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YNPN RVA Speed Networking Happy Hour

Kick off 2020 by building your network with other young nonprofit professionals! Grab a beer with us and practice your networking skills through a structured speed-networking activity, plus plenty of free time to mix and mingle. Not a member? Come learn why you should join YNPN RVA this year! Event Details: WHAT: YNPN RVA Speed Networking Happy Hour WHEN: Thursday January 16th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm WHERE: Strangeways Brewing Company 2277A Dabney Road Richmond, VA 23230 BRING: Business Cards for Networking (optional) COST: Free for 2019 YNPN RVA Members and Non-Members (drinks not included) Other Notes: Parking lot parking in front of building
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YNPN RVA’s Birthday Party

Join us as we celebrate YNPN’s birthday and end another great year with fun, food, and networking! We’ll be celebrating Tuesday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Sam Miller’s in the Boat Room. Bring a friend to join in the celebration and learn more about YNPN at this fun social event! Event Details: WHAT: YNPN RVA's Birthday Party! WHEN: Tuesday, December 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. WHERE: Sam Miller’s Boat Room – 1210 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219 BRING: Cash for cash bar, a friend (please have them register!) COST: Free for 2019 YNPN RVA Members and Non-Members Other Notes: Street parking available or in the parking garage located behind the Tobacco Company Read more →


YNPN RVA Spotlight – Membership Committee

Committee Members: Kathy Greenier (Co-Chair) Elise Kindya (Co-Chair) Diana Villarreal Alejandra Narvaez-Moran Michelle Hulme-Lippert Amber Wilk Best part about being on the YNPN RVA Membership Committee?

  • The people you get to work with!
  • Everyone gets along, works hard and are supportive of one another’s goals.
  • Forming genuine friendships.
  • Having fun with likeminded professionals.
Why join a YNPN RVA Committee?
  • To build relationships within YNPN RVA.
  • To improve, deepen and expand leadership skills.
  • To form tighter connection to the awesome people that make up YNPN RVA.
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YNPN RVA Members Only Happy Hour Tour of the Fan

MEMBERS ONLY HAPPY HOUR TOUR OF THE FAN Who: YNPN RVA Members only What: Join fellow YNPN members for light appetizers, drinks and networking as we tour the fan. Build your network as we begin at Sticky Rice and then move to 3 Monkeys Bar and Grill and F.W. Sullivan’s. YNPN will provide light appetizers at each location and members are responsible for purchasing their own beverages. When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Where: Begin at Sticky Rice (2232 W. Main St.), move to 3 Monkeys Bar and Grill (2525 W. Main St.) at 6:15, then move to F.W. Sullivan’s (2401 W. Main St.) at 7:00. Guests should look for street parking around the 2300 block of West Main Street, near where the tour will begin and end. Why: To strengthen your network of young nonprofit professionals in Richmond! Cost: Free for members (members will be responsible for purchasing their own beverages) Read more →


YNPN RVA Spotlight: Communications Committee

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) is looking for the next crop of young leaders!  Applications are open for the 2020 leadership team and we are recruiting for both board and committee members through September 6th!  Here's a peak into the work of the Communications Committee - one of 3 main committees for YNPN RVA! Committee Members: Victoria Sheridan Executive Administrator, Weinstein JCC Rachel Southard Donor Relations Associate, ICA at VCU  Cassie Cunningham Policy Director, Children’s Home Society of Virginia  Gabrielle Jones (co-chair 2018 & 2019) Digital News Editor, Virginia's home for Public Media (VPM) Stephanie Hathaway (co-chair 2019 & 2020) Regional Manager, Soles4Souls What's the best part about being on the YNPN RVA Communications Committee?

  • Being able to spread the word about the great events that YNPN RVA hosts for nonprofit professionals and individuals pursuing or considering a nonprofit career.
  • The opportunity to build soft-skills in a professional environment.
  • Working alongside hard-working YP’s who show up, take action and quickly accomplish the objectives to successfully communicate events and such to YNPN RVA members.
  • Getting to utilize some skills that you do not use on a daily basis at my job.
Why join a YNPN RVA Committee?
  • To get more involved with YNPN RVA and get a deeper understanding of everything it has to offer.
  • To network at a deeper level with other nonprofit professionals.
  • To give back to the nonprofit community.
  • The ability to meet new people.
  • To create a deeper connection with YNPN RVA members.
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The Top 5 Reasons to Join the YNPN RVA Leadership Team

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) is looking for the next crop of young leaders!  Applications are open for the 2020 leadership team and we are recruiting for both board and committee members through September 6th. We asked our current YNPN RVA Leadership how being a part of the team has benefited them, and below are the top 5 responses. They said that “being a part of the YNPN RVA Leadership Team, has helped me”:

  • build deeper connections with other nonprofit professionals
  • form a better understanding of the RVA nonprofit sector
  • gain skills or practice new ones
  • flex my leadership muscle
  • have fun while giving back!

“Being a part of YNPN RVA has allowed me to build friendships and professional connections with people from all across the city who are employed in diverse non-profit fields. Having a large and varied professional network has made me more aware and more appreciative of our larger nonprofit sector.” – Michael Parsons, Information Coordinator at Peter Paul Development Center & YNPN RVA Secretary 2018-2019

Members of the YNPN RVA Leadership Team are a part of one of three committees: Communications, Membership or Programs. The committees have approximately 5-7 members each and are led by their respective Co-Chairs. In addition, there is an Executive Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer/Staff. [caption id="attachment_103726" align="aligncenter" width="403"] YNPN RVA Committees and Focus Areas[/caption] For 2020 we are looking to fill the following positions: Co-Chair, Secretary, Communications Committee Co-Chair, and two Membership Committee Co-Chair positions, as well as recruiting for representatives for the Membership, Communications and Programs Committees. Learn more and apply here by September 6th! Read more →


YNPN RVA’s Workplace Culture Panel

Join YNPN RVA  as we welcome guests Bob Kelley, of Pure Culture, and Dr. Stephanie Bassett, of Peter Paul Development Center. This event will allow young professionals to get insight into managing the culture of the workplace and why it is important from a diverse group of professionals. Take away some best practices to put forth in your own workplaces and learn what it means to “manage the culture”.  There will also be time for networking with peers. What: YNPN RVA's Workplace Culture Panel Where: The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, 3409 Moore St., Richmond, VA 23230 When: Thursday August 29, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Parking: Street parking available Bring: Bagged lunch Cost: YNPN RVA Members – Free  /  Non-Members – $10 (learn more about 2019 YNPN RVA membership here) About the Speakers: Stephanie D. Bassett, Ed. D. has served students and families within the Commonwealth for 18 years providing leadership in instructional best practices, increasing student achievement, and parent and community engagement.  Dr. Bassett currently serves as Director of Education with Peter Paul Development Center. Prior to joining Peter Paul Development Center, Dr. Bassett held leadership positions with Petersburg City Public Schools, Essex County Public Schools and Orange County Public Schools.  She began her teaching career with Richmond Public Schools as an elementary teacher. Dr. Bassett holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a post master's certificate in educational leadership, a master's degree in elementary education, and a bachelor's degree in English all from Virginia Commonwealth University.   Bob Kelley consults, coaches, and speaks regionally and nationally on the topics of brand, strategy and culture. In 2004, he founded Pure Culture to fulfill a life long dream of helping organizations grow through leveraging the most important asset on the planet…people. Bob has extensive experience in brand positioning, strategic planning, culture transformation as well as customer and employee research. He is a frequent key note speaker at trade association conferences and corporate retreats. Bob holds a doctorate in education from the College of William and Mary, a master in human resource development from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in psychology from Florida State University. Bob is currently assistant professor of management in the VCU School of Business and VCU Brand Center. He teaches strategic management, advanced brand management, international consulting and culture to graduate and undergraduate students. Read more →


YNPN RVA Member Highlight July: Cristelle Brown

Name: Cristelle Brown Previous Position: Senior State Director, Partnerships, Spread the Vote Why did you join YNPN RVA and when? I joined YNPN in January 2019 in order to deepen my connection to the nonprofit professional community in RVA. What is your career background? I’ve been working as a nonprofit professional for five years. My work has spanned across higher education, large nonprofit associations, as well as small, homegrown organizations serving the Richmond community. I’ve worked primarily in programming, but in my most recent role, I served as the Senior State Director of Partnerships for Spread The Vote, a nationally-operating 501c3, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps individuals obtain government-issued photo identification for the purposes of voting, obtaining employment, securing housing, and so much more. What are your career goals? I look forward to one day scaling my own organization, the Cristelle Brown Legacy Foundation, to a full operation that allows me to serve communities of color on a deeper level. I strive to provide our communities with the tools, resources, and experience needed in order for them to live full lives. Why do you do what you do? I love providing and/or connecting people to the resources that they need to live out their fullest potential. Everyone deserves to see their dreams come into fruition. Favorite thing to do in Richmond? Festival season reminds me why I love living in Richmond. When the weather cooperates, I love heading over to whichever festival is running at the time and kicking back with friends. Enjoying the weather, a cup of beer or wine, great food, and performances by local/national artists. If you were to take over the YNPN Instagram page for a day, what would you show us? I'd show the YNPN audience some of my favorite places to collaborate and recharge across RVA. Read more →


Mindfulness with YNPN RVA and Project Yoga

Project Yoga Richmond’s goal is to make yoga accessible and affordable to practitioners of all abilities. On Monday night, they led YNPN RVA in a facilitated mindfulness discussion followed by an interactive yoga session. PYR also gave a moment for individuals to do a self-care check-in which asked the following questions based on the past 24 hours of your life:

  1. Have you stretched and moved your body?
  2. Have you paused for a moment and taken 5 deep breaths?
  3. Did you sleep at least 7-8 hours last night?
  4. Have you spent time in nature?
Mindfulness is more than a “buzz-word”, it is a way of life that requires a lot of practice and welcomed intention. YNPN RVA’s challenge was to take a moment and set an intention around 1 of the 4 questions above. What will you take a few moments to do more of this week? Missed the event? Join them at the mat for a class: https://projectyogarichmond.org/schedule Read more →


Members Only Article Club June (YNPN RVA 2019 Members Only)

Join YNPN RVA  for the “Article Club”, a monthly opportunity for members to engage in a diverse body of ideas, spanning social, economic, and cultural aspects of YP life. Read this month’s article and join us for an open discussion on generational changes in the workplace. This Month’s Read: “My Generation: How to bring multiple generations together in your workplace” Susan Fis, writer/editor at Storywell, asses generational gaps in the workplace by discussing the ways generational training, recruitment and retention, communication and training,  and technology work contribute to a successful work environment for many generations. This event is members-only and we ask that you register.   You can become a 2019 member of YNPN RVA here: https://www.connectva.org/ynpn-rva/

Article Club will help you build your:

BRAND: Discuss ways to become an advocate for diversity as you move through your career. NETWORK: Get to know your fellow YNPN RVA members better during open discussion. CAREER: Get insight into careers at local nonprofits by networking with fellow YNPN RVA members.

Event Details:

WHAT: Members Only Article Club June (YNPN RVA 2019 Members Only) WHEN: June 25, 2019, 8:00-9:00 am WHERE: The Lab by Alchemy Coffee, 814 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 (Carver) BRING: An electronic or paper copy of the article for discussion. COST: Free for 2019 YNPN RVA Members (learn about 2019 membership) PARKING: Street parking available Read more →