This Week in Young Leaders

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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Basketball Life Lessons

March Madness may be over, but returning guest blogger, Shane Foster, wants to give you a few tips about leadership before you hit the courts this summer for a little fun.  more

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Preparing for the Future

Next month, many high schoolers around the country will walk the graduation stage, many of them looking to what the future has in store for them. Some of the most optimistic ones are those who have had the opportunity to go through career, college prep, and leadership programs in their local communities.  more

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4/23

Social responsibility and taking care of the environment is every day.  more

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When Do You Look Up?

Thoughts and views of a millennial, young leader, and someone who wants you to look up: cell phones and meeting ethics for the young leader. more

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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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This Week in Runners

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

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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No Such Thing as Normal

My daughter had her 12-month pediatrician visit yesterday and like all of the appointments before it, I was a little nervous. Check-up visits as a mom feel a lot like getting a report card of progress report. Maybe I’m overthinking this, but it feels a lot like being graded.  more

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The More the Merrier

As the old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child." I can think of no truer words since I’ve become a mom. It also takes a village to throw a 1-year-old’s birthday party (in my case). 

 

 

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Springtime Produce

I’ve been buying a lot of fruit and vegetables to maintain my smoothie habit. I’ve never been one to pay attention to what fruit and vegetables are in season, I’m more of a buy what’s on sale at the grocery store person. more

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Show A Little Gratitude

I was hanging out with a friend recently, and we were catching up on what was going on in each other’s lives. I talked about what was going well, but I soon began to discuss what wasn’t. I whined about how hard being a mom is and how I have too much to do and not enough time. I went on and on about it, and she stopped me and said, “I need you to show more gratitude." more

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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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