Denise knows her son, Riley, may not grow up to be a star basketball player, but she's pretty proud of him as a great debater. In fact, she loves the Youth and Goverment™ program so much that she has these glowing words to say, even if she's not looking forward to every aspect of raising a teen. 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 Danny's trip. His words. His story.
On one cold August morning, my fellow campers and I woke up and drove from the YMCA in Montevideo, Uruguay to the neighborhood La Cachimba, which is just outside of the city. La Cachimba is one of the neighborhoods of Plan Juntos, a plan to revitalize and build housing in neighborhoods across the country. more
Rebecca has lots to be proud of her son, Avery, but nothing makes us happier when we see kids growing and thriving during science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities at Ys across the country. This is her son's Y. His camera. His story. more
Meet Zach: Archer. Water Skier. Sail Boater. Horseback Rider. Find out why there's so much more to camping than just a fun place for summer activities. This is his Y. His camera. His story. more
Youth In Government™ is by far my best high school experience. Many people do not know how to deal with conflicts; they sometimes yell at each other. But at Youth in Government™, I learned that no matter how blatantly different two opinions are, there is always a way to discuss it in an organized and peaceful manner. more
One year ago this week, hundreds of youth from around the world attended the YMCA Europe Youth Festival in Prague. Let's take a moment to catch up and see what everyone's favorite moments were from this global event. more
Riley is a young governor with a healthy sense of humor and the motivation to "do more, be more." Dany believes that calling the Y her second home isn't just a saying. Amy's showing us a whole new side of leadership through the lens of her camera. And Seth may get nervous talking in front of hundreds of people, but he gets the job done. All four young leaders come from different corners of the country, but they have one thing in common: Youth and Government™.
These are their stories.
One of the most impactful lessons that I have learned as a young leader is; you are never done learning. There have been many influential leaders in the world that have advice for young leaders like me. Here are some quotes that I have around my office and house that inspire me to continue learning and growing as a leader everyday: more
Kushuna wants you to share your voice... and here's why. This is her Y, her words, her and her story. more
Amy's advice: "To be a good photographer, you have to be aware of your surroundings." Find out why this young leader sees the beauty all around her. This is her Y. Her camera. Her Story. more