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    For the past several years, YNPN Boston has been conducting an annual survey to increase our understanding of the needs and opinions of Boston’s young nonprofit professionals. This annual survey informs our programming and advocacy work by providing critical information on the constituents we strive to serve (aka: YOU).

    Here are the top three reasons you should participate in the 2015 Young Nonprofit Professionals Survey and also share the survey in your network:

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    The holiday season marks a time for cheerful celebration after cheerful celebration. That, coupled with a full workload, can make for a mentally demanding winter. That’s why we’ve come up with five tips to help you put your best foot forward this season and avoid potential stressors that can lead to burnout. 

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    Imagine not crashing at 4:00 P.M. every work day before heading out to another evening event. Or waking up on Monday morning recharged and ready for your week. This is really possible and our upcoming workshop will help you get started on regaining balance in your life. 

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  • 12/09/15--19:19: Resource Roundup: Self-Care
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    Self-care is a critical component of being an effective nonprofit professional, especially over the holidays, but it can feel as mythical as a unicorn. That’s why we recently shared self-care tips for the holidays.

    We asked you to contribute your favorite resources and were inspired by your responses. From yoga and meditation to coloring books and dance nights, you reminded us that self-care takes many different forms! These 10 tips will help you feel balanced and refreshed this holiday season and beyond:

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  • 01/26/16--17:02: 2015 Year In Review
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    Our "On the Move" series highlights members of our YNPN Boston Leadership Team who have recently transitioned into new jobs. Noelani Alexis, a YNPN Boston Ambassador, shares her reflections on her recent job search.

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    The holiday dust has settled, the first month of 2016 has flown by, and the new year no longer has its polished sheen that looked so good on January 1. What’s a young nonprofit professional to do? Even if the year has lost its new car smell, you can still park the stress and steer yourself to inspiration for the 11 months ahead of you.

    How? By setting aside some YOU time to reflect on “Your Year-in-Review.” This downloadable worksheet is our gift to you to help you learn from 2015 and get focused and motivated for a phenomenal 2016.

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    Remember when 2016 was shiny and new and you made professional development resolutions in a haze of champagne-fueled optimism? If your goals are seeming difficult in the cold light of winter day, you aren’t alone. According to this cheery article from U.S. News and World Report, 80% of all resolutions fail by the second week of February.

    That’s why YNPN Boston is launching Nonprofit Squad Goals, a regular series of challenges to help you tackle your professional development goals in small, bite-sized pieces throughout the year. We’ll offer advice and give you a platform to network with other young nonprofit professionals who have committed to making 2016 the best year yet for their careers. You can join the challenge and share your journey by using the hashtag #npsquadgoals.

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    Nonprofit Squad Goals is a regular series of challenges to help you tackle your professional development goals in small, bite-sized pieces throughout the year. We’ll offer advice and give you a platform to network with other young nonprofit professionals who have committed to making 2016 the best year yet for their careers. You can join the challenge and share your journey by using the hashtag #npsquadgoals.

    In our 2015 Young Nonprofit Professional survey, 93% of you told us that building leadership skills is crucial to your professional growth. Now, we dare you to take action by joining our second challenge of the year: Build Your Leadership Skills!

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    ynpn_learningtolead_web_rPark.pngBefore YNPN Boston, I didn’t consider myself a networker or connector, and I hadn’t reflected much on long-term career goals. My two-year term as an ambassador on the Communications & Marketing team changed all of that by introducing me to peer mentorship, career development, and a support network.

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    Boston is not the easiest place to make friends. I moved here from Louisiana, and initially found it challenging to navigate the social scene. I relied pretty heavily on YNPN Boston resources, including its listserv and social media channels, to learn about professional opportunities and networking events.

    About a year into my time in Boston, I joined the YNPN Boston board as its Treasurer. I was working at a large nonprofit consulting firm, and I was feeling disconnected from the day-to-day work and impact of the nonprofit sector. My time on the YNPN Boston board helped me connect to my new home town and understand the local nonprofit sector better.

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    I attended my first YNPN Boston event on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6 pm at Boston University’s School of Management, Room 416. The YNPN Boston leadership team team was looking to recruit new members to its board, and I was interested in connecting with a nonprofit community in Boston. I had moved to Boston a year earlier from the Twin Cities, and I was searching for my local nonprofit people. I was familiar with the YNPN chapter in Minnesota, and hoped to find the same passion for nonprofit organizations in Boston.

    After attending that first event, it became clear that these people might, in fact, be my people. The enthusiasm in Room 416 was contagious, and it was clear that the YNPN Boston’s leadership cared deeply about the organization’s mission and about professional development for emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector.

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    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 
    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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    YNPN Boston is a big reason that I play a lot of board games in support of great nonprofits. But more on that in a moment…

    Way back in 2009, I was in a slump. I’d moved back to Boston after finishing business school, and I just couldn’t find a job that was a good fit. Besides a project here and there, I was spending lots of time studying my Stanford Social Innovation Review, doing New York Times crossword puzzles (mostly Mondays, really), and searching high and low for informational interviews.

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  • 04/04/16--02:00: Learning to Lead: Matt Ng


    Call it millennial idealism if you will, but, for as long as I can recall, I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact on my local community. However, it can be difficult to identify volunteer opportunities where there is a mutually agreeable fit between a nonprofit’s needs and a young professional’s background, skills, and goals. Cue YNPN Boston.

    I initially heard about the YNPN Boston Ambassador program through a LinkedIn post from a Leadership Team member. While I thought a cohort of nonprofit Ambassadors was an attractive concept, I wasn’t sure that I was the intended audience, since my professional nonprofit experience is limited to an internship and my full-time position is in the private sector. But, I channeled my inner Mindy Kaling (“Why not me?”) and submitted an application a few hours before the deadline. Nearly a year later, I’m happy to say that YNPN Boston has been a valuable experience that has strengthened my network by connecting me with nonprofit agencies, professionals, and resources.

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    Our last Networking with a Twist event series focused on assessing individual working styles and finding our nonprofit “soulmates”. Why is this important, you ask? Each one of us has a different persona in the office, and we all play a crucial role in making sure our teams develop and succeed. By recognizing how we best work and communicate, we become self-aware, and therefore we are able to utilize our strengths and address our weaknesses in the office. 

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    Tuesday, May 17

    6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Hostelling International, 19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

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