Here are some words that are pretty synonymous with 'leader': pioneer, trailblazer, front runner, luminary, and torch bearer. As we step forward into 2015, we challenge you to give meaning to this word by sharing your voice, becoming a volunteer guest blogger, helping to create a community both on and offline, and inspiring hundreds and thousands of other young folks across the country to make a difference in this world that matters. more
They all had something to contribute this past year - and while all of our guest bloggers (over 30 of you!!) had something important (and amazing) to say - here are ten young leaders who got the conversation going and had so many of our readers engaged in 2014. more
In 2014, we lost many inspirational figures worldwide including Olympian Louis Zamperini, Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and childhood star Shirley Temple. But perhaps one individual that stood out and is beloved by many is none other than Maya Angelou. As we head into 2015, here are some quotes of hope and determination that might mean something to you as a young and upcoming leader. more
We're counting them down... here are this year's Top 10 Video Storytellers of the Year! more
So, if you're into Christmas trees (or holiday trees in general), these are some really great ideas for cool alternatives. But there's one tree in particular, that I think might not only celebrate the spirit of the giving season, but also social responsibility too. more
While I have only been privileged to be part of the YMCA of the USA family less than 6 months thus far, I know first-hand how local organizations such as the Y can play a vital role in the development of communities in 119 countries, such as those in Haiti. Recently, I returned from my fourth trip to Haiti. more
When I think about the Y and just a few words that remind me of its members and volunteers, it's kindness. Last night, a few young leaders and I showed up at the Lakeview YMCA in Chicago to help celebrate the holidays, mingle with, and break bread with a few residents, some who might not have a permamen home to call their own. more
The Viewsters Online Film Festival will be announcing their winners for filmmakers who submitted entries revolving around the environment, human rights, public health, politics, social justice and more. The recipients will get to donate a portion of the $100,000 prize money to the charity of their choice.
Young leaders, just wondering if any of you knew that the Y is a charitable organization worthy of all these issues related to social responsibility. more
Have you heard about a country called Sierra Leone? It’s a small country in Africa that the Missoula Family YMCA is working to help. more
Jarod Walls runs the Aquatics Department, oversees the Arts & Humanities Department, and assists in daily operations at the Coffman Family YMCA, part of the YMCA of Greater Dayton. He wants to share with you his take on what it means to be a young leader in the world today.