Local Chapters and National Affiliation

Chapter Operating System

The Chapter Operating System (OS) came about in 2014 as YNPN went through unprecedented growth and needed to address chapters' and the network's growing need for infrastructure and resources.

The Chapter OS aims to strengthen the YNPN network by providing local chapters with shared infrastructure and upgraded resources and operational support from YNPN National. These resources, along with a clear affiliation agreement between local chapters and YNPN National, will allow us to operate effectively and continue to be a leader in the sector and a reliable, accessible, effective leadership development space for young professionals.

There are four key components to the Chapter Operating System:

  • Clear affiliation between local chapters and National, which allows YNPN chapters to operate independently but with the support and resources of a national network.

  • Shared data platform through NationBuilder, which allows for effective engagement and impact measurement at the local and national levels.

  • Upgraded services that support chapter work, including capacity building services through an enhanced leaders site, technical assistance programs, and upgrades to current programs like the National Conference & Leaders Institute.

  • Shared membership & investment that gives the YNPN network greater financial autonomy and keeps it sustainable.


Learn more about the Chapter OS here.


Affiliation Structure

YNPN chapters are separate legal entities from YNPN National and are treated as such in terms of finances and general liability. However, YNPN local chapters are expected to formally affiliate with YNPN National through an affiliation agreement.

Affiliation with YNPN National gives local chapters access to things like a shared technological platform and database, a space for training and peer-learning, connection to YNPN branding, and tools for data and impact measurement.

In return, YNPN chapters agree to a basic set of standards necessary for a strong network and a strong chapter that can serve its members and community. Chapter and YNPN National are currently in the process of working together to develop those standards of effectiveness.

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