This Week in Young Leaders

Catching a Glimpse of One World

Phil has been a full time part of the YMovement for 9 years.  He has a passion for seeing people grow, develop and engage in community building.  He is married to a wonderful woman and has 4 ridiculously amazing children. But he's also one of the Y's World Sefvice Champions. This is his Y. His words. His reason for giving.  more

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"The Y is a Fun and Positive Environment to Stay."

This Sunday, we're highlighting another emerging leader, Stephanie Romero, and why she thinks exploring career opportunities at the Y has helped her not only make friends for life, but also a place to grow as a young individual, personally and professionally. This is her Y. Her words. Her story.  more

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Young Leader Receives Top Award in Canton, Georgia

Asia Stawicka of Canton, Georgia spends her time coaching volleyball and assisting coaches on the weekends. Find out how this resident from Poland found a place in the U.S. giving back to our country by inspiring teen leaders in her college town in America. 

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International Understanding, Leadership Skills, and Cultural Competency for Teens

This is a 5-part series leading up to Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday). Find out how Rachel benefitted from her World Service global education efforts and how you can be a part of Giving Tuesday too. This is her Y. Her words. Her story.  more

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At the Y, There's Always an Opportunity to Help Others

Seth Bower from the YMCA of Central Ohio shares some thoughts about what it means to be an emerging leader at the Y. Whether his advice helps you think about a career at the Y or inspires you to just do a bit of good in your community as a volunteer, this interview's worth reading.  more

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Adding Value to Our Community

What do Egypt, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Ukraine all have in common? 

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Teens Give Back

Everyone once in a while, we come across some great blog posts across the country that demonstrates our young leaders' committment to benfitting our communities and improving lives. This is one of the moments. Check out Kari's post on running a Teen Leader Corps in New Hampshire.  more

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Interview with a Social Responsibility Leader

Omar Torres knows a thing or two about Social Responsiblity. Check out his interview that was recently published by the Y's Emerging Leaders Resource Network. 

 

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This Is How You Say, "Yum!"

One of our young leaders, Raven, doesn't want you to eat just any old chili this fall season. She wants you to take healthy living to the max. That's why she called her mom and pulled out the cookbooks to come up with this delicious but healthy twist on an American favorite that will have you saying, "yum!"

Check out her recipe now.  more

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This Week in Runners

NCAA Cross Country Nationals Preview

The NCAA National Championships are coming on Saturday, November 22. The Division I championship will take place at Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women's race begin's at noon. The Division III championship will be held at The Golf Center at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio at 11 a.m. more

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This Week in Moms

Teaching Kindness

I am far removed from the days of my childhood when I was teased for being too skinny, too tall or too awkward. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit it took me years to get over the complexes I developed from being teased by other kids. The unfortunate reality is, words can and do hurt.  more

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Spa Day

Like many moms, self care has fallen to the bottom of my list of important activities. I know I have to make time for me, but work and family obligations regularly move to the front of the queue. Also, getting to the spa can be a stretch. more

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The Age of Entitlement

Many of us have been there. As children, we often want what we want when we want it. I was an unusually considerate child growing up (my mom’s words, not  mine), so I didn’t gripe much about not getting material things. But like most kids and teens past and present, I whined about washing dishes or taking out the trash, I watched way too much TV and generally felt like I should be able to do what I wanted.  more

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Separation Anxiety

Parents are spending more and more time away from their children due to financial obligations. Many children spend more time in day (or night) care than with their parents. Should this be the norm? more

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Afterschool Matters

Jorge Perez, VP of Youth Development, Family Enrichment and Social Responsibility for YMCA of the USA, wrote a blog post about the importance of afterschool programs and how to choose the best one for your child over at Parent Toolkit. more

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Noteworthy November

November is a busy month! Daylight Saving Time just ended and many of us cast our votes on Election Day. The star of the month, Thanksgiving, is right around the corner. However, November is more than just Turkey Day. There are quite a few educational and engaging events going on this month. 

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Hey There Lonely Mom

I have previously written about how hard it is to make mom friends, but reading this blog post made me relive how lonely being a mom can be. When I was preparing to become a mom, I was warned about many things, but soul-crushing loneliness was not one of them. more

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