The following blog is by James Faghmous.
On the night of May 1, 2011, hundreds of people stormed the streets of New York and D.C. They waved the US flag and chanted our national anthem. They were celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Although such celebrations did not take place in the Twin Cities, I find it ironic and timely that the Saint Paul Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards at the Saint Paul River Center just two days later.
It is important to realize that extremist nationalism–systematically self-aggrandizing while ignorantly diminishing others—breeds racism. In fact, racism disguised in nationalism is even more dangerous, since it provides some seemingly legitimate excuse for racist thoughts and behavior. Whether it is “Latinos are taking our jobs” or “Muslims are terrorists” the result for individuals of the non-dominant culture is the same; they are marginalized, discriminated against and placed under heightened scrutiny.Read more
Disclaimer: About two months ago, I started a new job with Jefferson Awards for Public Service, an organization whose mission is to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism by presenting awards to those that exhibit outstanding service to their community.
In late March, I attended the National YNPN Leaders Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan and learned about a unique relationship that the San Diego YNPN chapter began with The Classy Awards. The Classy Awards recognize the top philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses, fundraisers and volunteers from across the country, and last year they decided to partner with YNPN San Diego to honor an Outstanding Young Nonprofit Professional.Read more
It was my first day at a new job. I almost made it through lunch before facing the dreaded question: “How old are you?" Four hours on the job and I'd realized that most of my colleagues were 20-30 years my senior. I’d hoped to not reveal exactly how young I was until I’d been there a bit longer, but it was not meant to be. "I'm 26." "Oh, I thought you might be about my daughter's age," my colleague replied. "She's 24."
Starting a new job is often nerve wracking. Starting a new job when you're the youngest person at work can be even harder. I remember the questions running through my head: “Will my colleagues think I’m too young for this job? Will I fit in? Will my contributions be respected?”Read more
Last fall I registered for a class at the Humphrey School that required me to be on a board. I knew little about boards, but was interested in them. I just didn’t know why anyone would want me on a board or how to find one. I’m young-ish, haven’t worked in the Twin Cities nonprofit sector for very long, don’t have a lot of money, and I’m not well connected to rich or prestigious people. But there I was, required to serve on a board.
My boss was just finishing some consulting working with Rainbow Rumpus. She thought it would be a good fit for me because the organization was in a period of growth; they were high functioning board; the people on the board were good people to work with; and there would be a lot of leadership opportunities. So I contacted them.Read more
I answered a call by making a call.
From my cozy, sunny office, I made two phone calls (of course, on my break time and from my cell phone)–one to Senator Klobachar and one to Senator Franken. As a constituent, a former AmeriCorps member and public interest lawyer that facilitates legal volunteering, I explained how I have seen AmeriCorps improve communities through education, jobs training and environmental programs. Until it all came tumbling out of my mouth on those phone calls, I didn’t realize how much service meant to me and the people in my life.Read more
At last week’s Emerging Leaders Network lunch, we talked a lot about how to handle current or prospective employers and colleagues looking you up on social networking sites. Several suggestions bounced around the room: Direct professional contacts to your LinkedIn profile instead of Facebook, restrict certain Facebook updates to a more select group of people, maintain two different Facebook accounts (I’m not a big fan of that last one). And then we started talking more extreme measures: Ramping up privacy settings to 11 to be unfindable, or even altering your name so it doesn’t look like you at all.Read more
“What we do not say, what we do not talk about, allows the status quo to continue.”
-Stephanie Wildman, Making Systems of Privilege Visible
YNPN-TC partnered with the Racial Justice Program at the YWCA Minneapolis a few weeks ago to host a discussion of race and privilege in the nonprofit sector. We had a tremendous response to the event: Tickets sold out in the first day and a subsequent wait list was some 70 people deep.Read more
Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is a membership association of about 800 leaders of volunteers, mostly professional volunteer program administrators, from across the state. It's a forum for members to become engaged with professional development and share resources. MAVA conducts the latest research on volunteerism, including engaging new immigrant communities, best practices for engaging baby boomers and the impact of the recession.
Jay Haapala—current board chair for MAVA and volunteer services administrator at the Minnesota Children’s Museum—was gracious enough to provide The Bridge an inside view of MAVA.Read more