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Maximize your YNPN-TC membership: How to create connections and change at a national level

Joining YNPN Twin Cities was the easiest thing I did upon moving to Minnesota a few years ago. After months of planning and orchestrating a cross-country move, I crossed off my top professional networking task simply by filling out a super short form and clicking a sign up button – no dues, no back and forth.

Within weeks of joining, I was at my first YNPN-TC event and plugging into a network which has since helped me make important professional connections, build professional skills, and be a part of a meaningful space for questions and conversations on how we can shape the nonprofit sector from within.

I knew there were other YNPN chapters across the country, and that there was an overarching YNPN national organization as well, but never quite knew how it all worked together. 

In the time since, I’ve joined the YNPN-TC board and in my current role as National Liaison, I am passionate about helping our local YNPN members take advantage of being part of our national network as well!

Below, I’ve listed five ways I’ve learned to plug into the YNPN landscape beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes:

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Take Time to Read the NPQ & YNPN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Reader

Some of you may remember a call last year by Nonprofit Quarterly and YNPN National to contribute articles to their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion reader. Throughout 2016, they’ve been publishing these incredible articles from young professionals, ranging from topics of representation in volunteer groups to doulas to looking at the structure of evaluation to supporting the ever mythical nonprofit unicorn: executive directors of color. You may ever recognize some of the authors - Al Heartly gave a dynamic presentation at 2016’s Five Minutes in Hell.

So read some articles, share with your coworkers, and let these thoughtful perspectives sink into your daily work in meaningful ways. The full list of articles is here or you can read them one by one:

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Saying Goodbye in GIFs: An animated send off to retiring YNPN-TC board members - Part 2

The conclusion to our farewell for our six departing board members! It just wouldn't be the YNPN-TC way if we didn't let them know how we feel in GIF form. We asked each departing board member to choose a GIF that represents a fellow board member and describe their choice. Here are your final three! (And don't miss part one.)

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Good in Theory, Problems in Practice: YNPN National Survey Results

main.jpgAmidst all the conversations taking place around leadership development in the nonprofit sector, have you ever wondered what, specifically, young nonprofit professionals think? YNPN does. In fact, it recently released the results of the YNPN national survey on popular leadership development strategies. The report, entitled “Good In Theory, Problems in Practice,” outlines the opinions of young people in our sector, the takeaways from these opinions, and recommendations on how to put these findings into action.

YNPN-TC played an important part in obtaining these results. Many of our members took part in the survey, and we also held a focus group of Twin Cities young nonprofit professionals to get more detailed information.

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