You just crammed for an all-nighter before a big test tomorrow. Maybe it's Sunday night, and you're lying in bed wide awake at 3 in the morning when your alarm for work's going to go off at 7. Or perhaps you just stepped off a plane and no matter how you adjusted the head rest or your neck pillow, you still couldn't get more than two hours of shut eye. Just how much sleep do we need to be productive and lead a well-rested life? 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
When asked the question, “What do you do at the Y?” we all should try to think beyond the tasks and day to day activities and say, “I am a cause-driven leader who helps to change lives and strengthen my community and that's a great feeling.” It doesn’t matter what tasks we have, we are all doing something as part of the greater good for the movement as a whole and we each are here because of our passion for the work. more
Camps are where future leaders are born. Here's what's going on around the country in the Twitterverse. 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
You don't have to be a Nobel Peace prize winner to wake up and make a difference every day. Some times it's the little things that count. 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
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
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.