June edition of The Bridge: YNPN Twin Cities Monthly e-Newsletter 

Our Newest Board Member | Jenna Wade

YNPN is happy to welcome another new board member into the fold! Meet Jenna Wade, Communications Specialist for Fresh Energy. We want you to get to know her, and what better way than direct from the source? Hear from Jenna as she answers 7 questions from us about her professional and personal life:


#ynpchat: Real Talk| Diversity

Diversity and the nonprofit sector’s struggles with it are on the minds of many young nonprofit professionals these days. With that in mind, YNPN Twin Cities made it a priority this year to carve out space to have those conversations. We kicked it off a couple months back with a very in-demand event about Race and Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector. And on June 1, we moved it online—cohosting the monthly Twitter #ynpchat (young nonprofit professionals chat) on the subject of diversity.

From the Blog|
Take a Leap: Tips for Changing Your Career

Change is hard, but making a career change can be harder.

My dream job is to work in a rural African village doing community development and education alongside my wife, who is a nurse. At first, I really struggled making the leap to Africa in my mind and career, but now I’m slowly taking steps to my dream job.


  • Meet our New Board Member
  • #ynpchat on Diversity
  • Take a Leap
  • Nominations Needed for Classy Awards
  • How to Get from Networking to Netbuilding


Emerging Leaders Network Lunch

Friday, June 17, Noon-1pm
Topic: Board of Directors 101
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave W. #20, St. Paul
FREESeats go fast, so arrive early!

Do-Gooder Games: Save the Date!

Monday, Aug 11, begins at 5pm
Minnehaha Falls Park Pavilion
Get reeady to compete in various events to see who's the Do-Goodiest!
Save-the-Date. Check the website for more info!



Saturday, June 18th, 8:30am-4pm
CoCo - Coworking and collaborative space
213 4th Street East, #400, St. Paul

An alternative "unconference" held annually.
FREE. Registration required.

Saving Troubled Projects

Thursday, June 23, 7:30-9am
Continuing Education & Conference Center, U of M (St. Paul)
Topic: Learn more about project management skills you can apply immediately to your work!
FREE. Registration required.

MAP Techworks

Wednesday, July 13th, 8:30-11am
MAP for Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W, Suite 28, St. Paul
Topic: How to Play Nice with Google: SEO Best Practices to Increase Your Web Traffic
FREE. Registration required.

Nominate a Young Nonprofit Professional for a Classy!

Have you heard about the Classy Awards? YNPN has formed a new partnership with The Classy Awards, which recognizes the top philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses, fundraisers and volunteers from around the country. YNPN Twin Cities would like to encourage you to submit a nomination for a deserving local nonprofit, business or individual.

Q&As | How can I become a networking SUPERSTAR?

In this edition of Q&As, I caught up with Lars Leafblad—recently named the "most networked" man in the Twin Cities—to discuss the ins and outs of becoming a top-notch networker. Find out what skill Lars says is even more important than networking, and how you can learn to do it!
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