Many times, chamber events center on specific constituencies. In hundreds of communities, chambers have established complete calendars of events and programs to serve large cadres of young professionals. YP entities and their events are often semi-autonomous from the chamberís regular calendar of programs. Events for young professionals can range from leadership series, happy hours, health and fitness groups and much more. Get an idea of the events you can offer from the samples below.
- ACCE's Young Professionals GoogleGroup email list and private Facebook group. Contact Molly Blankenship to be added.
- Recordings of group calls:
- ACCE's Young Professionals Networking Linkedin Group: Join other YP group managers to share successes, challenges and best practices.
- Music City: A Talent Magnet - by Ben Goldstein, Chamber Executive magazine (Spring 2017)
- Millennial Matchmaking in the Fox Cities, by Michelle Vegliante, Chamber Executive magazine (Fall 2016)
- Bridging the Generation Divide: Seize opportunities with millennials through engagement and communication - by Mark Owens, Chamber Executive magazine (Spring 2016)
- The Nature of Belonging and Gathering - From the Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2025 issue of Chamber Executive magazine (Spring 2015)
- Population Shift - From the Horizon Initiative: Chambers 2025 issue of Chamber Executive magazine (Spring 2015)
- Changing Generations Mean a Changing Workplace, by Josh Dukelow, Chamber Executive magazine (Summer 2014)
- Some Thoughts on Millennials, by Chris Bruhl, Chamber Executive magazine (Summer 2014)
- Deep Investments in Young Professionals Can Pay Off - by Molly Foley, IOM, Chamber Executive magazine (Spring 2012)
Case Studies & Research
Articles, Blogs & e-Books
- The Obvious Benefit That Young Members Are Looking For - by Joe Rominiecki, Associations Now (June 2016). A study suggests associations overlook the primary motivation for young members: jobs. Also important are conferences, networking, and advocacy.
- Instagram For Events: How Event Planners Can Engage Millennials - from Bizzabo Blog (2/25/2016)
- Speed and Trust: Why Millennials Need Both, by Maddie Grant, SocialFish (February 2016)
- Adapting Your Chamber For The Millennial Generation - Accrinet Blog series by Josh Dukelow, Vice President, Public Policy and Leadership, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (Wis.) (2015)
- New Study on Millennials Means Bad News for Chambers - blog post by Christina Green, from Frank J. Kenny Consulting (March 2014)
- 6 Critical Strategies for Recruiting, Engaging & Retaining Younger Members, article by Jay Handler, Membership180 (February 2014)
- #Hashtags and Happy Hours: 44 Fun Ideas to Engage Millenials - from WebLink International. Provides social media tips and event ideas.
- Four Challenges Associations Face in Engaging Young Professionals - e-Book from WebLink International discusses characteristics of each generation in the workforce, outlines the challenges facing associations in dealing with a multi-generational audience, and suggests strategies to effective engage younger professionals.
- Younger This Year: A Guide to Increasing Young Professional Membership - WebLink International
Young Professionals Programs & Samples
Chambers and Internship Programs
- See all Internships samples from ACCE's Samples Library
- Greater Grads / Education & Workforce Development - Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's program helps keep local grads in the local workforce through job fairs, intern programs, and employee/employer resources.
- Greater Providence Chamber (R.I.) collaborates with the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority and several other partners to expand the number of internships available to students through bRIgde, a program that works to bridge jobs and talent for employers and offers an online internship website. The program is also outlined in Rhode Islandís 2014 Legislative Action Plan Rhode to Work.
- Internships.com at Raleigh - The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.) has partnered with Internships.com to provide employers and students with a place to connect. Employers can post internships, access a student resume database, and receive expert insight--for free. Students and recent graduates can search the company database for internship opportunities at no charge.
- Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce trains and certifies young adults to become work-ready through its LA Youth at Work program, which includes a multi-step process that seeks to jumpstart the future careers for L.A. area youth. The program serves several thousand youth each year through its Job Skills Workshops. The chamber then connects students who have successfully completed a workshop and mock interview process to internship and job opportunities in the region.
- Internships Nashville - The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's (Tenn.) internship programs typically involve multiple participants. These include the student population, the employers and the educational organization. For each participant, there are considerations as to what an effective program entails.
- Event + Program Intern Position Description - Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's Intern job description. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This position works with the Events and Program Department team.
- INTERN South Bend Region - South Bend Regional Chamberís INTERN South Bend Region program increases the quantity and quality of experiential learning in the South Bend Region.
- Tulsa Regional Chamber (Okla.) launched Tulsaís Young Professionals, an organization that works to attract and retain young talent in Tulsa, and Intern In Tulsa, an online portal to engage students and employers in internship opportunities.
Special Programming and Events
- Corporate Toboggan Speed Challenge - This popular annual event, hosted by the Young Professionals Network of Steuben County, raises funds for leadership development programming. The event celebrates a quarter-mile Toboggan track with team downhill racing, a buffet dinner, and an awards presentation.
- Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an a 30-week afterschool program aimed at educating and instructing students from middle school and high school about the art of entrepreneurship. These students come up with and design their own business plans and pitch them to a panel of local investors in order to gain funding for their own small businesses.
- The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce (Texas) partnered with the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District to create the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. This video is a reflection on the first year of the YEA program.
- The Visalia Chamber of Commerce (Calif.) and Tulare Chamber Commerce (Calif.) jointly sponsor a YEA! program in their community; several members of the Visalia Chamber's Young Professionals group serve as mentors.
Convention & Seminar Resources
- Attracting and Keeping Millenial Talent: 2016 ACCE Convention eCourse. Millennials are now the largest (and most diverse) group in the workforce. They are also highly mobile. Learn how communities are leveraging their quality of life assets to attract and retain millennial talent. Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes. Cost: $15 for 1 year of unlimited access for all your chamber staff.
- Attracting and Keeping Millenial Talent - Presentation by Matthew Tarleton, Vice President, Market Street Services; Kate Atwood, Vice President, Marketing, Metro Atlanta Chamber (Ga.); Shannon Full, President and CEO, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (Wis.); Shannon Hoeg, President, JSS Communications. From the 2016 ACCE Annual Convention.
- Developing Young Professionals in Your Chamber - Presentation handout from Gina Spagnola of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce (Texas), from the 2015 Chamber Events Training Conference.
- Leadership Programs that Attract YPs - Presentation handout from Richard Winstch, Director, Leadership & Community Development at ChamberRVA (Va.), from the 2015 ACCE Annual Convention.
Videos, Webinars & ACCE U Resources
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