ORD — Young leaders from across the state will gather to network and build skills at the 2020 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit. The community of Ord has been selected out of numerous community proposals to host the biennial event. The summit is scheduled for Oct. 22-23, 2020 at Trotter Event Center.

Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Fund is a statewide network focused on empowering young Nebraskans to connect, lead and shape the future of our communities and state. The network is a dynamic and diverse group of more than 900 peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn and the desire to build important relationships to help shape the future of Nebraska.

Volunteers from across the state work together with CYN Network Coordinator Rhonda Veleba to strategize and develop the summit. This year will be the seventh CYN summit with the goal of energizing, developing and retaining talented young people in our communities.

“The energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with exceptional individuals from both the host community team in Ord and the CYN steering team,” Veleba said. “The selection process was difficult. It is incredible how diverse the community planning teams were and how much energy the applications exuded.”

CYN’s 2018 Summit was held in Pender and attracted more than 150 young leaders representing 44 Nebraska communities. The 2018 Summit was facilitated in an “un-conference” style which allowed attendees to host table top discussions around subjects that were important to them and the future of their hometowns. Many participants commented on the event’s unique format which deviated from the typical expert-audience model. Ninety-seven percent reported that the Summit motivated them to make a difference in their community.

“Our 2020 Summit will look at ways to recapture the energy and enthusiasm we saw at our last event but will also challenge us to tackle new topics on the minds of young Nebraskans hailing from communities large and small,” said Jonathan Jank, CYN co-chair. “I encourage communities and organizations to begin thinking about the young leaders in their own place who would benefit from attending.”

Registration for the CYN 2020 Summit will open next year. For more information, visit ConnectingYoungNebraskans.org.

About Connecting Young Nebraskans

Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Fund is a statewide network focused on empowering young Nebraskans to connect, lead and shape the future of our communities and state. CYN is working to enhance the opportunities for individuals ages 21-40 to impact their communities through networking and learning experiences. The CYN network is a dynamic and diverse group of peers with a willingness to learn, desire to build relationships, and a passion for making a difference. Connecting Young Nebraskans Fund is an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation. Visit ConnectingYoungNebraskans.org for more information.

About Nebraska Community Foundation

Celebrating its 25th year of strengthening our hometowns, Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska. Since 1994, NCF has reinvested $323 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.

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