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Teaching Kindness

I am far removed from the days of my childhood when I was teased for being too skinny, too tall or too awkward. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit it took me years to get over the complexes I developed from being teased by other kids. The unfortunate reality is, words can and do hurt.  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Kindness, Empathy, Morals, Morality

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

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, world service, Global Service. International, Prague, Czech Republic, Giving Tuesday, Give

Spa Day

Like many moms, self care has fallen to the bottom of my list of important activities. I know I have to make time for me, but work and family obligations regularly move to the front of the queue. Also, getting to the spa can be a stretch. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Family, Work, Busy, Spa, Pampering, Exfoliate, Moisturize, Relax, Relaxation, DIY, recipe, recipes

"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

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, career, job, job opportunities, careers, career development

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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Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, social responsibility, Leadership, Leaders, leader, student, teens, college, young professionals, Next Generation, volunteerism, caring, giving, Community, communities, neighbors, Neighborhood, the y, YMCA, So Much More, Call to Action, volleyball

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

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, NCAA Cross Country Championships preview, NCAA predictions, Colorado, St. Olaf, North Central College, Edward Cheserek, Kate Avery, Grant Wintheiser

The Age of Entitlement

Many of us have been there. As children, we often want what we want when we want it. I was an unusually considerate child growing up (my mom’s words, not  mine), so I didn’t gripe much about not getting material things. But like most kids and teens past and present, I whined about washing dishes or taking out the trash, I watched way too much TV and generally felt like I should be able to do what I wanted.  more

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