Emerging Leaders Networking Lunch
Friday, Dec. 18
12 - 1 p.m.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
St. Paul


* 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:

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


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:

1. You’ve gotten to know the sector better.

When asked what you have gained from being a member of YNPN-TC, 72% of you said that you have a greater awareness of local nonprofits. Just under half of you said that you have made a new professional connection in the sector and that you have a sense of empowerment regarding professional development.

2. Some of you want more focused networking; for others, you want more focus on content and education.

While some suggested that YNPN-TC have more structured networking opportunities, others responded that you want professional development that reflects your needs and provides tangible take-aways. You also want YNPN-TC to grow with you. Those of you who are further along in your careers want programming that meets your needs, too.

3. You’re concerned about accessibility of events.

You expressed a desire to have events scheduled at different times and locations that make programming more accessible to more people. For example: evenings and locations outside of the Twin Cities. 

4. Most of you feel welcome - but there’s more YNPN-TC can do.

72% of you said you feel at least somewhat welcome at events, but you have ideas for how we can do better. Making sure people are at events to welcome and say hello to first-time attenders, and grouping new members by similar organizational missions are just two ideas offered. You also want to see us continue to recruit committee members with diverse perspectives for the Programming Committee as well as having leaders and speakers from communities of color at events.

5. We are Fun, Networking, Engaging, and Connected.

These four words were used most frequently when we asked our members to describe YNPN-TC.  

Didn’t get a chance to take the survey? Do you have reflections about the results? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or contact us at info@ynpntwincities.org.



Throw Out the Welcome Mat, It's Time to Greet New Members!

Remember when you were new to YNPN-TC? Did you feel so welcome that you're looking for a way to pay it forward to other newbies? Or maybe you're interested in volunteering with YNPN-TC, but don't want to join a formal committee. Well friends, we've got the perfect opportunity for you. We're looking for volunteers who want to connect with other members via email. This is a short-term, remote, and easy way to volunteer while making a major impact in our community.

All you need to do is send emails to new members two times during your designated month. These emails introduce newbies to YNPN-TC, provide them an opportunity to ask any questions they may have, and connect them with a current member - YOU!

And that's it! It's a one-month commitment out of the entire year (unless you want to sign up for multiple months!). If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in or would like more information, email us at info@ynpntwincities.org. Thanks for making YNPN-TC such an awesome community!



Deadline for New Sector Fellowships is March 6!

New Sector offers programs for early career social impact professionals at three levels:

  • The AmeriCorps RISE Fellowship, an 11 month program (September - July) and accepts applications from graduating college seniors and professionals with up to five years of experience
  • The Summer Fellowship, for current college sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as recent college graduates
  • The Senior Summer Fellowship, which is designed for Master's students with prior work experience

Fellows serve full-time in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities, completing capacity building projects with nonprofit organizations. Throughout each program, Fellows engage in New Sector's Social Impact Leadership Curriculum and are supported through 1:1 mentorship from professionals across consulting, business, nonprofit, and academic sectors, as well as peer and staff support. The second round application deadline on March 6th, 2015, we hope that you will share our information and application with students and colleagues who may be interested in applying!


The Scoop

Proof that Minnesotans are hearty as hell? The sub-zero temperatures this winter haven't stopped YNPN-TC members from getting out and following exciting new opportunities!

  • Erica Winegar is now Communications & Administration Coordinator at the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.
  • Ashley Schweitzer is now Business Analyst at Hennepin County.
  • Christina Perfetti is now Volunteer Services Coordinator at Jeremiah Program.
  • Valerie Hsu is now Communications Specialist at St. Paul Public Schools.
  • David Zellar is co-hosting brunch trivia at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall on Sundays at noon.
  • Cary Walski and Kevin Jagoe are presenting at this month's Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas.

Do you have some great news you'd like to share with the YNPN community? Do you know someone who might be too shy to toot their own horn? If so, send a note over to bridge@ynpntwincities.org and we'll put it in next month's Scoop! 


YNPN-TC's 2014 Highlights

YNPN-TC had a big year last year, from a record amount of events and increased membership to hosting the YNPN national conference for the first time in the Twin Cities. Check out this amazing infographic (made by YNPN-TC member Isaac Ruder) that covers some of our biggest highlights from 2014. 

Download as a PDF here.