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Friday, Feb. 20th
12:00 - 1:00pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul
(No registration required - but please bring your own laptop)


For Good Measure: SROI and Current Trends in Nonprofit Impact Measurement 

Tuesday, Mar. 17th
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Augsburg College, Minneapolis


* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






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:

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


Everyone Leads: How YNPN Leaders Step Up to Support Their Own

(Originally posted on YNPN National's blog)

During our recent book club Twitter chat, our ED Trish Tchume encapsulated YNPN’s approach to leadership in 140 characters: “The YNPN model relies on the idea that everyone leads. Our chapter leaders start, build up, and run the network. We are because they are.”

One of the best examples of this is our National Conference and Leaders Institute, which brings YNPN chapter leaders from across the country together to connect, share best practices, and collaboratively develop the future of the network. Since 2007, these national gatherings have been hosted by one of our local chapters with support from the national organization. Our local chapter leaders plan the conference from start to finish, including developing and presenting the conference sessions.

This year’s conference will be hosted by YNPN Twin Cities in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. We spoke to Leah Lundquist, National Conference Committe Chair, and Jamie Millard, Board Chair of YNPN Twin Cities, to hear about what it’s been like serving as a YNPN chapter leader and planning a conference for hundreds of their peers.

So, tell us a little about yourselves. What do you do outside of YNPN and what’s your role in YNPN TC? How long have you been involved with YNPN, and how long have you been part of YNPN Twin Cities’ chapter leadership?

Leah: I’m in my 5th year (final term) of serving with YNPN Twin Cities. In that time I’ve served as Programming Chair, National Liaison and now National Conference Local Host Lead. Outside of YNPN Twin Cities, I am currently helping develop the Hubert Project, an OpenEd initiative encouraging the creation and sharing of free, multimedia materials to be used in training, teaching and self-directed professional development for nonprofit and civic leaders.

Jamie: Outside of YNPN TC, I’m a co-executive director for Pollen and co-founder of the literary arts magazine Paper Darts. I’m the board chair of YNPN TC and have been involved for more than four years.

What have you enjoyed most about being a YNPN chapter leader?

Jamie: Seeing other YNPN board members and volunteers find opportunity to take ownership over projects and dedicate vision to creating the community they want to work and live in.

Leah: When I moved to Minnesota 7 years ago, the network provided me an incredible support system and team of colleagues outside of the small nonprofits I have worked in. I’ve learned so much from serving on the board that I bring to my work. I love passing that forward, providing opportunities for other YNPs across the Twin Cities to connect, try bold things and build the relationships that will sustain all of us through our careers.

In addition to those connections, how has chapter leadership been valuable for you professionally outside of your work with YNPN?

Leah: Leading a chapter has helped me get up close and personal with the life stages a start up nonprofit goes through and the many important governance discussions that take place at each of those stages. It’s provided a safe space for me to speak up, experiment and push my own creativity. Though we have traditional chapter leadership roles, we function highly horizontally as a chapter, so I’ve also learned a ton about effective teamwork and being always cognizant of organizational culture.

Hosting a national conference is a big task. What motivated your chapter to step up and apply?

Leah: It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the idea was first floated, but I have a hunch that it was after a whole cohort of our board members returned from their road trip to the Grand Rapids conference. Both the travel time and experience of the conference itself was such a bonding experience for them and a perspective-widening opportunity to get to know the national network that we’ve asked ourselves since then if we might be conference host at some point. Finally the stars aligned with the right people and capacity for us to help make this happen. We are all proud and appreciative to be living in a metropolitan area with such a robust nonprofit and philanthropic sector and are excited to invite others from the network to get a taste of this.

Jamie: We knew this would be a unique opportunity to infuse energy into our local YNP community by bringing chapter leaders across the country to highlight what makes the MSP community thrive.

Do you have a favorite memory from past conferences?

Jamie: I do! I attended Grand Rapids (2011) and San Francisco (2012) recently. My favorite moments were when I got to experience something local and specific to that community. It reminded me that being a member of YNPN Twin Cities is truly about being part of a national movement.

What’s been the most challenging aspect of planning an event for hundreds of your peers from across the country?

Leah: The nail biting suspense as you wait for people to register. It’s the whole middle school party syndrome: “I planned this huge party… I hope everyone shows up!!” (Save me from the suspense: Chapter leaders, register today!)

And what’s been the most fun?

Leah: Coming up with creative, meaningful networking ideas for the evenings and during the day. We definitely want you to leave feeling like you have relationships across the network that will be sustained and that you saw at least a slice of the Twin Cities! It’s also been great working alongside National to push ourselves to go beyond what has happened in past years to bring in new partners like Echoing Green and the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue.

What are you most looking forward to at the conference?

Leah: I’m really looking forward to hearing Linda Nguyen’s keynote on Thursday! It’s so neat to have someone speak who is both an early YNPN founder and an incredible leader on civic engagement! I’m also looking forward to the deep learning and discussions I see happening Friday through the 2 deep dive opportunities with Echoing Green and IISD alongside the Chapter Leaders Institute.

What can our leaders look forward to doing in the Twin Cities this June?

Jamie: Hands down spending time outside along the river or lakes. A walk down St. Anthony Main eating gelato from Wilde Roast — that’d be a pretty perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Leah: There’s no limit to the things I love about the Twin Cities in the summer. There’s always great music at the Cedar Cultural Center and the iconic First Avenue. From the Humphrey School (where the conference is being held), I like to rent a Nice Ride bike and pedal downtown along the bike trail that runs along the Mississippi River. One of the great things attendees might want to stick around for the weekend of the conference is the Twin Cities PRIDE festival–TC Pride is the third largest Pride festival in the country and largest free Pride in the U.S.

Why do you think it’s important for chapter leaders to come together in person?

Leah: When chapter leaders come together in person, we can all question our limiting beliefs and assumptions about what it means to be a YNPN chapter. This sparks new ideas and relationships that can make us more effective–not only in our work on our YNPN boards, but also in each of our professional roles.

For those who aren’t YNPN chapter leaders (yet!), we’ll be sharing insights from the conference on social media during the event on June 26-28.


The Scoop: May's News From and About Our Members!

Kudos to Jessica Jesswein who got a new position with the ALS Association of MN,ND,SD as an Event Coordinator starting in May.

Congrats to YNPN-TC members Ryan Kroening and Becky Saltzman of Events by Lady K for coordinating the HUGE bushCONNECT event!

Special thanks to volunteer Erica Winegar for putting together her first YNPN-TC event, "We'd be MIA without You".

The MemComm Team would like to welcome new volunteers Michelle Funk, Olivia LaVecchia, Morgan Weis, and Izzy Sullivan.

Congrats to member Keely Schallock Hendrickson on her new position as Project Manager/Grant Writer at J. Murphy & Associates.


What’s the big deal with this YNPN national conference? 

You’ve joined YNPN Twin Cities to build your local network, but what if I told you that you have a unique opportunity this summer to network with YNPs across the country?

Former Des Moines YNPN member Amelia Colwell Reedy leveraged YNPN’s national network as soon as she moved to Minnesota last summer to begin working at Accountability Minnesota. Since Amelia was already familiar with YNPN, she reached out to our Twin Cities chapter and got herself immediately plugged in as a member. She has been forging new professional contacts and friends ever since ­ and even dived into serving on the YNPN Twin Cities Programming Committee!

The Des Moines and Twin Cities chapters are just 2 out of 35 chapters providing programming for over 50,000 members across the country.

For the past eight years, chapter leaders from across the national YNPN network have gathered in a different host city annually to build relationships, learn from each other, and reconnect with YNPN’s vision. This year, as you may know from earlier save­the­date notices in The Bridge, it’s being hosted here in our very own Twin Cities.

We’re leveraging being this year’s host to provide local members with multiple high­value, free or low cost opportunities.

We’re dedicating this #ynpn14 edition of The Bridge to sharing the multiple ways you can be involved over the course of 2 days in June:

  • Register to attend the day­long Nonprofit Leadership Conference on June 26th, co­hosted by YNPN National and YNPN Twin Cities, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Why? We’ll tell you why.
  • Participate in a large, free local­ national YNP mingler following the Nonprofit Leadership Conference that will harken back to the fun and games of the Networking Recess event we threw back in April 2013. (Watch for registration to drop into your inbox in mid­May!)
  • Apply for one of the special day­long deep dive learning opportunities on June 27th around diversity and inclusion or purposeful work. (A $75 opportunity offered free for local members due to the Bush Foundation’s generous sponsorship!)

With that, consider this your very special invitation to participate in #ynpn14. You’ll be able to expand your network nationally, attend ridiculously low­cost (or free!) sessions, and gain invaluable knowledge to help you in your career. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

(Curious to know more about the national network? Check out this great Pollen feature authored by YNPN Twin Cities board member Chris Oien in 2012.)



At this year's National Conference, YNPN is bringing two great organizations to facilitate day­long workshops for chapter leaders from across the country. Thanks to a generous grant from the Bush Foundation, YNPs from the Twin Cities can apply for a select number of spots to participate in these "Deep Dives" free of charge.

There are two Deep Dives to choose from, and they are both great opportunities. You may apply for both programs, but you will only be accepted into one.

Applications are due on May 2nd. If selected, you will need to commit to attending the full­-day workshop from 10:30am­ to 5:00pm on Friday, June 27th. If you have any questions, please email

Please read through the following descriptions to see which Deep Dive would be a good fit for you:

1. Connecting Career to Purpose with Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program
FULL - Applications for this session now closed!

YNPN is partnering with Echoing Green (­on­purpose) to teach you how to become a Work on Purpose facilitator. As a Work on Purpose facilitator, you will acquire the tools you need to lead workshops for your community and help equip others with the skills they need to realize their unique way to make social impact.

Throughout its 25 year history, Echoing Green has performed thousands of in­depth interviews with its world­changing social entrepreneurship Fellows and has observed ten principles that lead individuals to fulfilling work that makes the world a better place. These ten principles are the cornerstone of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose curriculum and training on which nearly 300 faculty and staff at over 100 colleges, universities and nonprofits have now been trained. Other Work on Purpose program offerings include an original book, an interactive online platform and a series of inspirational workshops and keynote addresses. Work on Purpose would be a valuable curriculum to bring back to your community because it provides inspiration and frameworks to support a wide spectrum of young people seeking to make the world a better place in a way that is uniquely right for them.

If you are excited about facilitating group workshops and passionate about helping others with personal and professional development so they can pursue meaningful work, then this is the Deep Dive for you!

2. Inclusive Leaders Create Inclusive Communities: Diving In

Still accepting applications through May 9th!

An important conversation in today’s workplace centers around this question: Why and how do we move from inclusion as a value to inclusion as a practice? This year, by offering a day-long intensive training track with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (, we believe we can begin to move our communities towards addressing that question for the long haul.

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. Sustained Dialogue is a five-­stage social change model that is designed to transform relationships and create informed community change. Participants in this Deep Dive will learn how to be boundary spanners in their organizations and communities, practice empathy, form traits of authentic leadership, frameworks for better decision-making, and work in diverse teams.

If you are passionate about creating inclusive communities through a powerful dialogue­ to­ action process, then this is the Deep Dive for you!



Talking Points to Use with Your Employer (& Yourself!)

Worried about how to get the time and professional development dollars to cover your participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Conference on June 26th?

Here are some talking points we’d offer you:

  • Attending this year’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference will enable you to network with over 100 chapter leaders from over 35 communities across the country, which means new ideas and connections for your organization!
  • This year’s theme ­ Exploring Diverse Voices ­ is about taking leadership around our espoused values around diversity and inclusion as nonprofit organizations. Keynoting on this crucially important theme will be Linda Nguyen, Director of Civic Engagement for the Alliance for Family & Children, one of the original founders of YNPN national.
  • If your organization is an MCN member, you can register between now and May 5th for an early bird rate of only $149. If you organization isn’t a member or you aren’t getting any organizational support for attending, you can sign up as an individual YNPN Twin Cities member of MCN for only $15/year enabling you to pay the reduced member prices for the conference!

Still trying to talk yourself into it? Consider these points:

  • Every year MCN offers the opportunity for a comped ticket in exchange for packet stuffing for a couple hours the week before the conference. Get in touch with Shannon McCarville at MCN for to sign up for this volunteer duty. Initiate a member meet­up to find some other fun YNPN Twin Cities members to do it with you!
  • Check out the useful things you can learn from Chicago YNP Steve Strang on The Shifting Strategy and local YNPs Cat Beltmann and Dania Toscano Miwa along with YNPN National’s Jamie Smith about Your Future Freelance Self, among many other valuable personal and org leadership sessions!

Hope to see you there!

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