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Necessity, the Mother of Invention

I have hippy tendencies that bob to the surface but are usually whack-a-moled by my competing love of convenience. Communal living tiny houses (now with movement status), minimal personal hygiene (this one gets tempered pretty quickly by The Spouse and lingering looks from strangers), and a macrobiotic diet have all been suppressed for now. more more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, parent, Parents, parenting, youth, youth development, baby, babies, child, Children, Kid, Kids, teen, teens, Family, families, Community, communities, the y, YMCA

View from the Top

This past summer, young leaders from all around the world gathered at the YMCA Europe Youth Festival in Prague. One of the main attractions was a giant tree house where everyone gathered to hang out, exchange ideas, and - for some lucky folks - camp out for the night thirty feet above the ground. Throughout the festival, the buzz about this clubhouse in the sky was that it was not only a great place to create a community in the treetops but also a good place to relax, unwind, and meditate. While the tree house in the Czech Republic has come and gone, here are a few other places around the world worth checking out.  more

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, youth, teens, college, young leaders, Leadership, Education, global education, international, Travel, leisure, Relaxation, well-being, tree house, Costa Rica, India, Sweden, France, South Africa, Prague, Czech Republic, meditation, the y, YMCA

It’s So Hard to Say I'm Sorry

It’s so simple yet so easy to mess up (and then you’ll need to apologize for your apology!). Here's some advice on the power of saying "I'm Sorry" and how you can help your kids learn the value of caring and strong character. 

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What Does Multiculturalism Mean to You?

Multiculturalism might look different depending on what city you live in, where you go to school, or where you work. Regardless of how we describe multiculturalism, our communities across the nation are, thankfully, made up of people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. more

Tags: youth, Leaders, Leadership, college, teens, mentoring, Community, communities, diversity, multiculturalism, tolerance, neighbors

After Work Tips for Dinner

Unless you're a professional chef or work in the back of a restaurant, it may be quite near impossible to separate your hectic schedule at work from the bustle in the kitchen. For many working moms, there's little time (or energy) to cook up a storm once you walk in the front door. more

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Passion, Relationships, Expertise

A recent article from the Case Foundation suggests that young leaders today are motived to be cause-driven members of the community by three top factors: "passion, meeting people, and enhancing their expertise." What does this mean for the Millennials who are just joining or are already members of the Y? more

Tags: youth, Leaders, Education, mentoring, mentors, teens, Millennials, programs, Community, communities, Leadership, achievers, achievement, passion, relationships, expertise, youth and government, clubs, social, Twitter, social media

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