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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Employees from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi recently spent a day in downtown Memphis, learning what it takes to have meaningful careers with YMCA.

"The folks who are here now have something to strive for, will achieve excellent careers and really will impact their community," Freddie said.

EMLE, or Emerging Multi-Cultural Leadership Experience, focused on getting minorities to choose careers and not just part-time jobs with the Y. That's particularly important since many Y employees live in the communities where they work.

"You run it from a different set of eyes when you're from the communities you're serving you run it really effectively," Cynthia said.

Julia Winston works for the YMCA in Oxford. She's exploring ways to recruit and work with other minorities.

"What does that mean for cultures besides mine?" she asked. "How do I connect with other cultures in a networking fashion?"

EMLE is designed to get minority staff members connected to and engaged in the Y movement. There's also mentoring so employees can meet people who can help them chart their course to a meaningful career serving their community.

"Where they are, where they want to be, what it's going to take to get there, how many moves will it make."

Eight hundred Y employees attended the conference. This is the first year EMLE was held in Memphis, and organizers are looking to make it an annual event.

"If you want leaders to be able to deliver on the mission of strengthening communities they have to be prepared."

The Y is working to create a network of healthy corner stores. There are diabetes prevention programs, and the Y is helping to try to end food deserts. It's meaningful work that most people don't know is happening at the YMCA.

"Whether they do end up choosing the Y as their career or not, we know that because of this day with us, they'll be better prepared for any career."

And that's part of the YMCA's commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


  • disop

    This is laughable; and that’s why there has been a long history of worker bees who have zero experience in working for themselves. Young children grow up in public schools learning how to take instruction, so they can be subordinate to the “boss” aka master on the job. The JOB is a master-slave relationship. Society thinks it’s too good for students to learn critical thinking, so they can become entrepreneurs or go to a trade school. This is the very reason why government agents aka teachers in grade school ask students “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “You can be a doctor or an attorney.” Parents tell their daughters that they should marry a man that is a doctor or an attorney, because they have a lot of wealth. And the medical and legal professions are two of the most corrupt professions that exist.

    Also, parents, who are just as brainwashed as the gov’t agents, force their children out the home and into college at age 18, not caring what their children(s) passions are, because they want to feel proud that their children are following the status quo. What if a child doesn’t want to go to college? He/she goes to college and later become miserable, since they figured that they shouldn’t be there in the first place. Next thing you know, they dropout and follow their own script.

    Why should people turn their JOB into a long-term career just so they can collect retirement in their 60s? I don’t understand why people are so proud of being an subordinate slave for 10, 20, 30, 40 years when they retire. What have retirees really accomplished? Did they work for themselves on the side while maintaining that job, or did they believe in “job security” so much that they help continue steering the ship w/o self-employment experience? That’s quite an unfulfilled life. It’s quite sad that when people retire, retirees are too burnt out to expand their education by traveling the world and enjoying themselves, and really can’t do so because of health issues and living on fixed income, which is less than their previous salary. I’m not saying all retirees are in this situation, but many are. Retirees or no one else should have to retire later in life in order to enjoy life. I understand that for some people, their job is their passion, but why crush your soul for 20-40 yrs doing for someone else w/o another “egg” in the basket?

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