As my time at the PCNRC comes to a sad close, I am left feeling excited and eager to see what’s to come next. Where do the taller end of twenty-something’s go to unleash creativity and energy in the non-profit sector? Is my limited experience seen as a drawback for being unqualified or an asset for fresh ideas? Wherever I end up next, I wonder how my future peers will view the generation I belong to as well as the opinions and values that they may inadvertently assume come with.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy‘s “Leading Edge” blog recently published a post by Rosetta Thurman that addresses this interesting topic. In particular, it sheds light on the semantics of how we choose to name and brand those of the “next generation” as exactly such: next – meaning, not now. It is easy to take this diffusive term for granted, and as we use it more and more, when does the the future become the now?
You can read the article here.
BoardSource‘s “Board Life Matters” blog furthers the discourse by tuning in on the “next” generation’s role on nonprofit boards. The article pokes at the reasons of why presence of young people on boards is lacking (i.e. mis-perception of their commitment, recruitment occurs from a homogeneous pool). The perspective of the younger generation is also suggested (i.e. assumption that board service is not accessible, they are unqualified).
You can read the post here.
If you are interested in participating in or learning more about how younger generations are getting involved in the nonprofit sector, here are a list of local and online resources available for exploration:
- NeXtGen Digest is a monthly networking lunch group for young nonprofit professionals in Northeast IN.
- YLNI (Young Leaders of Northeast IN) is a group of young professionals who are engaged in the community through various events and initiatives.
- Building Movement Project has many resources to aid in inter-generational structuring and young leadership.
- NINA (Northeast IN Nonprofit Alliance) offers the Emerging Leaders Development Program annually, where leadership and management training is provided to develop individuals for potential executive positions.
You can also come check out these helpful tools from us at PCNRC:
* “Generations: the challenge of a lifetime for your nonprofit” by Peter Rickhoff is also available on CD*
– Leslie Wong-Rutt, PCNRC Intern, 11/09-5/10