Parenting is the hardest job around. Most parents would agree that this is a true statement. As a parent of four, I find it to be the hardest yet most fascinating position I have ever held. A typical parenting challenge can be anything from potty training to understanding teen behavior, however one very common daily challenge is one that parents and nonparents, alike, can agree they often agonize over … what do we eat for dinner? more
We recently followed Sabrina's story about education and leadership, showcasing her Youth and Government™ experience. She's in good company. Check out these other young leaders who are making their way to Sacramento every year to put forth their ideas and getting people to listen to them. more
It starts with you. more
Ever thought of joining the circus? Brennan Mejia did and found out there was more than just putting on a show. Check out his leadership in the ring. more
Millennials: you are craving an opportunity for mentoring. No kidding, here's the article that says so. And not only just mentoring, but the kind that creates genuine relationships, tangible wisdom, and an experience that will benefit you in the long run. For David, having a mentor meant getting through high school and, now, fulfilling his dream of becoming an airline pilot. Think about this? How far would you fly without a mentor in your life?
"When we think about what people get out of their Y experience, the first thing that comes to most minds is probably the physical health and well-being benefits. It’s important not to forget the less obvious benefits though: The benefit of belonging to a community…a family." more
It started in Seattle.
A group of teens wanted to create awareness about the environment, so teamed up with their local Y to host a conference. Their goals were simple: clean up a park, pick up litter off the streets, prevent landfills from becoming overwasted, and planting a few trees along the way. more
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
Also, true: we've had an entire summer full of young leaders who spoke up and could be heard from across the country through the Y's blog. Here's a recap of our guest bloggers raising their voices and making their mark from teaching kids how to read to starting up summer food programs to giving career advice. Thank you, bloggers! more