The YMCA of the USA recently named Kevin Washington as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Welcoming a new leader is something most people in the work force are familiar with and have witnessed at least once. For the Y in particular, what traits and characteristics do you think an individual needs to lead our organization? Whethere you're a member, a volunteer, donor, or staff person, what does it take to be a leader in the 21st century?
More than just a ballerina. Life after dancing. Through the Youth & Government™ program, see how Haley stepped it up to help expand the thinking of her generation. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. more
You have a voice. And so does Sean. This is his Y. His words. His story.
Several weeks ago while sitting at the dining room table eating my oatmeal breakfast I noticed a dry oat slowly moving across the kitchen floor. Intrigued by the magically moving oat I got down on my hands and knees to offer a closer inspection only to find that this mysterious oat was being carried by a very small and very strong ant. My usual inclination would be to assist this ant in transitioning to the here after but warding off my temptation to help was the great lesson the ant was teaching me about who we need to be in community in order to see change in our community. more
Screen-addicted Millennials? Not so fast. There's been talk that Americans, say between 16 and 35, are just as likely to visit the library than download the latest e-book. Let's face it, institutions like libraries are having to reinvent their concepts and appeal to the visitors in new ways. more
This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Tim's trip. His words. His story. more
You have a voice. And so does Nicole. This is her Y. Her words. Her story.
One of my passions in life is working with youth, helping them to embrace diversity and discover their own potential. I get to follow this passion by leading the Minority Achievers’ Program (MAP) at my local Y. As a bilingual, bicultural Latina and first generation college graduate, I have a deep and personal connection to the MAP mission, serving students of color and immigrant youth. more
Captain of Moonshots. Godmother of Wishes. These are just a few people you could be working with in the near future. If you believe rethinking your moniker on the job is pushing creativity to the max, then what do you think about these inventive titles? more
This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Nate's trip. His words. His story.
This past summer, I was selected, along with ten other teens, to travel to Uruguay as a part of a leadership program with my YMCA camp, Camp Becket-Chimney Corners. more
Adi is an avid blogger and podcaster. Discover how he created a podcast especially to echo the good work being done across the Y Movement. more
We're only 14 years in, but let's not let that hold us back from defining what it takes to be a great leader in the 21st Century. Some say you have to be bold, stand and deliver, and bring out the best in everyone. Others make the case that it's being an optimist, fun and jovial to be around, and able to liven up any situation when things are looking down. more