12 Days of YNPN: Launchpad Fellowship Program Takes Off
In 2013, we said farewell to our first group of Launchpad Fellows and brought on our second class of talented young nonprofit professionals to work with the national organization.
Funded by the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Launchpad Fellowship is a way for YNPN to develop young talent while also extending the capacity and resources of the organization. These paid fellowships provide young professionals with the opportunity to work part-time for YNPN to develop infrastructure and systems that help us fulfill our mission.
We reached out to our fellows and asked them to tell us about their fellowship experience:
Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward, Talent Coordinator (2012 - 2013)
“Since the start of my career, I’d felt called to help leaders (and myself) live out their commitments to social change in sustainable, healthy, effective ways. YNPN gave me an incredible opportunity to put that calling into action. As national Talent Coordinator, I shaped the organizational culture, leadership structures, and strategic planning of a national movement of nonprofit professionals; a fascinating population of young leaders who were building the early foundations of their careers, and supporting each other in the process. I can’t say enough great things about this learning and leadership experience.”
Ebony Harley, Chapter Resources Coordinator (2013 - 2014)
"Being a LaunchPad Fellow for the past couple of months has been a really neat experience. I've loved having the opportunity to not only learn more about the nonprofit sector, but about the amazing young professionals across the YNPN network that comprise it. Definitely looking forward to what the next 6 months as a LPF have in store!"
Jessica Jesswein, Conference Coordinator (2013 - 2014)
"My favorite memory so far as a fellow was our Baltimore retreat. I got to bond with these other people I'll be sharing this year's experiences with. I'm also enjoying working with the brains at the Twin Cities chapter, they are brilliant and have the best ideas and have made planning the 2014 National Leaders Conference a breeze."
Jamie Smith, Communications Coordinator (2013 - 2014)
"The Launchpad Fellowship has been an incredible opportunity for professional growth. I've been given real opportunities to dig in and do creative, interesting work. Trish and the Board of Directors so clearly believe in us and what we're doing and it's been wonderful to get to work with such a smart and capable group of staff, board members, and other fellows."
Ashley Hartman, Field Coordinator (2012 - 2013)
"The LaunchPad Fellowship came at just the right time in my career. It was a great space to learn new skills, push myself professionally, and further investment in the nonprofit sector. Through the Fellowship I gained the confidence to take on new leadership roles in my local chapter. What I loved most about the Fellowship was the people - getting to work with national board members and staff, local chapter leaders and the other fellows. Their energy for social good is contagious. The YNPN family is filled with some of the brightest, hardest working and passionate people I have had the honor of working with. I know that network will be part of me the rest of my career."
If you're interested in joining our next class of Launchpad Fellows, check back next summer for more information about the application process.