PLATTSBURGH - It's a new twist on a still very new event - speed networking - for nonprofit organizations.
The Adirondack Young Professionals, a nonprofit group in its own right which "seeks to create networking opportunities for young professionals in the North Country," held the event at Olive Ridley's April 22. Nineteen nonprofits participated, much to the delight of organizers.
Sarah McCune, vice president of the ADKYP board of directors, said she was glad the organization could bring young professionals and civic organizations together to help young people have to give back to their community.
"One of the goals of the ADKYP group is to endorse, encourage and support our community in every effort to create an area that attracts and retains young professionals," said McCune. "One way for individuals to feel connected and committed to their community is to get involved in a civic organization. The more connected a person is, the more likely they are to stay."
Last year, the ADKYP hosted its first speed networking event, bringing together local professionals as an opportunity to meet one another in a timely fashion, similar to a speed dating format. This year, the event, sponsored by Glens Falls National Bank and Trust, gave organizations the opportunity to explain in three-minute intervals what they do in the community and what membership and volunteer opportunities they offer.
"Our first speed networking event we had in the fall last year was such a success we decided we wanted to do a couple again this year," explained McCune. "With the need for more volunteers in our area and the desire to volunteer shown through formal and informal surveys of young professionals, I thought it would be a great idea to put a twist on the speed networking and bring the civic organizations and the young professionals together in the speed networking style."