This Week in Young Leaders

Leadership with Grit

The following are excerpts from an essay, "Think. Act. Communicate. With Grit," written by Sha Foland, Director of Member Engagement, at the Silicon Valley YMCA. It's the "grit" that may make a difference between being a good leader and a great leader, whether you're a member, volunteer, or someone thinking about working for the Y one day.  more

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Where Are They Now?

From one of the youngest Youth and Government™ governors in Texas history to a high school freshman who's full of C.H.A.R.I.S.M.A, Riley M. is sharing what he's been up to since we last saw him in his "do-it-yourself" video for the Y's education and leadership programs.  more

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Volunteer Opportunity: Healthy Kids Day®

Spring is officially here, which means the end of school's nearing for millions of kids across the country. But here's a fact: children are more likely to gain weight and fall behind in in studies when summer hits. As a volunteer for Healthy Kids Day®, you can help youth in your neighborhood celebrate the Y's national initiative to improve health and the well-being of kids all year long. Check out these vids if it helps give you any inspiration to embrace your spirit of social responsibility.  more

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Where Are They Now?

The last time we saw Sabrina, she was a young leader who wanted to break the stereotypes and show others that a Latina student can succeed. Find out what this Youth and Government™ participant's been up to since we watched er video about education and leadership. more

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Four to Follow

The average Twitter account supposedly has 208 followers. Check out these four young leaders who are making the most of their following and uplifting the Y in areas of education, personal development, volunteerism, and social responsibility.  more

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Where Are They Now?

The last time we caught up with Seth Reid, he was still a high school student making a difference in the Tampa community. Find out what this young leader's been up to, since he last put together this "do-it-yourself" video about Youth and Government for the Y. more

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Absolutely Phab-ulous

We recently learned that young leaders are getting in the market for phablets (phone + tablets) and that the mobile apps that come with these bigger devices are growing too. So, here are a few apps that might help you grow as a leader and - quite possible - make a difference in this world.  more

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Setting an Example When Not Setting the Table

It's officially not true: Millennials aren't the me-me-me generation at all. Quite the contrary - according to Nation's Restaurant News, more Millennial families are actually asking for healthier menu options for their young kids. So, whether you're advocating out in the community for a healthier lifestyle or in your own home, we decided to spotlight a few restaurants around the country that are holding up their end of the bargain for National Nutrition Month

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Where Are They Now?

A few years ago, Dany Sok was just an everyday high school student looking to find out more about the world around her through civic engagement and democratic issues. To become an outstanding young leader, nothing got her in way - not even a brief period of homelessness when she turned to the Y's Youth and Government™ program for a little light in her life. Here's what this Washington state resident's been up to since she last told her story and why she's on the up and up! more

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Advocate for a Healthier Life

We rely on our young leaders across the country to start a revolution, get the word, and engaging others in a free-flowing conversation. As you know, March - amid all the madness - is National Nutrition Month, so let's take a look at a few links you can share with your networks to get the word out about healthy living, eating well, preventing hunger, and more. Stand up today, young leaders! more

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