Amplifying Emerging Voices - Idealist and YNPN Team Up

Amplifying Emerging Voices - Idealist and YNPN Team Up

YNPN’s primary mission is to activate AND engage emerging leaders in a number of ways.  One key way that we achieve both pieces of this mission is to provide them with platforms that not only allow our members to develop new skills but also highlight what talent already exists amongst emerging leaders in the sector.  Programming such as our LaunchPad Fellowship provide such a platform internally, but we get even more excited when we are able to provide these opportunities via partners in the field.

That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about a recent partnership we forged with the seminal source for connection to the nonprofit -! Editor and former YNPNer, Allison Jones, approached us with the idea to team up to offer YNPN members an opportunity to expand their network, strengthen their writing skills, and add their voice to the growing conversation about impact careers by writing for Idealist Careers - a project of launched to help the millions of people who come to find, land, and love their jobs.

Once the call for writers to cover topics such as interviews with thought leaders, job search hacks, and book reviews was put out to our social media networks, it became abundantly clear that this is the sort of opportunity YNPNers are looking for.  We saw 348 clicks on the application alone and over 1800 views on Facebook.

Five talented YNPN members were selected:

Kari Mirkin, YNPN Cleveland. Column: Unabridged: A monthly review of books that inspire, inform, and challenge our views

IMG_0809Kari’s underlying philosophy of work in the nonprofit sector is that we need to ensure equal and easy access to the things that make us who we are: the arts, culture, and lifelong learning. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, she received her Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University while working at a Cleveland organization providing technical assistance and training to nonprofit professionals. She is one of the co-founders of YNPN Cleveland and now serves proudly on the organization’s national board. She’s a self-proclaimed history buff (okay, nerd) and magazine junkie. You can find herhere and here, and access a report she helped research and write here.


Leah Weiner, YNPN LA. Column: Executive director’s corner

Headshot 1ALeah Weiner, Ed. D. serves as the Executive Director of The Division for Early Childhood, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing the field of special education. Leah has a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and a background in fundraising, volunteer management, board development, and planning giving. She provides consulting for small to mid-size nonprofits.



Lauren Anderson, YNPN Chicago. Column: An international lens on doing good

LaurenProfessionalLauren Anderson has completed fellowship programs in Vietnam and Finland, studied abroad in Costa Rica, taught English in Spain, but remains a Michigan kid at heart. She worked at the U.S.CDC Center for Global Health’s Policy Office, managed a grant with the International Labor Organization, and worked for her mother the toughest job so far. Lauren has a Masters in Health Management from Columbia University and BA from the University of Michigan.



Alyson Weiss, YNPN Boston. Column: Job search hacks for the new world of work

Alyson Alone Square CropAlyson Weiss works for a career services nonprofit in Boston doing outreach and communications. She is deeply interested in translating complex social justice issues into accessible, actionable items; social media; Netflix marathons; and food trucks. Find her on LinkedIn or Twitter to start a conversation about social media marketing, professional development opportunities for young professionals, or why Twitter is like “Aaron’s Party.”




Patricia Gentry, YNPNdc. Column: Career and cause chats with sector leaders

PGentry_PhotoPatricia Gentry is the senior operations manager at Share Our Strength where she supports over 80 culinary events including Taste of the Nation® and No Kid Hungry dinners across America. Originally from Sims, Indiana, Patricia moved to Washington, DC to pursue her interests in the non-profit sector, where she worked with The Fund for American Studies before starting her work with Share Our Strength. To further her personal and professional development and to broaden her network, Patty joined as a committee member of the YNPNdc member engagement committee where she is currently serving her second year.




We’re pretty psyched at the variety of topics and unique perspectives that these dynamic young writers will be bringing to both Idealist Careers and  Stay tuned for new content from one of these writers weekly, cross-posted on Idealist and YNPN!

Our Supporters

twi_logo_lg.pngKresgeFoundationLogo.jpglumina-foundation.pnghaas.gifAmerican Express Foundation