For decades, the Y has been known as a “gym and swim”; a place where families can come to participate in group sports, take swimming lessons, and get in shape. While the Y remains the nation’s leader in quality programs for healthy living, we have expanded over the years to include several programs and classes for the arts and humanities. Studies show that exercising the mind can be just as important as exercising the body. The Y recognizes the importance of arts education in the United States and provides a variety of ways for individuals and families to grow their creativity.
As a Youth and Government™ participant, you have an opportunity to lend your voice to the Y’s national blog, This Week in Young Leaders. Whether you’re exploring ideas such as education, leadership, volunteerism, advocacy, global services, and other issues related to social responsibility, we want you to build upon your sense of civic engagement through our online community. While the premise is simple, the benefits are many.
Mentors are there to give you sage advice, but would you believe the dialogue's a two-way street? Here are some quick tips to get the most out of the dynamic between you and your mentor experience.
What do you stand up for?
During a camp training discussion on bullying, a role model of mine, Megan, described standing up to bullies as the action of a standing ovation. Depending on who you are, there are different ways that you can be a part of this standing ovation. You could be the one standing on stage receiving this standing ovation. You could be the one who was so overwhelmed with what you just saw that you immediately stood up and started the standing ovation. You could also be one who stood up when you saw the reaction of the rest in the crowd.
This President's Day, we thought we'd inspire you with a few quotes. But who said what?
What is advocacy? And where do you fit in?
It's about lending your voice to support a cause. But not just any cause. How about strengthening communities, nurturing the potential of kids, improving your neighbor's health, and giving back to your community? Sound familiar?
A camper for life gives his perspective on why summer programs bring so much positive change to our youth.
Young leaders are synonymous with cause-driven volunteers. It might get you into a school you want, look good on a resume, or help out your career in some way, but here are some benefits that might surprise you.
So, you want to rally your classmates or workplace peers about ramping up a local food bank or conserving the Earth's resources but don't know quite how to get the conversation going without stirring things up and keeping emotions from running rampant. As a young leader, you have a chance to set a genuine but respectful tone that not only welcomes honsest dialogue, but also promotes a healthy approach to making a change in your community. Here are few suggestions to get others to engage in meaningful chats with outcomes that might even take you by surprise.
Note: I know, it's winter, and brrr is it cold! But we'll be thinking of the great outdoors sooner than you think! So, gather your thoughts before you start gathering in green spaces this spring.