A YNPN Cleveland member had the chance to attend "For the People, by the People, in a Digital Age" at The City Club of Cleveland on October 18.
This year, we're so excited to offer our members the chance to attend engaging and career-strengthening professional development events in the area, free of charge! YNPN Cleveland will pay the admission price of attending select professional development programming for accepted applicants. Cleveland has many incredible opportunities for young professionals to engage with their peers as well as with seasoned veterans in a variety of fields, and we're excited to offer this opportunity to our members.
Julie Gregg, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University (one of our organizational members), attended The City Club of Cleveland forum "For the People, by the People, in a Digital Age" on October 18 and shared her experience:
"My experience at the City Club forum "For the People, by the People, in a Digital Age" with Jennifer Pahlka was a great opportunity to network and learn more about data in problem-solving and social change. Listening to Jennifer Pahlka was inspiring and opened my eyes to how data and technology can be used to combat injustice. Learning about the development of code and applications that assist with SNAP applications or clearing a criminal record that increases efficiency and does so with respect and dignity was eye-opening. I am very interested in the intersection of data and nonprofits but do not have any experience in the tech development field. Being able to ask, where does a young professional and connect with resources in the room gave me hope for my future work and the sector as a whole.
Although the content of the lecture was enriching and contributed to my learning, the best part of attending the City Club Forum was getting to know individuals at my table. I was blessed to sit with Tony and Jean. They were so welcoming and interested in my passions and work. We learned so much about each other as we ate our lunch. Although there was a large age difference between us, we were able to connect on so many levels. They were curious about my Peace Corps Service and shared about their work with local refugee families. It is not often that I have had such a fulfilling conversation with complete strangers. There is something about the City Club atmosphere that fosters relationship building and community all while learning something new. I am thankful for YNPN for the opportunity to attend this City Club Forum and expand my knowledge and network."
Julie is a member of YNPN Cleveland through the CWRU Organizational Membership and applied to our Community Development Funds program. To learn more about the program, or to discover future opportunities to apply, follow YNPN Cleveland on social media or sign up for our email newsletter.