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Introducing the GGF Young Professionals

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The Graduate School would like to introduce you to the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals – an organization that we believe many of our UND graduate students would like to learn more about. If you are looking for fun ways to network, leadership opportunities or ways to get involved in the community, then GGFYP is for you.  In an effort to bring together town and gown, we invited GGFYP to share a blog of introduction.

I have one question for you: “YP… Why Not?”

I suppose I should back up and introduce myself. My name is Stacey Heggen, and I’m the Executive Director for the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, or as we like to call ourselves, YP. Consider this your invitation to join us!

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, or GGFYP, is a nonprofit group dedicated to helping the region’s young professionals get more involved in their community, stay connected to one another and giving them a bigger voice. To our members, we offer volunteer opportunities and a way to network with other young professionals. To our community, we offer our energy and enthusiasm. GGFYP is involved in events such as ArtSee, the annual showcase of area artists, Beans on the Bank, a chili cook-off and Launch Grand Forks, a survey of young professionals and their hopes for the region.

Simply put, The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals are both young and young at heart. We care about our community, and we represent the interests of the 20-40 year olds in our area. We are made up of college students, pencil pushers, parents, and people whose collars come in many colors. We love living here and we think other people should too. We plan some two dozen events throughout the year for our members to network and learn. Through our committees, our members are able to get involved in both GGFYP and the community.

What does it take to be a member? Committing to:

Launch Grand Forks. This means looking at your community through the lens of possibility. It means encouraging our children, our leaders, and our neighbors to think bigger and more optimistically about Grand Forks’ future. It means valuing the people, places, and quality of life in Grand Forks and instilling the community with a renewed sense of pride.

Be supportive. Be actively involved in the organization and represent the interests and beliefs of the organization. Here are some ideas on how to be involved: raise your hand for leadership opportunities, step forward with new ideas, attend events, invest in another member – personally or professionally, recruit other members, help secure funding, add ideas to this list.

Pay up. Pay your dues when your dues are due. ($35/year- basically a steak dinner on a Saturday night) That’s it.

We believe in empowering our members to take on leadership and organizational roles for different events with our different committees. Board members and committee chairs are elected positions, but anyone can join a committee or more than one, if the volunteer bug has bit you hard.

Board of Directors

Community Involvement

Marketing Committee

Professional Development Committee

Programs Committee

Social Committee

Again, we encourage anyone and everyone to join us, whether you are in the professional working world or the professional student world. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: Stacey@ggfyp.com. Our website, www.ggfyp.com, also has more fun information about our group. We hope you will join us!

And if you have a minute, check out a couple of their videos by Matt and Michaela.


Written by School of Graduate Studies

October 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

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