Think Tanks are ad hoc groups of chapter leaders, National Board members, and National staff who come together to develop solutions for the network. A more accurate name for these groups would be “Think and Do Tanks” because the goal is that their work will result in concrete, actionable next steps for the network.
We piloted the Think Tank model earlier this year to help address the feedback that we received from chapters around the affiliation agreement and to move toward more co-creative processes between chapters and National. Based on the success of these think tanks, we have identified two new groups to come together and think about issues facing the network: Shared Fundraising and Job Board.
The Shared Fundraising Think Tank will develop a framework for shared fundraising between National and chapters, considering the following questions:
- How can a shared fundraising model increase the sustainability of the network?
- What fundraising approach would be consistent with the values of the network and create space for collaboration between chapters and National?
The Job Board Think Tank will develop a proposal for a national job board, considering the following questions:
- What value can a YNPN national job board offer to members, chapters and National?
- What capacity will it require to launch? Will it yield a return on investment?
- How does a job board advance talent development in the social sector and align with YNPN’s mission?
The Think Tanks will meet from June to November 2016. For more information on the timeline and background of each think tank, please read this overview. Contact Amber Cruz Mohring at email@example.com by July 1st to join.
We are looking for chapter leaders committed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within their chapters and the national network. You will work with your fellow chapter leaders and National staff in setting EDI priorities for the network, as well as create spaces for chapter leaders to come together to talk about EDI work happening in their local chapters.
Learn more about what the EDI committee did last year here.
Join the committee here.
Have questions and suggestions? Email Hafizah Omar at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're excited to be working with really amazing chapter leaders to continue the work around equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Alicia Ridenour (YNPN Boston)
- Alyson Weiss (YNPN Boston)
- Carlos A. Trejo (YNPN Chicago)
- Gary Williams (YNPN Baltimore)
- Jalisa Whitley (YNPN National Board Member)
- Jamie Smith (YNPN National Co-Executive Director)
- Jessica Griffin (YNPN Triangle NC)
- Kirsten Brinlee (YNPN Baltimore)
- Lindsay Bacher (YNPN Twin Cities)
- Sarah McCann (YNPN Baltimore)
Learn more about our EDI work last year here. If you're interested in being part of this committee, please email Hafizah Omar at email@example.com
We're looking for 3 - 5 chapter leaders to help select breakout sessions for the Leaders Institute (Days 2 & 3 of the conference). You'll work with our network engagement staff members as well as members of YNPN Portland to select the 6 - 9 sessions that will be presented at the conference. We anticipate that it will take fewer than 5 hours to review the applications and meet to discuss them.
Session review and selection will take place during the month of April, so please only apply if you are available during this month. To join the review committee, reach out to Chapter Support Coordinator Dominic Braham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to hiring a NationBuilder Integration Coordinator to help with technical support for chapters, we're looking for a group of chapter leaders who are interested in re-forming the Data Squad. The Data Squad originally started in 2014 as a way to identify the database for the network.
Now that we've not only selected that database but begun to bring chapters onto it, we're looking to re-form the Data Squad to help identify ways that the network can utilize NationBuilder for maximum benefit. This would involve keeping tabs on NationBuilder's new feature releases, developing resources on NationBuilder, and keeping an eye out for innovative ways that YNPN chapters and others are using the platform.
We estimate that this would be a commitment of only a few hours a month and would be a great way to gain some experience and expertise in software management and technology strategy. If you're interested in helping us bring the squad back, please get in touch with Co-ED Jamie at email@example.com.
We're looking for a NationBuilder Integration Coordinator who can help support the onboarding onto NationBuilder and data work of their fellow chapter leaders. We've found that the NIC model is a great way for chapters to get timely technical support from a fellow chapter leader who has an understanding of the context and constraints that our chapters are working with.
This is a paid position with a stipend of $2,000 to cover a contract period from February to October of this year. We also cover the travel and registration costs for our NICs to attend the National Conference, which is worth nearly an additional $1,000. NICs spend 10 hours per week providing support and responding to questions from other chapters.
For more details on what the role entails, see the job description below.Read more
Over the last year we've been having critical discussions on the future of Chapter Congress and how we can increase transparency between chapters and National as we become more closely affiliated.
To further advance that work, we're piloting a new kind of working group that will allow chapter leader, staff, and National Board members to work together to develop concrete proposals for how the work of the network is conducted. We're calling them Think Tanks, although they're really Think and Do Tanks. These groups will conduct background research into an issue and possible solutions, draft proposals, and present those proposals for review from other chapter leaders on our Chapter Congress calls.
We're looking for chapter leaders to join two Think Tanks on the issues of network decision-making and transparency & feedback between chapters and National. These groups will kick off their work in February 2016 and we anticipate that the group's work will conclude in November 2016.
If you're interested in participating in one of these Think Tanks, please reach out to Co-ED Jamie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.