YNPN-TC Karaoke Member Meet-Up
Wednesday April 23
The Hole Sports Lounge (2501 University Ave SE, Mpls)

We'd Be MIA Without You
Thursday, April 24th
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S., Mpls
Enjoy a scavenger hunt in the museum and learn about volunteering with YNPN-TC!

Save the Date: YNPN National Conference
June 26, 27, & 28
Minneapolis/St. Paul
For more info, click here!



* 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


Apply to Join the YNPN-TC Board of Directors

by Sarah Morris 
follow me on Twitter: @morrissaraht

Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your career, join an all-star team, help out your peers, AND have fun?! Then the YNPN board of directors might be just the ticket! 

Our board application is live, and we want you! Please submit an application today to join the YNPN board. Don't delay... Applications close September 30!


Now Accepting Proposals for Five Minutes in Hell

by Helen Kouba

Leave your devil horns at home; there’s no fiery cauldron here. YNPN-TC’s second annual Five Minutes in Hell is your chance to get in the spotlight and show your fellow YNPNer’s what you’ve got. Should you accept the challenge, you’ll take the stage deep underground at Honey in Minneapolis on October 23. You’ll deliver a five-minute, uniquely developed talk on the topic of success or failure. The purpose of these presentations is to stir thought, provoke conversation, and foster learning among your fellow YNPN-TC members.


YNPN is currently accepting proposals for speakers. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on September 27.

Last week, we interviewed past speaker Richard Matson-Daley about his experience at last year’s event:

What inspired you to present?

It sounded like fun. I had a couple of topics that were rattling around in my brain that doing a talk was a really good way to process. On a personal/professional development level, I wanted work on my speaking skills in a format I wasn’t used to, and in front of an audience that was different from the ones I had spoken in front of before.

How did you select a topic?

My topic was “A Strength Based Approach to Weakness.” I was interested in Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment, as I had done some learning around it in the past. This particular talk was something I had not pulled together in one place before.

How did you prepare?

A large part of my prep was bringing everything into a cohesive set of arguments, and then whittling that argument down to its persuasive core. After I determined the general shape of my argument and the outline of the speech, there was a lot of rehearsal and a lot of editing.

My goal was three-fold: (1) become comfortable enough with the speech so that it came naturally, (2) identify the awkward parts and remove them, and (3) make a speech that was within five minutes.

What advice do you have for anyone considering submitting a proposal?

  • Do it! It’s really fun and it’s a really supportive audience;
  • Find something that you really enjoy talking about. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know everything about your topic right now, you can do research;
  • Your slide making software of choice may have some really good default formats. You might find one that works really well with your presentation. You’ll also want to make your text larger than you think it needs to be;
  • When you time your rehearsals include 30 seconds for people to applaud (or laugh or cry) depending on your talk;
  • Did I mention the audience is awesome? They really are!

What was the value in presenting for you? What made this experience rewarding?

  • In the straight and narrow of my job, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to do speaking. It was a good opportunity to bring my speaking skills into my professional networking space;
  • It was a way for me to test the StrengthsFinder assessment that was so interesting to me personally, and if was also interesting to others;
  • It was a great confidence boost. The imposter syndrome states that you can’t really speak “in the real world” or to “a real audience,” and even outside the support of my friends and colleagues, it was great proof for myself that I could.

Richard Matson-Daley has spent the last eight years working with nonprofit organizations across the country as the Client Solutions Engineer at thedatabank, inc. He is a licensed minister at Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul and received his Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. 


Become a YNPN LaunchPad Fellow!

The YNPN network was built 15 years ago on the simple idea that in order to access their full potential in the sector, young leaders need four things: a strong peer and professional network, individual support & mentoring, training on specific skills, and a place to exercise those skills.  For this reason, YNPN National is excited to announce that applications are now open for the second class of LaunchPad Fellows – a program for talented folks who are interested in building their skills and experience in a very specific area to lend their time and creativity to a fast-growing, dynamic organization.  

There are four LaunchPad Fellow opportunities available; each run October 2013 through June 2014:

Chapter Engagement Coordinator

Chapter Resources Coordinator

Communications Coordinator

Conference Coordinator

YNPN Twin Cities members have served as LaunchPad Fellows in the past and are encouraged to apply! Remember, the 2014 YNPN National Conference will be held in the Twin Cities, so the Conference Coordinator position would be a great opportunity for a local member with a passion for creating awesome events! 

To learn more about how you can apply to be a LaunchPad Fellow, click here - applications due no later than Friday, August 23.


Welcome YNPN-TC's Newest Volunteers!

by Brian Gioielli
Follow me on Twitter: @giosmelly

We here at YNPN-TC are busy! It’s been a wonderful 2013 so far, and 2014 will be no exception with the YNPN National Conference and some other exciting initiatives on the horizon. None of this would be possible without all the amazing volunteers on our Membership, Communications, Programming and Governance committees!

The past 6 months we have been lucky enough to welcome a number of amazing rockstars onto the team and here’s a chance to get to know a little bit about them. I’m personally inspired by all of these individuals and the things they are doing for our non-profit sector here in the Twin Cities and beyond. They are a true example of what a dedicated and committed group of volunteers can accomplish for a community.

Helen Paillé

Twitter handle: @hpaille

Workplace: Home Free Community Programs

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

To build my network of other young non-profiteers working in different areas of the nonprofit sector.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

The fabulous events! The Networking Recess event this year in particular.

Favorite drink/where to drink it?

Hendricks and tonic on my porch.

Hannah Burchill

Twitter handle: @brrrchill 

Workplace: Campus Media Group 

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

One Direction

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

Networking! Also, idle hands do the devil's work.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

The whiteboard from the June Programming Committee meeting.

Any advice for young non-profit professionals out there?

You're doing a great job everyone!

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

Whatever is on special. Anywhere.

Kylie Nichols

Twitter handle: I’m not on the twitter! 

Workplace: On the market for evaluation work. 

What’s the last thing you listened to on your iPod?

Probably streaming The Current.

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

I'm in the middle of a major career transition and heard YNPN was good way to get out there and meet people who share my interests.

Any advice for young non-profit professionals out there? 

Don't ever be afraid to leave a bad job. There's always a better opportunity waiting for you. 

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it? 

Hoppy, local beer at the Spring Street Tavern (if I'm in Minneapolis) or Sweeny's (if I'm in St. Paul).

Veronica Kneeland

Twitter Handle: @VKneeland 

What’s the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus—I seriously can’t stop listening to that song.

Why did you get involved in YNPN?

I wanted to gain more experience in the non-profit field and meet new, awesome people.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

I like the variety of events YNPN offers. From professional development events, to happy hours, and even a play at the Guthrie, there is something for everyone. Plus there is a good chance you’re going to meet some pretty sweet people.

Any advice for young non-profit professionals out there?

Say yes! You never know where volunteering for something will take you and you might find a skill you never knew you had.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

Chocolate Milk. I usually get it from my fridge, but I haven’t had it in a while. 

Aly Wallberg

Twitter Handle: @AlyWallberg 

Workplace: Development Manager at AdoptAClassroom.org 

What’s the last thing you listened to on your iPod?

Stuff You Should Know podcast about how hip-hop works.

Why did you get involved in YNPN?

I joined YNPN-TC to hang out with other awesome people who give a damn about what's happening in the world.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

My favorite things about YNPN are the quality people and amazing programs - it's incredible what this passionate group of volunteers manages to accomplish! 

Meghan Timmel

Twitter Handle: @megharney

Workplace: Minnesota Council on Economic Education

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

When I get into a song, I REALLY get into a song, so I've been listening to Blurred Lines on repeat lately. This of course means that I'll be sick of it any minute now.

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

I recently moved to the Twin Cities and thought ynpn would be a great way to get involved and meet new people.

Favorite thing about ynpn so far?

I really enjoy the variety of events that ynpn offers. Each month has something different to offer, which definitely keeps me interested and eager to keep going to events. 

Katie O’Shaughnessy

Twitter Handle: @katieadeline

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

I work with kids currently and they LOVE Icona Pop, so we had a mini dance party to "I love it." I get a laugh out of how the kids enjoy it and think its happy but it's totally not.

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

Looking for networking opportunities and thought it would be fun to get to know others in the Twin Cities that share the same mindset regarding the importance of the nonprofit sector.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

I'm a beer girl - so it can be gotten wherever...but the more local the better.

Lisa Wolfson

Twitter Handle: Sorry – not on the Twitter!

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?

“Home” by ZZ Ward

Why did you get involved with YNPN?

To network and and find out about possible career paths in the non-profit world. To get involved in local activities and events.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

How totally friendly and willing to share experiences everyone is! I feel comfortable asking questions and diving right in, knowing there's people who are happy to help answer questions and point me in the right direction.

David Von Eschen

Twitter Handle: @DavidFongs

Workplace: Dell Compellent

What's the last thing you listened to on your ipod?


Why did you get involved with YNPN?

I worked in non profit for several years, and now that I am in the for profit sector it is a nice way to stay involved.

Favorite thing about YNPN so far?

The people. Whether you are a member or a volunteer, if you are part of ynpn you are probably cool.

There you have it! A big thanks to all of these amazing people! Feeling inspired? You can check out our current volunteer opportunities at www.ynpntwincities.org/volunteer. We would love to have you involved! Cheers!


YNPN Member Meet-Ups: You've Got the Power!

by Katie Tharp
Follow me on Twitter: @DangerKate

YNPN-TC is excited to roll out our Member Meet-Up program, which allows YNPN-TC members to plan their own informal activities. The first Member Meet-Up was held on August 10th with an ultimate frisbee game! There was a nice mix of current and new YNPN members in attendance and they got to know each other in a fun, informal setting while burning a ton of calories running around on the field!

YNPN-TC will continue to pilot Member Meet-Ups this year. Plans are in the works for a running group, a yoga meet-up, a karaoke night, and an ice cream social. Watch YNPN-TC's calendar, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for future activities! If you'd like to organize your own meet-up, check out www.ynpntwincities.org/member-meet-ups and a YNPN-TC volunteer will contact you to help with planning.