I’ve been thinking about secondary trauma (sometimes called vicarious trauma or indirect trauma) and the nonprofit sector lately. Those of us enmeshed in the work of healing a wounded world are constantly exposed to images, stories, and descriptions of violence. Whether it’s against an individual or an entire people, we know the depth and degree of evils in the world many people actively avoid confronting. Our jobs require that we engage with violence against others and the Earth.
The ah-ha moment I had while reading Judith Herman’s classic book Trauma and Recovery is a moment I’ll never forget. There is a part where she asserts there are three parties involved in an act of violence: the perpetrator, the victim, and the witness. Most of us are familiar with the roles of the perpetrator and the victim, but few have heard of the witness. The witness does not have to be present at the time of the violent act, and they don’t have to know the victim personally. They can hear an account of violence, see a video documenting it, read a story or report, or see photographs. There are many ways to be a witness.Read more
We know it’s nearly impossible to get to know all the young professionals in our vast network, which is why we shine the spotlight on one person who is making an especially significant impact in their field. Hearing other people’s experiences and perspectives gives us a chance to learn, grow, and shape the nonprofit sector of tomorrow.
In that spirit, we introduce to you Tyrai Ross, Metro Program Manager at Reading and Math Inc. and winner of the 2016 Catalytic Leader Award, presented by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Tyrai and her colleagues work with schools, school districts, and nonprofits to train and place AmeriCorps fellows where they’re needed most. They bring research-based math and reading strategies for pre-K to 8th grade students. Disadvantaged adults can get training, credentialing, and education to help them in their quest for a living wage job.
Life in the nonprofit sector is challenging. The pay is often low, the challenges are high, and burnout is a real and serious concern. Many people come to YNPN looking for insight about how to succeed in this challenging field. Proactive workers looking for ways to excel can have an especially difficult time accepting that they don’t have total control over their own destiny in an organization. The reality is that your boss or supervisor holds the keys to a prosperous or painful path, and they need to want you to succeed if you’re to shine.
As the person who dictates your duties, evaluates your performance, and has the final say on whether to pursue the ideas and projects you propose, your boss is a critical figure in your professional life. It benefits you to do what you can to encourage a positive relationship. But sometimes it can feel like you’re on different teams, despite both of you working for the same organization with the same mission.Read more
The schedule said the speaking event started at 5:30. I had a class at 6:30. If I left a little early, I could catch most of the panel on generational interaction in the workplace. I showed up a little before 5:30 and was ready to go.
But 5:30 rolled around, and it didn’t look like things were going to start anytime soon. 5:35 comes and goes and people are milling around, chatting and networking. I asked one of the people working the welcome table when the panel would start.Read more
YNPN Twin Cities is full of incredible people doing incredible things. As a member, you have the opportunity to network and know people you may never otherwise had the chance to connect with. Our Member Spotlight series gives center stage to one of our own and the rest of us a chance to congratulate ourselves on joining a group with such talent. As always, if you have someone you’d like to nominate, let us know!
This month’s spotlight shines on Mallory Mitchell, development and events manager at the Ann Bancroft Foundation. Their mission is to create a world where every girl has the chance to live her dream and reach her full potential. They provide grants to girls ages 5 through high school graduation to realize a dream, encourage and support programs with girls’ organizations, and form strategic partnerships with corporations to meet these goals.Read more
There are so many incredible people in YNPN doing the mind-blowing world-changing work and with such a large and active member base, we know it’s not easy to meet everyone in the group. Heck, if anyone DOES know every single person in the group, let us know and we will have arts and crafts time to make an award just for you!
The YNPN Twin Cities Member Spotlight is intended to champion people in the group, highlight the work they do, and help create more connections between members. If you have a nomination for someone for the Spotlight, let us know.
This month we’re shining the light on Amanda “Cash” Cashman, Co-Executive Director of Students Today, Leaders Forever (STLF). STLF works with middle school, high school, and college students through service, relationships, and actions to strengthen leadership and energize generations of servant leaders.Read more