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Words that Move Us

This Week, guest blogger, Eric Hutchinson, shared how Exercising Your Creativity can boost your communication skills and help develop relationships. We wanted to follow up a couple of days later and put one of our budding poets, Josh Baker, on your radar. Not only did this guy join the Y and take an arts & humanities class up in Syracuse, New York at the Downtown Writers Center, but also he picked up his camera and put together a story about how the Y helped benefit his life and brought him closer to his community.  more

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Exercising Your Creativity

For decades, the Y has been known as a “gym and swim”; a place where families can come to participate in group sports, take swimming lessons, and get in shape. While the Y remains the nation’s leader in quality programs for healthy living, we have expanded over the years to include several programs and classes for the arts and humanities. Studies show that exercising the mind can be just as important as exercising the body. The Y recognizes the importance of arts education in the United States and provides a variety of ways for individuals and families to grow their creativity. more

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Selecting the Right Summer Camp Program

It may not feel like it, but summer will be here before you know it. And for most parents, that means finding the best summer overnight camp or day camp program for your children. Summer camp is awesome; I attended quite a few in my pre-teen years. I gained confidence and character, made long lasting relationships, accomplished things I didn't think I could, stayed active physically and mentally, and created lifelong memories. However, all kids are different and careful thought and consideration should be taken to make sure they attend a camp that is the right fit. more

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Lend Your Voice

As a Youth and Government™ participant, you have an opportunity to lend your voice to the Y’s national blog, This Week in Young Leaders. Whether you’re exploring ideas such as education, leadership, volunteerism, advocacy, global services, and other issues related to social responsibility, we want you to build upon your sense of civic engagement through our online community. While the premise is simple, the benefits are many. more

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Eating Ain’t Easy

My daughter had recently graduated to eating non-pureed solids. I upped her protein intake due to her pediatrician's suggestion and she was now consistently eating chicken. Like I had been doing every day for about a week, I cut up a chicken strip and put it in a bowl for her to eat. I handed it to my mother who stopped by babysit to feed it to her.  more

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What to Say to Your Mentor

Mentors are there to give you sage advice, but would you believe the dialogue's a two-way street? Here are some quick tips to get the most out of the dynamic between you and your mentor experience.  more

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