Presenting at LINK 2016 – Chiquita Serpas

Photo-blog.pngPublic speaking was never my strong suit. The idea of getting up and talking to a large group of people absolutely terrified me. I knew that the only way to get over this fear was to take the plunge, but I wasn’t sure how. Through encouragement from fellow YNPN members, coworkers, and friends, I decided I would apply to present at the YNPN Link event. YNPN has always been a welcoming environment full of energy and great people. I thought what better place than YNPN to overcome my fear and give a presentation of an organization I love.

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Presenting at LINK 2016 – Katie Thorson


As a young adult who can honestly say that finding a passion in life has actually been a struggle, I can also honestly say that LINK helped me realize my passion for the social sector.

I personally love speaking in front of people, but never have I ever competitively spoke or spoke for a prize. So, I was scared. But as I said all the way through grad school, “fake it ‘til you make it.” Here are a few questions I asked myself before I took the plunge:

Why should I apply for LINK?:


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2017 YNPN Phoenix President's Message

eguidas_headshot2017.jpgLast Tuesday evening, I sat on my living room floor with my way-too-big-to-be-a-lap dog in my lap, and listened to President Obama give the last speech of his presidency. During his 40-minute speech, a speech filled with laughter, applause, and plenty of tears, President Obama made the case for American democracy. He urged listeners to support and believe in democracy and take an active role in creating a better world. He wasn’t speaking to foreign governments or to an international audience, but to Americans right here at home. President Obama implored us to harness our power in the most important office in our democracy: citizen.  

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3 Reasons to Join a YNPN Phoenix Committee


I’ve never really seen myself as the “kind of person” who joins committees. Whether I tell myself I don’t have the time or don’t know enough YNPN members, there’s always an excuse!

However, in the brief time that I’ve been a part of the Communications Committee, I’ve discovered that taking the step to get more involved with YNPN is both simple and worth it.

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Get Yourself Organized and Stay That Way

At the September Coffee Chat, we discussed tools that help us stay organized, whether it be at work or in our personal lives. Together, we brainstormed the best ways to keep ourselves and our teams on track.

Here’s a list of the tools and techniques that work in some way for each one of us. Check them out and see what you could use to be more productive!

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