want to Achieve Something Bigger

Shane would be the first to tell you he's starting to think of life after high school. As a college student striving to better his diverse and inclusive community, he's exploring opportunities at the Y that are not only improving his life, but also his friends and neighbors. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

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This Week in Runners

U.S. Stars Make Outdoor Debuts at Middle Distance Classic

The 2015 Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic takes place tonight at Occidental College, California. Formerly known as the USATF Oxy High Performance Distance Classic, it's a rare opportunity for distance fans to watch a meet entirely focused on the 800, 1500, 3000 steeplechase and the 5000. Some major running stars will be featured, including the outdoor debuts for Galen Rupp, Nick Symmonds, Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn, Mary Cain and Kara Goucher. more

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Can Sweat Make Other People Happy?

I thought the only living creature that was happy to smell my sweat was my cat Sly. He loves rolling around in my stinky socks and running gear before they go in the laundry. Yes, that's him in the picture. My other cat Ozzy however, prefers clean laundry. Cats of course have other motives. They like to combine their scent with yours to establish their territory. more

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This Week in Moms

Cabin Fever

It was happening! For once I was going to be able to leave the house with my toddler before 10 a.m.. We were going to have the most productive day ever, I had it all planned out. We were dressed and out of the door as I walked to the garage. Then that feeling of dread hit me. I got closer and realized our one and only child car seat was in the car my fiancé drove to the airport for his 3-day business trip. Sigh. more

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The Baby & Toddler Hotel Primer

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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DIY Mommy Skincare

One of the most striking differences I noticed in my role as mom is that self care has taken a backseat to everything else. Once a top priority, my skincare routine completely fell apart as I picked up terrible habits like forgetting to moisturize and going to bed with a face full of makeup. I now have plenty of blemishes to show for it.  more

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Try A Little Tenderness

In a world that’s often unfriendly to new moms and their babies, it’s heartwarming when you hear stories from the other side. By now you’ve likely heard about the professor who taught his class while holding his student’s baby. more

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Mother's Day Musings

My second Mother’s Day is in the booksI just barely made the cutoff last year, but I’m claiming it! Before I was a mom, I thought Mother’s Day was no more than an over-commercialized greeting card holiday (more on that later), but I have developed an appreciation. Being a mom is tough, and I welcome any opportunity that allows me to sit back and kick my feet up, if only for a few hours.

 

 
 
 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Frozen Treats

I was at one of my local grocery stores for “Gelato Wednesdays," that glorious day when gelatos and sorbets from the prepared foods section are half price. I got into an in-depth conversation with the cashier about the pineapple basil sorbet I purchased and realized that I have been confusing gelato and sorbet for years. more

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Insect Invasion

After a long and particularly brutal winter and a spring that wasn't sure when to begin, beautiful weather has finally made it to my hometown Chicago.

The higher temperatures and blooming flowers and trees have unfortunately brought some unwanted visitors. Spiders and ants, specifically. I love nature, but I don't particularly want it in my house. 

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Gourmet Mom

One of my friends was raving to me recently about the meal subscription service she was using. She sent me a free trial through her subscription of choice, Blue Apron. There’s a bunch of other services out there including Hello Fresh and Plated. The concept is that you are mailed all of the ingredients in the proper proportions you need to make one or more meals for the week. more

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The Seeds of Self-Esteem

I was recently at the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. I was turning into the baking aisle when I was approached by a woman with two young childrena boy and a girl. "Your baby is so cute!" she exclaimed, as she fawned over Maya as she sat in the shopping cart. more

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Think Pink

When I was a child, I wasn’t very fond of pink. I was a tomboy through and through. Though my mom bought me Barbies, I preferred playing video games or pretending I had just won WrestleMania with my brother’s action figures. There was nothing pink about me. more

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