This Week in Young Leaders

Get Animated!

Some of our young leaders start off at the Y in afterschool programs, camp, and kicking around a soccer ball or taking a dive in the pool. For Seth Reid, the Y experience started to make sense to to him when he joined up for the annual junior assembly in Tampa as a middle school student. Fast forward to college, Seth's now making a difference on campus as a freshman...

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Education and leadership are essential to creating a successful path for our future luminaries. Take for instance Sabrina or Seth, both alumni of the Youth and Government™ program, who developed their leadership skills during high school and now taking engagement to the next level in college. Like them, high school freshman, Riley, is well on his way of making his mark in this world too. 

But leadership takes all sorts of shapes and forms. 

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The Importance of Sleeping Under the Stars

For one night every two weeks, each cabin group adventures out into the woods with their sleeping bags and food in hand to spend a night in the great outdoors. As a camp counselor, I loved nothing more than putting my backpack on and leading my campers along the trail knowing that soon we would be cooking over an open fire, telling stories, and finally falling asleep under the stars.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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