This Week in Young Leaders

How Many People Volunteer for the Y?

Do you know how many people have volunteered for the Y? more

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A Time to Give Back to the Community

It’s National Volunteer Week (April 12 – 18), and it’s a great time, young leaders, to take action and discover opportunities to give back and make a difference in your community. Up in Tarrytown, New York, Maya’s giving back at her mom’s early education center because “taking isn’t enough.” Mike would tell you it’s not only a great time of the year to get out there and start hiking, but also to “help kids find their own outdoor adventures” by teaching them to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them every day. You can tell just by watching their “do-it-yourself” video stories, that they really get something out of it too. more

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Get Animated!

Some of our young leaders start off at the Y in afterschool programs, camp, and kicking around a soccer ball or taking a dive in the pool. For Seth Reid, the Y experience started to make sense to to him when he joined up for the annual junior assembly in Tampa as a middle school student. Fast forward to college, Seth's now making a difference on campus as a freshman... more

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Education and leadership are essential to creating a successful path for our future luminaries. Take for instance Sabrina or Seth, both alumni of the Youth and Government™ program, who developed their leadership skills during high school and now taking engagement to the next level in college. Like them, high school freshman, Riley, is well on his way of making his mark in this world too. 

But leadership takes all sorts of shapes and forms.  more

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The Importance of Sleeping Under the Stars

For one night every two weeks, each cabin group adventures out into the woods with their sleeping bags and food in hand to spend a night in the great outdoors. As a camp counselor, I loved nothing more than putting my backpack on and leading my campers along the trail knowing that soon we would be cooking over an open fire, telling stories, and finally falling asleep under the stars. more

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Leadership with Grit

The following are excerpts from an essay, "Think. Act. Communicate. With Grit," written by Sha Foland, Director of Member Engagement, at the Silicon Valley YMCA. It's the "grit" that may make a difference between being a good leader and a great leader, whether you're a member, volunteer, or someone thinking about working for the Y one day.  more

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Where Are They Now?

From one of the youngest Youth and Government™ governors in Texas history to a high school freshman who's full of C.H.A.R.I.S.M.A, Riley M. is sharing what he's been up to since we last saw him in his "do-it-yourself" video for the Y's education and leadership programs.  more

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Volunteer Opportunity: Healthy Kids Day®

Spring is officially here, which means the end of school's nearing for millions of kids across the country. But here's a fact: children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind in in studies when summer hits. As a volunteer for Healthy Kids Day®, you can help youth in your neighborhood celebrate the Y's national initiative to improve health and the well-being of kids all year long. Check out these vids if it helps give you any inspiration to embrace your spirit of social responsibility.  more

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Where Are They Now?

The last time we saw Sabrina, she was a young leader who wanted to break the stereotypes and show others that a Latina student can succeed. Find out what this Youth and Government™ participant's been up to since we watched er video about education and leadership. more

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Four to Follow

The average Twitter account supposedly has 208 followers. Check out these four young leaders who are making the most of their following and uplifting the Y in areas of education, personal development, volunteerism, and social responsibility.  more

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This Week in Moms

Hot Fun in the Summertime

The first day of summer isn't until June 21st, but as most parents know the key to a successful summer is planning ahead!

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Making Mom Friends: Redux

The isolation of being a new mom was something I was ill prepared for. My fiancé travels often for work and only had about 5 days of paternity leave. My mom was only able to take a week of vacation time to help me out. A steady stream of visitors soon turned into a trickle. I was sleep deprived, frustrated and lonely. I needed to make some friends, but it wasn’t going to be easy. more

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How the Day Camp Experience Enriches our Children

As a mom, it can be extremely difficult to let go. However, one thing is inevitable—one day you’re going to have to let that baby bird leave the nest. One great way to give your kids greater independence and enrich their lives while keeping them close to home is allowing them to participate in a day camp.  more

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Just Say No

Recently, I have embarked on a quest to simplify my life. I started with spring cleaning and I have felt the fog of stress and overwhelm subside a bit. However, I still feel like I have too many things on my plate and my very mobile almost toddler has needed much more attention. That means there’s less time for everything else.  more

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The Resilience of Youth

Proud mama alert: My 11-month-old baby girl has recently taken her first steps! While extremely exciting, this development has opened up a whole new world of hurtliterally. In the few days that she has officially been walking, she’s had two scary tumbles. more

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Quality Time

I’m sure there isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t feel the guilt of not spending enough time with their kids. I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I know that i am always reminded that work can wait, this precious time goes fast and that I should enjoy it. Can you relate? more

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The Rise of Sharenting

Do you share your parenting experiences on social media? There’s a word for that, it’s called “sharenting”. I use sharenting to keep friends and family across the country and even the world updated on my daughter’s growth and milestones. Sharenting helped me keep sane when I needed advice or needed to vent as I was transitioning into motherhood. more

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Spring Decluttering

Fighting clutter is a never-ending battle in my household. No matter how often I declutter,  stuff always finds its way to where it doesn’t need to be. Old mail ends up in piles, that kitchen junk drawer starts overflowing and I can’t find things when I need them.  more

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