This Week in Young Leaders

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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National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrion Month, so we're taking a look at how our young leaders are stepping up their game and not only bringing healthy food to others in their communities, but also helping to fight hunger too.  more

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Where Are They Now?

Amy Dennis is not only a former Youth & Government™ participant, but also a college student who happens to be an outstanding video storyteller, photographer, and emerging leader in the world of media and communications. Let's take a look at her story and what's she's been up to since making a difference in her community through education and leadership.  more

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This Week in Moms

The Rise of Sharenting

Do you share your parenting experiences on social media? There’s a word for that, it’s called “sharenting”. I use sharenting to keep friends and family across the country and even the world updated on my daughter’s growth and milestones. Sharenting helped me keep sane when I needed advice or needed to vent as I was transitioning into motherhood. more

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Spring Decluttering

Fighting clutter is a never-ending battle in my household. No matter how often I declutter,  stuff always finds its way to where it doesn’t need to be. Old mail ends up in piles, that kitchen junk drawer starts overflowing and I can’t find things when I need them.  more

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Reality vs. Fiction

Parenting is challenging. Not finding the solution to world peace challenging, but more like…it’s actually near impossible to explain unless you’ve experienced it. I read a quote that said, "Having a baby is like losing your leg and winning the lottery.” I immediately understood. more

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A Resolution Deferred

In the poem Harlem, Langston Hughes speculated about what happens to a dream deferred. Hint: It’s not pretty. I imagine the same concept applies to New Year’s resolutions that are forgotten, delayed or swept to the side. 

I had grand plans for 2015.

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Lessons From My Mother

I recently started reading Mom & Me & Mom, one of the last books written by the late, great Maya Angelou. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a preteen. So much so that I named my daughter after her.  more

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Family Matters

Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family. more

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How to Plan a First Birthday Party Without Losing Your Soul

My daughter Maya will be turning the big o-n-e next month and the pressure is mounting to plan her birthday party. I’m finding myself getting caught up in the details because I want the day to go perfectly. But let's be honest for a second, first birthday parties are really for the adults! more

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Precious Cargo

I have spent pretty much every moment of my daughter’s life with her since she made her debut a little over 10 months ago. Outside of the few afternoons and evenings with her dad and grandma, we’ve been joined at the hip. After almost a year of trying to be supermom, something has become crystal clear. It’s not her, it’s me—but we need to have some time apart. I need to find a babysitter.  more

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Much Ado About Bathtime

Another day, another thing you’re not doing right as a parent. In this week’s news, you’re probably giving your kid too many baths. I came across this blog entry on the Washington Post that proclaims a bath everyday is too much.  more

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Life Skills

A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I had a friend over who brought her teenage daughter and one of her classmates. The girls sat on the couch, headphones on and eyes glued to their smart phones. They weren’t talking to us or each other. When asked what their favorite subject was in school, one replied, “None of them."

I’m not going to get on my high horse and write an essay about how technology is ruining our kids and how things were so much better “back in my day." But I would be lying if I said I didn’t find the encounter troubling. My experience with these teens may have been an extreme example, but the way kids today interact with each other and the world is…different. more

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