Not all heroes wear capes: Why Child Protection is everyone’s business

Posted in Social Impact, Childcare

Today, the YMCA are proud supporters of Child Protection Week 2018. Head to https://childprotectionweek.org.au/ and check out the amazing resources available to support organisations and the community dedicated to keeping children safe.

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How Validation and Positive Language Affects Children

Posted in Childcare

Research shows that consistent positive or consistent negative experiences create neural pathways in developing brains that teach children how to feel about themselves, and what to expect from those around them. Here's how positive reframes and validating statements can change the way your children think. 

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Volunteering at YMCA - Elena's Impact

Posted in Social Impact, Youth Programs

You may recognise this face as an educator at our OSHC, but did you know she also volunteers as a Research and Evaluation Officer on our Social Impact team? Brisbane, meet Elena – a Psychology and Public Policy Major, and a young person making a difference.

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Where Young Musicians Network - Kelly Talks "The Space"

Posted in Youth Programs, Community

You may recognise this face if you’ve ever visited our Youth Space and Vocational School, "The Space" North Lakes. Brisbane, meet Kelly. Receptionist, band member, and now game designer - Kelly has insight to share on the importance of all-ages music venues in Brisbane's hard-core scene.

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Learning outdoors - how camping teaches kids resilience

Posted in Camping

You've heard the saying "the world is your oyster". We say the world is your classroom! Here's how camping can help your kids learn and grow in a world where 'smart' and 'smart phone' can feel like one and the same.

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