One of the first times I felt truly discouraged teaching swim lessons was with a shy, timid little girl. Surprisingly, there were no behavioral challenges – she was sweet and smart, and really not a handful. I had dealt with kids far worse than her, and always came out on top; the kids would have a great time, behavior issues would be gone or at least minimized, and I always felt so invigorated by the work I did.
Hidden behind Washington State Senate’s podium, my knees shook as the words began to spill out of my mouth. I had been waiting for this moment for four years, and there I stood reciting a speech I had practice thousands of times. Youth lieutenant governor, the person who presides over the Senate, was the position I had wanted to run for, for the longest time.
Earlier this year, I was packing my bags to head down to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the 2015 Campus YMCA Partners (CYP) Conference. As an AmeriCorps member placed at Y-USA through the Public Allies Chicago Program, I was able to attend the conference because I am in the Training and Leadership Development/Talent Management Department that has helped to coordinate Campus YMCA’s in the past.
You're under the age of 35 and - let's face it - it seems like every one wants to give you advice on how to live your life. While that's cool (and often most welcome), others should know it's a two-way street. There's a lot to be learned from Gens Y & Z (But who wants to put a label on age anyway? We're all connected in some way or another in the digital age*, which makes all of us of all ages Gen C, if you think about it). So, for all the generations out there, here's some advice that all of us can use no matter what age you are.
* But what isn't digital anymore?
Many of you will visit our site and jump right over to the career section looking for a job this summer. While that's okay, just know that thinking about or even working at the Y comes with much more responsibility, especially if you're an emerging leader who truly cares about your global community.
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It seems like young leaders are pretty much synonymous with the idea of diversity and inclusion. So, for Asian Pacific-American History Month, here are 5 things that should be on your mind lately.
My is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Check in with one of our young leaders and guest bloggers, Kong Chang, to find out his thoughts on the mentor-mentee relationship.
These are just a few young leaders who are more than who they say they are: they're the latest round of guest bloggers who are sharing their ideas about education, leadership, volunteerism, social responsibility, and more. Do you want to be a guest blogger like them and share what's on your mind?