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Where Anybody from Any Culture, Any Country, Can Come and Be Welcomed

You have a voice. And so does Nicole. This is her Y. Her words. Her story. 

One of my passions in life is working with youth, helping them to embrace diversity and discover their own potential. I get to follow this passion by leading the Minority Achievers’ Program (MAP) at my local Y. As a bilingual, bicultural Latina and first generation college graduate, I have a deep and personal connection to the MAP mission, serving students of color and immigrant youth.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, snohomish county, washington, the y, YMCA, Leadership, blingual, Spanish, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican, boricua, Hispanic, Latino, celeberation, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X

Should we be allowed to choose our own titles?

Captain of Moonshots. Godmother of Wishes. These are just a few people you could be working with in the near future. If you believe rethinking your moniker on the job is pushing creativity to the max, then what do you think about these inventive titles? more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, career, job, title, position, names, Work, Leadership, creativity, social media, blog, the y, YMCA, Community, college, teen, student

Making a Difference in Uruguay Pt. 3: Nate

This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Nate's trip. His words. His story. 

This past summer, I was selected, along with ten other teens, to travel to Uruguay as a part of a leadership program with my YMCA camp, Camp Becket-Chimney Corners. more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Uruguay, international, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, Leadership, friends, friendship, campers, camp, world service, service learning, the y, YMCA

What Makes a 21st-Century Leader Great?

We're only 14 years in, but let's not let that hold us back from defining what it takes to be a great leader in the 21st Century. Some say you have to be bold, stand and deliver, and bring out the best in everyone. Others make the case that it's being an optimist, fun and jovial to be around, and able to liven up any situation when things are looking down.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, Leadership, leader, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X, the y, YMCA, college, teens, students, School, career, vision, inspiration


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