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Never Ending Kindness

When I think about the Y and just a few words that remind me of its members and volunteers, it's kindness. Last night, a few young leaders and I showed up at the Lakeview YMCA in Chicago to help celebrate the holidays, mingle with, and break bread with a few residents, some who might not have a permamen home to call their own.  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, charity, homeless

Good Intentions

To judge other parents and how they raise their children is unfair, but often second nature. It’s oh so simple to say how you would have handled something when you are an outsider looking in. Well, I’m here to apologize to every parent i’ve silently judged or thrown an all-knowing glance in their direction.  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, baby, babies, Naps, food, fruit, vegetables, sleep, pictures, photos, pediatrician, Doctor, Friend, friends, TV, Television

Share It Forward

The Viewsters Online Film Festival will be announcing their winners for filmmakers who submitted entries revolving around the environment, human rights, public health, politics, social justice and more. The recipients will get to donate a portion of the $100,000 prize money to the charity of their choice.

Young leaders, just wondering if any of you knew that the Y is a charitable organization worthy of all these issues related to social responsibility. 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, social responsibility, film, filmmaking, Cinema, donations, arts, Movies

15 Things

In honor of the upcoming new year, I thought of 15 things I’d share with my younger self. I’ll also pass some on to my daughter when she’s old enough, though she may just roll her eyes at me and say, “Moooommmm!" more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, future, Perspective, Love, Money, health, Exercise, friends, friendship, Joy, Accomplishments, Failure, giving, happiness

Thoughts on NCAA XC Championships

It's been over a week since the NCAA Cross Country championships on November 22nd, but it will remain a historically significant day for much longer. In the case of Division I, it's often a day when future running stars have significant breakout performances. more

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, NCAA cross country national championships, Colorado, Michigan State, Edward Cheserek, Kate Avery, North Central College, Grant Wintheiser, Johns Hopkins, Amy Regan

Small Country, Making a Big Difference

Have you heard about a country called Sierra Leone? It’s a small country in Africa that the Missoula Family YMCA is working to help. 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, Giving Tuesday, world service, Global Services, service learning

Time (Management) Waits for No One

I had lofty aspirations to have the most productive Thanksgiving holiday ever. While I wouldn’t trade all the family, friends, fun and food from the last few days, I’m currently spending my Sunday evening picking up the slack from all the work I didn’t get to. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, Mommy, Mommies, parent, Parents, parenting, Kid, Kids, child, Children, the y, YMCA, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Organization, Multitasking, Tasks, priorities, time, Distractions, Calendar, Work

Work Hard and Put Forth the Effort

Jarod Walls runs the Aquatics Department, oversees the Arts & Humanities Department, and assists in daily operations at the Coffman Family YMCA, part of the YMCA of Greater Dayton. He wants to share with you his take on what it means to be a young leader in the world today. 

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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, Aquatics, Swim Safety, Lifeguard, life guard, swimming

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