This Week in Young Leaders

Real Life in the Y: Jordan Dubois

Jordan is part of the Emerging Leaders Resource Network, an employee group dedicated to giving voice to young leaders across the country who have or are thinking about careers at the Y. This is his real life at the Y.

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Our 20s: The Defining Decade?

Our 20's are our defining decade. Let that sink in for a second. 

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How the Y Has Allowed Me to Learn, Grow, and Thrive

My love affair with the YMCA didn't begin as a young child with swim lessons or in youth sports. It began in graduate school with AmeriCorps. During my second service term with AmeriCorps I served at the Monroe County YMCA in Bloomington, IN. I worked with the community outreach coordinator to implement ENERGIZE, a childhood obesity prevention program that focused on health education and physical activity in rural Title I schools. Title I schools are schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

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Time To Go Get That Donut!

While working the front desk at the Y, I got to know A LOT of members. After all, part of my job was to welcome anyone and everyone who walked through the door with a smiling face. One member who stuck out to me was an older gentleman named Frank.

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Swimming with the Stars

One of the first times I felt truly discouraged teaching swim lessons was with a shy, timid little girl. Surprisingly, there were no behavioral challenges – she was sweet and smart, and really not a handful. I had dealt with kids far worse than her, and always came out on top; the kids would have a great time, behavior issues would be gone or at least minimized, and I always felt so invigorated by the work I did.

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Positive Relationships and Good Communication

Hidden behind Washington State Senate’s podium, my knees shook as the words began to spill out of my mouth. I had been waiting for this moment for four years, and there I stood reciting a speech I had practice thousands of times. Youth lieutenant governor, the person who presides over the Senate, was the position I had wanted to run for, for the longest time.

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Diverse Cultures, Backgrounds, and Perspectives

The Y has always championed diversity and inclusion of people from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds. Just look at the YMCA International Services in Houston or the International Services in New York City. When newcomers to America arrive with hopes and dreams, they often bring with them an array of cultures, languages, demographic traits, and more.

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Campus Life: Best College Leaders

Earlier this year, I was packing my bags to head down to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2015 Campus YMCA Partners (CYP) Conference. As an AmeriCorps member placed at Y-USA through the Public Allies Chicago Program, I was able to attend the conference because I am in the Training and Leadership Development/Talent Management Department that has helped to coordinate Campus YMCA’s in the past.

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Generation C

You're under the age of 35 and - let's face it - it seems like every one wants to give you advice on how to live your life. While that's cool (and often most welcome), others should know it's a two-way street. There's a lot to be learned from Gens Y & Z (But who wants to put a label on age anyway? We're all connected in some way or another in the digital age*, which makes all of us of all ages Gen C, if you think about it). So, for all the generations out there, here's some advice that all of us can use no matter what age you are. 

* But what isn't digital anymore?

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Diversity, Inclusion & Global Learning

Many of you will visit our site and jump right over to the career section looking for a job this summer. While that's okay, just know that thinking about or even working at the Y comes with much more responsibility, especially if you're an emerging leader who truly cares about your global community. 

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This Week in Runners

Fresh Advice on Warm Weather Running and Summer Workouts

It's officially summer, and running bloggers have tips on adjusting to the warm weather, beach running, fartleks, alternative workouts for injured runners and beating burnout. There's also a guide to the results of the NCAA Championships.

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This Week in Moms

Preparing your Child for Day Camp

You’ve tirelessly researched why camp matters and you found the perfect one for your child (probably at the Y *wink, wink*), now proud mama, camp season has arrived and it’s game time. Going to camp for the first time can be exciting, but also a little nerve-wracking. Here are a few helpful pointers to help you prepare your kids in having the best summer ever!

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When the Going Gets Tough

I was warned about this, but that doesn’t make the reality any easier to swallow. The only certainty of motherhood is that there will always be uncertainty. I’ve recently experienced a rude awakening after a blissful 2 month period of uninterrupted sleep. My 13-month-old is now waking up 3 times a night. Yup, you read that right. 3 times. She’s regressed to being a newborn again and frankly, I can’t deal.

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The Lessons You Leave Behind

I was watching an episode of Real Sports as I worked on my laptop yesterday morning, and I unintentionally got a lesson on parenting. One segment was about Erik Weihenmayer the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

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