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A Special Message for October's Nerdy Nonprofit Networking

Hi YNPN Members and Supporters!  If you haven't been to a Nerdy Nonprofit Networking event yet, one thing you should know is that each month we provide handouts. That way, if you spend the whole time socializing you can still leave having a professional development takeaway!  This month, we've done things differently and released the handout in advance, and we hope you'll take a look right away!

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Join The Board

It is always a great time to think about how you can improve your skills and gain new experiences. One of the best ways you can do this and get more involved in the local non-profit community is to join the YNPN of Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

In order to apply, you must be an active YNPN Member. You must apply by October 25th, 2019.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis after an application is submitted. Board Members serve a two-year term, and the time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours a month. Please note that we kickoff the year with an all-day Board Retreat in January and we expect all Board Members to attend. The date and location of the retreat will be announced once we know everyone's schedules!

The application can be found by clicking here. (Members must login)

Executive Committee Position Descriptions are available here. Note: This is for reference only. Executive Committee positions are elected by the Board of Directors at the Annual Retreat. 

Please contact chair@ynpnsouthernnevada.org with any questions!

This Expert Tip Will Change How You Promote Events

Access to Experts | YNPN So. NV

When social media is a major part of your job, you live for a pro-tip. At least I do. Especially as a freelancer juggling multiple clients, I am all about having a system or formula or hack, anything that streamlines the process so I can use my brainpower making good content instead of fussing over logistics and schedules. Which is why it was such a pleasure to attend the Access to Experts Panel on August 22nd to hear from other creative professionals. Bertha Gutierrez of Get Outdoors Nevada, Shahab Zargari from UNLV College of Fine Arts, and Amanda Riley of The Neon Museum each gave us some great insight that night.

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YNPN Southern Nevada would like to share this professional development opportunity for human resource professionals. YNPN Southern Nevada is a participant of the CEO Exchange, an association comprised of the leaders of the largest social services nonprofits in Southern Nevada. The HR Collaborative was formed to give HR professionals in nonprofits an opportunity to learn, share ideas and grow professionally. We believe that strengthening the human resources capacity in the nonprofit sector will help our members and the Southern Nevada nonprofit community as a whole. If you believe this program would be beneficial to your organization, please share it with the relevant members of your staff.




A 16-hour training course for HR professionals working in nonprofits focusing on critical people
issues that will help your organization achieve success and fulfill its mission.




  • Four ½-day interactive classes that will include instruction, small-group exercises and discussion in an open learning environment where everyone is encouraged to share best practices, challenges and questions to help strengthen your personal HR knowledge and expertise.


  • Training facilitated by Maggie Harris and Greg Wilken, founders of the HR Collaborative, and designed specifically for nonprofits to give you the tools and resources to incorporate a strength-based approach to your organization’s HR strategies and to ensure that your HR practices are legally compliant and minimize the risk to your organization.


  • All classes will be held on the UNLV Paradise campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Registration and Breakfast from 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Day One - Building Your Team – July 16

Session 1: Using a Strengths Based Approach to Hiring and Onboarding
Session 2: Recruiting, Interviewing, Background Checks & Hiring

Day Two - Mission Driven Performance – August 13

Session 1: Managing Performance, Progressive Discipline and Separations
Session 2: Supporting Your Supervisors and Leadership Team

Day Three - Creating a Winning Culture – September 17

Session 1: Employee Engagement Strategies and Best Practices
Session 2: Employee Relations: Drug Testing, Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying

Day Four - Engaging All Your Resources – October 15

Session 1: HR Issues with Volunteers, Donors and your Board.
Session 2: Retention Best Practices

$300/class - $1000 for the entire course
Price is per organization - organizations may send more than one participant


$900 for the entire series if you register by July 1st.


Join The Board

Join Our Board

It is always a great time to think about how you can improve your skills and gain new experiences. One of the best ways you can do this and get more involved in the local non-profit community is to join the YNPN of Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

In order to apply, you must be an active YNPN Member. You must apply by October 23rd, 2018.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis after application is submitted. Candidates should plan on attending our Board Meeting on November 13th at 6:00pm to be held at the Nevada HAND Corporate office, 285 East Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119. Board Members serve a two year term. The time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours a month. New Board Members must attend the Board Retreat on January 12th, 2019 at The Smith Center.

The application can be found by clicking here.

Executive Committee Position Descriptions are available here. Note: This is for reference only. Executive Committee positions are elected by the Board of Directors at the Annual Retreat. 

Please contact Jacob@ynpnsouthernnevada.org with any questions! 

Member Highlight - Aaron Krolikowski

We're pleased to announce Aaron Krolikowski as our first Member Highlight of 2018. A musician, lover of the outdoors, and just all around decent human being; Dr. Aaron Krolikowski is making waves in the valley as the Managing Director at Krolikowski Consulting. He has been working with organizations focused on social change for over a decade.

Aaron has previously been named a Udall Scholar (2008), a Clarendon Fellow (2009-2013), and an Emerging Academic by the World Water Forum (2012). Aaron’s activities have been covered by the BBC, Shareable, and TEDx Innovations

Our own YNPN Board Member, Regis Whaley, interviews Aaron while he shares his best practices on how to succeed in the nonprofit community.

Trust us, you wouldn't want to miss out on this. Watch the interview on YNPN Southern Nevada channel.

Access to Experts with Yvanna Cancela

Join us at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20th at Starboard Tack, 2601 Atlantic St, Las Vegas, NV 89121 for our next Access to Experts event as we welcome Yvanna Cancela.


Yvanna is the Executive Director of the Citizenship Project, a Boyd Law School student and the State Senator for District 10 in Nevada. Yvanna will talk about her experiences as a nonprofit professional working in immigration, and with the Culinary Union, and she will talk about how the work we do as professionals impacts our community and how we can work together to make more change in the community.



  • Current Executive Director at the Citizenship Project
  • Former Executive at the Culinary Union
  • Current Nevada State Senator from District 10
  • Former campaign staff of former US Senator Harry Reid
  • Understands the relationship between nonprofit organizations and the state government



  • Hear directly from a young nonprofit professional who has recently become an Executive Director.
  • Find out how this nonprofit professional manages being an Executive Director, Part-time Law Student and State Senator
  • Learn about how we can utilize our passion to make our community a better place to live.


YNPN Member Spotlight: Aldrich Simon-Three Square

By Nevena Cvijetic, YNPN Member 

YNPN member Nevena Cvijetic, also on the Membership Committee and volunteers for the YNPN Newsletter, took some time out of her busy schedule to interview one of our members, Aldrich Simon, for our new column in the newsletter, the YNPN Member Spotlight.

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How does one become a leader?

By Kirsten DiNicola, YNPN Board Secretary

How does one become a leader?  How does one know if they are a leader?  Can you learn to be a leader or is this something your born with?  I found myself asking these questions at one point in my career.  Let me clarify, I am not asking how does one get to a place where they are the boss, rather someone who creates a relationship with the people around them through inspiration and encouragement.  How does someone become a leader that inspires, supports and shows others what they have within them so that others can feel fulfilled in what they do? 

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What does membership mean to you

Leave us your thoughts about what being a YNPN member is and how it can be improved. Be honest so we can make a difference in your career, life and community. 


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