This Week in Young Leaders

World Sight Day: A Member's Story

World Sight Day focuses global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Did you know that more than 280 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness? While the goal is to create awareness to prevent this condition, it's often a disability many people have to live with long-term. Today, we want to share a story about one of our volunteers at the Y, Jeff, who's not letting his lack of vision slow him down from giving back to the community.  more

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Leadership that Starts at Home

You have a voice. So does Ana. This is her Y. Her words. Her story. 

When we picture leaders, we tend to imagine them in politics or in the business setting, maybe in the schools or at universities or in the sports fields… But do we ever think of the home as a place that needs leaders as well?  more

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What Do You Look for in a New Leader?

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?




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Being Community

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

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The Book on Youth

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

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Where Anybody from Any Culture, Any Country, Can Come and Be Welcomed

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

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Should we be allowed to choose our own titles?

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

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Making a Difference in Uruguay Pt. 3: Nate

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

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