A few years ago, Dany Sok was just an everyday high school student looking to find out more about the world around her through civic engagement and democratic issues. To become an outstanding young leader, nothing got her in way - not even a brief period of homelessness when she turned to the Y's Youth and Government™ program for a little light in her life. Here's what this Washington state resident's been up to since she last told her story and why she's on the up and up! more
This Sunday, we're highlighting another emerging leader, Stephanie Romero, and why she thinks exploring career opportunities at the Y has helped her not only make friends for life, but also a place to grow as a young individual, personally and professionally. This is her Y. Her words. Her story. more
I have previously written about how hard it is to make mom friends, but reading this blog post made me relive how lonely being a mom can be. When I was preparing to become a mom, I was warned about many things, but soul-crushing loneliness was not one of them. more
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
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
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
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
"I learned teamwork is more than just a cliché coaches use to motivate players."
The word itself is very simple, but it can mean much more. Among many adjectives, a boss is a leader and a decision maker, but have you ever thought of yourself as a protector and a coach? more
It struck me during orientation how well prepared camp counselors are to enter the workforce. In just one week, camp counselors learn professionalism, collaboration, and responsibility. This personal and professional development does not happen in a strictly academic setting. more