The Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Group met this week at the Credit Union Service Center in Westbrook to discuss scheduling future events and strategize on ways to grow the network.
The YPN is open to all Maine credit union staff and volunteers, ages 21 to 40. It focuses on providing professional development and networking opportunities within the industry. The YPN currently has 110 members in Maine, a number the League hopes to grow.
“The YPN is a great way retain talent within our network,” said Jake Holmes, the League’s Financial Literacy and Outreach Coordinator. “While our events are educational, they also are a lot of fun.”
YPs aren’t the only ones that benefit from the YPN; credit unions benefit as well. By engaging young professionals with training, networking, and resources, YPs bring knowledge and best practices back to their credit unions.
“I think the YPN is important because it provides an opportunity for all Maine credit unions to invest in the next generation of credit union employees and leaders,” said Kim Turner, President & CEO of Otis FCU and Chair of the YPN. “Whether someone aspires to have an entry-level position in a credit union or a c-suite position, this network adds value and purpose to each role.”
In the coming months, the YPN will be scheduling professional development events in the Portland and Bangor areas. These events will include opportunities for YPs to take a professional headshot and develop their LinkedIn profiles.
The Advisory Group also discussed organizing a volunteer event and participating in another legislative advocacy workshop. The YPN previously hosted a volunteer event with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Portland and an advocacy workshop at the State House, which were both well received by members.
Additionally, the Advisory Group spoke about increasing their level of engagement at the chapter level to increase local networking among members.
“The YPN is a great way to solidify the future of Maine’s credit union network,” added Turner.
To join the YPN, members must have the approval of their CEO and supervisor. A sign-up form is currently available on the League’s website. For additional information about the YPN, contact Jake Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.