This Week in Young Leaders

Running and Leadership

If you asked me when I was a kid if I liked to run I would have said no way! To make a long story short, I have since fallen in love with running. This past May, I was blessed to finish the Chase Corporate Challenge in 22:15, a personal record. However, I did not run the race to achieve a personal best, I ran it in memory of my grandpa.

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Make the World Dance

A very wise president, Kid President, once said, “It’s everyone’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.”

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Smartphones: A Social Apocalypse?

It’s a sunny, cool day. After a grueling vertical climb, an eleven-year-old finally reaches the top of the rock wall and rings the bell proudly. I cheer. The group’s teacher cheers. I look over my shoulder at the other students on the ground, who are strangely silent, and find them huddled around cell phones.

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Achieving Your Dreams at The Y

There is an immense pressure from the world to know what you want to be when you “grow up”. I remember being that college freshman scrambling to choose a major. Boy was it tough! I ended up taking the list of majors and marking off what I DIDN’T want to do.

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What is your greatness doing today?

This past spring I found myself in a familiar position – getting ready for a no-hold barred game of Ultimate Frisbee at the state of Florida’s “Leaders Rally.” The twice-a-year gathering of teen leaders in Y programs is known for character development (which of course has to include Ultimate, right?)

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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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This Week in Moms

What We Leave Behind

It may be too late to undo damage that’s already been done, but if we want to raise children who respect the environment, we have to teach them how to care for Mother Nature.

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Hungry Mommy

Being a mom often means constant distractions and jumping from task to task while some basic needs fall through the cracks. I spend a large part of my day making sure my little lady gets all of her meals on time, but I often forget to feed myself.

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Sugar Trap

I’m not sure if most moms can relate, but when feeding a toddler, sometimes convenience wins out over nutrition. At home, I make all of my daughter’s meals so I am able to control her sugar intake. But when we're out and about that’s another story.

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Pack Light

I have two days left until my big cross-country flight with a toddler. I’ve created the lofty goal for myself to pack everything we need in one carry-on suitcase. Maybe I’m deluding myself, but I haven’t checked a bag in over three years and I’d like to keep my streak going! I’ve created my strategy to make sure everything fits and I’d like to share a few helpful tips if you’re a mom who wants to pack light with a toddler.

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