We provide and promote opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals.

We envision a world where young nonprofit professionals:

• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

Our values:

โ— We strive for respect and inclusiveness
โ— We seek opportunities to collaborate
โ— We respond to the evolving needs of our community

Thursday
Aug072014

Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile Picture

A picture is worth 1,000 words, so make sure your LinkedIn profile picture is sending the right message. Many employers review candidates’ LinkedIn profiles to get a sense of personality and style, and form an opinion of them before even meeting. Some helpful tips to stand out in a sea of other potential employees are listed below.

  • Make sure you have a photo. LinkedIn filters folks with the grey avatar to the bottom of every search.

     
  • Keep your attire, hair, and accessories professional and subtle. An extreme look will be distracting and overwhelming to potential employers.

     
  • Solo photos are best. Having more than one person in the photo will cause confusion.
    Also, avoid cropping a group photo unless it can be done with skill.
  • Select a current photograph. You want to be recognized when appearing for an interview or when someone is searching for you after meeting at a networking event.

     
  • The quality of the photograph should be high enough resolution where the photo is not pixilated or grainy.
  • Pick the right photographer. It doesn’t have to be a professional, but it should be someone who can make you smile in a natural way.

     
  • NO SELFIES! Leave the bathroom mirror shots for your facebook page.
  • Wear solid dark colors
  • Avoid strapless dresses or tops, you will appear naked

Don't forget to put these tips to use at our August 23rd event, "The Care and Feeding of Your Professional Image."  You'll be able to get free professional headshots and resume advice!  Check out the details here.

Resources:

7 LinkedIn Profile Tips and Tricks in 2014 that Make a Difference

Tips for LinkedIn Profile Photos

Thursday
Aug072014

A Night at the Theater


Thanks to a partnership with the Guthrie Theater, YNPN-TC and YEP-TC members got a special treat on July 29 when they attended a showing of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The Tony Award winning show centers on the lives of a brother and sister, Vanya and Sonia, and how they are turned upside down when their other sister, Masha, unexpectedly brings home her 20-something boyfriend, Spike.

Following the show, the group went next door to the Aloft Minneapolis hotel for an after party, where they were joined cast members Charles Janasz (Vanya), Ali Rose Dachis (Nina), and Joshua James Campbell (Spike).

DJ Marinos plays music at the after-party at Aloft
YNPN members relax and mingle with some of the cast members at Aloft. 

Thursday
Aug072014

The Scoop!


August is shaping up to be a delightfully busy month for most YNPN-TC members!  Check out who has some news to share:

Mai Youa Moua promoted to Program Manager at Genesys Works.

Alissa Jordan is now Development Assistant at the American Refugee Committee.

Annie Heggernes is now Services Delivery Coordinator at EAC Product Development Solutions.

Sandra Boone is now managing blog editor at YNPN-TC.

Maria Ward (Blue Green Alliance), Ruby Simmons (Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless), Clayton Smith (Minnesota Children's Museum), Sara Gumke (Greater Twin Cities United Way), Kate Mejicano (FamilyWise), Jarell Skinner-Roy (College Possible), Jenna Yeakle (Minnesota Literacy Council) and Sarah Jacobs (Dakota Valley Symphony) won YNPN-TC scholarships to the MCN Nonprofit Essentials Conference in July.

If you, or another member you know, has news to share about things like a promotion, board appointment, leadership position, volunteer spot filled, or anything else you want to share with the YNPN-TC community, send an email to bridge@ynpntwincities.org and we'll include it in the next edition of The Scoop! 

Thursday
Jul102014

The YNPN National Conference and Leaders Institute Storify Recap

Thursday
Jul102014

Time Keepers


It’s crazy that the idea of “work-life balance” even needs to be discussed. In a perfect world, a beautiful equilibrium across all facets of our lives would be so implicit that a phrase to describe it wouldn’t even exist. But we live in an imperfect world, and working in the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors means spending a great deal of time trying to keep bigger parts of the world in balance, often foregoing relative harmony in one’s own life.

In the past, I have struggled with a pendulum of all work or all play, a slightly destructive cycle that switches directions in full force whenever I’m overcome with exhaustion—a rhythm only recently broken by the birth of my son, and now all time outside of regular work hours are devoted to him. However, knowing my own penchant for the imbalance of work/life I was thrilled to learn that the first peer-led YNPN-EPIP Leadership Institute session would be about balance. Not only would I walk away with a toolkit for working toward balance, but I would also learn that I am not alone in my struggle to keep all parts of my life aloft.

The session was split into two parts: Considering and discussing our current schedules with our mini-cohorts in terms of actual versus ideal, followed by looking at the different common areas of our lives—mental health, physical health, hobbies/interests, professional, volunteer/service, and family/friends—and sharing strategies for keeping those in balance with the entire group.

Truthfully, I had never sat down to take a hard look at the schedule I had been keeping prior to my son being born. All I knew was that I had a ton to do and I was going to get it all done no matter what (until, of course, I got exhausted and then I was going to do nothing, until, of course, I got bored and was going to do EVERYTHING, and so forth). Being able to map out and visually see how much time I spent working was a very valuable exercise. When I began building my ideal schedule, I gave myself the time to do nothing on the same day that I gave myself time to do the work I am passionate about, offering each day of the week a little balance—whether or not this schedule is realistic with only 24 hours in the day is anyone’s guess.

Later in the evening, I was able to gain some surprising takeaways for keeping equilibrium that I look forward to testing out. Here are my top four favorite strategies from the session (including the best piece of advice ever):

 

Schedule time to unplug from the internet.
This can support crossover balance between mental health and family/friend time. Unplugging from the internet (including your phone) can set boundaries and help you avoid working outside of work hours or getting sucked into a net-hole that can distract from friends and family. While it might seem a little silly to set an alarm to put your phone or computer down for even just an hour, if that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes.
Have walking meetings—”walkie talkies.”
Work requires so much sitting! At work, in meetings, during business lunches, home catching up on emails. Even if you have a standing desk, it’s important to get your body moving sometimes. Why not double up where you can and suggest a walking meeting? Some fresh air might and exercise might even lead to a breakthrough!
Build true relationships in the workplace
Having open communication with coworkers on a real level can help you achieve balance by making work a place where you’ve got friends who share at least one of your passions. You don’t need to dive all-in and make everyone in your office a BFF, just start by setting aside time (e.g. lunch) with coworkers to make a personal connections. Bonus: When your coworkers understand that you’re a real person (and vice versa) it can be easier to have conversations about expectations and limits.
It’s ok to say ‘No’ (and you can also try ‘No, but I know someone else who would be great for this’).
Seriously. Don’t forget this. Don’t overexert yourself, and maybe spread some of that experience around.

 

Although my life is necessarily out of balance right now, once things settle down I look forward to starting fresh with the suggestions provided by the cohort. Can I keep my life in check once I’m free to set my own schedule again? I’m not sure, but I’m excited to accept the challenge.

Courtney Algeo is the brand communications specialist at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where she helps tell compelling stories about art, communities, and the dire need for practitioners of creative wonder.