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World Sight Day: A Member's Story

World Sight Day focuses global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Did you know that more than 280 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness? While the goal is to create awareness to prevent this condition, it's often a disability many people have to live with long-term. Today, we want to share a story about one of our volunteers at the Y, Jeff, who's not letting his lack of vision slow him down from giving back to the community.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, World Sight Day, blind, blindness, vision impairment, volunteerism, Volunteer, social responsibility

Running Form, Rollers and Anticipation for the Chicago Marathon

While people like biomechanist Benno Nigg of the University of Calgary's Human Performance Laboratory have been debunking the myth that heel striking is the cause of all injuries, citing the fact that even a portion of the top 25 marathoners in the world are heel strikers, there continues to be controversy.  more

Tags: This Week in Runners,  Y,  YMCA,  Running,  heel striking, foam rollers, Amy Hastings, Bobby Curtis, Chicago Marathon, mile repeats

Leadership that Starts at Home

You have a voice. So does Ana. This is her Y. Her words. Her story. 

When we picture leaders, we tend to imagine them in politics or in the business setting, maybe in the schools or at universities or in the sports fields… But do we ever think of the home as a place that needs leaders as well?  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Leadership, Education, Volunteer, volunteerism, social responsibility, action, career, communication, advice, the y, YMCA, blog, social media

What Do You Look for in a New Leader?

The YMCA of the USA recently named Kevin Washington as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Welcoming a new leader is something most people in the work force are familiar with and have witnessed at least once. For the Y in particular, what traits and characteristics do you think an individual needs to lead our organization? Whethere you're a member, a volunteer, donor, or staff person, what does it take to be a leader in the 21st century?

 

 

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Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, CEO, President, Kevin Washington, Boston, Chicago, YMCA of the USA, Y-USA, Leadership, 21st century, Millennials, Generation X, Generation Y, the y, YMCA

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