Living in the Moment – a travel memoir

Distancing oneself from social media is very important at times. People are so often caught up in something online that it takes away from experiences in nature. During a trip in the summer of 2017, I learned that being present with others and with nature is a big part of one’s happiness.   My dad,

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Random Acts of Kindness – small and local

Between extracurricular activities and managing school work, finding time to volunteer can be difficult. In many communities, small non-profit organizations exist in the crevices of buildings. In my community, Ben’s Bells is the small shop on the top of a hill, tucked away in the rear of a commercial complex. Ben’s Bells mission is to

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The Importance of Volunteering Abroad

Traveling abroad is an amazing experience to have, especially getting to volunteer abroad as a teenager. Traveling is an amazing way to open up your perspective and get out of your safety bubble. Volunteering abroad is the perfect way to be immersed in a different country’s culture and traditions. Traveling as a teenager is a

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Inclusion and Equity with Youth Leader, Connor Lang

The following question was presented by Chad Nico Hui, Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the YMCA of the USA. What do you consider to be the biggest opportunity and challenge in being a catalyst for inclusion and equity in your role as a youth leader? As a global citizen? I think the biggest opportunity

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YVC of Philadelphia: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Natural disasters are often overlooked by those who were not directly affected by it. We may hear about them on the media for a few weeks; but eventually, our media refocuses on more current events. The short attention span of our social/news media nowadays does not nearly make up for the families’ recovery time of

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