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We'd Be MIA Without You 2 Event Recap

main.jpgYNPN-TC held their second annual Volunteer & Member Appreciation event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on April 3rd. The evening was a dedication to all of the amazing people who make YNPN-TC the fantastic organization that it is, and also used as a way to let people get to know our mission, vision and values a little better.

The event started out pitting our committees of Membership & Communications against Programming & Governance to see who knew our mission, vision and values the best – Family Feud style.

Membership and Communications won by a landslide (sorry ProComm and GovComm!). Both teams did a great job though, the questions weren’t easy. Do you know YNPN-TC’s mission, vision and values?

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Call for Volunteers!

Looking to ramp up your YNPN-TC engagement? There’s always a volunteer role ready and waiting for YOU! Check out current opportunities:

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Making the Most of a Lackluster Seminar

main2.jpgWe’ve all been there. You sign up for an info session at a conference or an event with a presentation that sounds intriguing and potentially groundbreaking. You sit down for the session, pen in hand, ready to take notes. Throughout the entire session you wait for something noteworthy – something so insightful you just have to tweet it, write it down, and take it back to the office to share with your colleagues or impress your boss. You wait, and you wait, and nothing. Turns out the session isn’t what you thought it would be. The information doesn’t apply to your organization or your job, or it covers information you’ve already heard a million times (social media 101, anyone??).

Recently I attended an event that left me feeling this way. So now what? Did I just waste an hour or two of my time? 

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2014 YNPN-TC Survey Recap

As a member-based organization, feedback from our members on how we’re running YNPN Twin Cities is vital to the success of the organization. Recently, we sent out our annual member survey, and respondents told us what we’re doing well and what we can do to bring more value to you, our members.

Here are 5 key things you had to say this year:

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Invite the World to Dinner

A few weeks ago, strangers invited me into their home for dinner, and it completely changed how I understand community building.

In the nonprofit sector, we spend a lot of time discussing community building. We discuss everything from how to do it, to best practices, authenticity, intentionality, network-mapping, and lots of other jargon. 

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Get me Storyifed: Looking back at We'd Be MIA Without You!

On April 24, YNPN Twin Cities held We’d Be MIA Without You, our first-ever member and volunteer appreciation event, graciously hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

We created the event to educate our membership about what goes into making YNPN-TC the great organization that it is and to recognize the individuals that make it great. YNPN-TC is a 100% volunteer-run organization, so we really would be MIA without our active members and volunteers!

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Networking Without Borders

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Do you remember those kids in school that just seemed to get along with everyone? Those kids that could hop from lunch table to lunch table and always had the crowd in front of them excited by their presence? How did they have the confidence to put themselves out there without fear or self-doubt?

Networking can be especially difficult. Regardless of what sector you work in, you are likely to encounter some networking possibilities that are outside your comfort zone. And even though it’ll be awkward at first, putting time and energy into networking within diverse communities bridges us together and creates many more opportunities for everyone. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.

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Minneapolis-Saint Paul vision and the role of young professional groups: Reflections from the Generation Now Leadership Visit (Part 2)

Generation NowWhat does it look like when tens of thousands of young professionals mobilize around a city’s common vision? Just look at Milwaukee.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the value of cross sector, cross industry networking as a part of the Generation Now Leadership Visit. The trip brought over 50 emerging and current leaders from across sectors and industries to Milwaukee for a three-day networking trip.  

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Value of cross-sector, cross-industry networking: Reflections from the Generation Now Leadership Visit

Generation NowAt events, I often look around the room and recognize 75 percent of the attendees.

Each of us across sectors and industries work in our own cylinders of excellence (a phrase I first heard from researcher Kristie Kauerz). We promote impactful work, but often preach to our distinct choirs. Rarely there is a venue to genuinely engage with peers doing vastly different work. But when it happens, it turns out we have a lot in common.

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The perks of being a wallflower: Networking solo

main.jpgI moved to the Twin Cities a little over a year ago to be closer to my (then) shiny new job, to be able to make more friends and live the exciting life in the Big City. I had a huge list of all the things I was going to see and do once I moved into my new apartment in Minneapolis: I was going to try all the awesome restaurants! I was going to visit all the museums! I was going to be a regular in downtown!

...Except I’m super shy and sort of terrified of going to new places by myself. I didn’t have any friends that lived in the Cities, so if I wanted to go anywhere I’d have to go alone, or wait for a friend to be available to drive and see me. What’s an introvert to do?

Enter the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.

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