Q. What is YPN South Bend?
A. The Young Professionals Network (YPN) South Bend is a personal and professional development program in the South Bend Region that encourages young professionals (YPs), ages 21-39, to take ownership in the community. As a program of the South Bend Regional Chamber, YPN is an outlet for the next generation of leaders to enhance their potential to reach their life goals and enrich this community.
Q. Why should I get involved with YPN?
A. If you are new to the South Bend Region, want to expand your professional network, become more connected with this community or simply want to experience everything this community has to offer, we encourage you to check out one of our events. We are a group of peers who work and play in the South Bend Region and who share common interests and aspirations. Come to our next event, and you’ll see why you want to get involved.
Q. Who is eligible to attend YPN events?
A. All YPs (ages 21-39) are welcomed and encouraged to attend our events.
Q. What is YPN's Statement on Racial Injustice?
Racism and systemic injustice cannot be tolerated.
We, like all Americans, watched in horror the event that resulted in George Floyd’s death. Like so many, we are heartbroken, angry and hurt. The Chamber and YPN South Bend stand with our community in understanding the social injustice and systemic racism that impacts so many lives…our fellow neighbors, friends, colleagues and loved ones.
What can we do about it? How can we really help? What we do know is that we don’t have all the answers. But we want to be part of the process in finding them. First by listening and working with our other community partners in implementing meaningful solutions.
As a young professionals program in the South Bend Region, we are eager to listen and learn. Join our organization, no matter what race and ethnicity you are, our organization can learn from you. We are all professionals, and we all deserve to be heard. Help us tear down the systemic injustices that have gone on for far too long in the professional world. Help us make our organization become a visual representation of the people who live in our region. We recognize that we can do a better job of reaching out to diverse and underserved groups in our community to ensure that all populations are represented. -YPN South Bend
Q. Does my company need to be a South Bend Regional Chamber member for me to attend events?
A. No. Chamber member or not, YPN is open to anyone. Our only requirement is that you are between ages 21-39! However, because YPN is a program of the SBR Chamber, priority will be given to those venues that are Chamber members to host events.
Q: Who should I contact if I want to become more involved in YPN?
A: For more information about YPN, contact Briana Stiner at the Chamber at 574.400.4010. She can provide you with further information and answer all your questions about YPN.
Q. How can I become a member of YPN?
A. Since YPN does not have membership dues (right now) or technically membership requirements, there’s no “joining” at all really. Sign up for our enewsletter and “like” us on our Facebook page, or simply show up to our next event or activity. It’s that easy!
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Getting involved with YPN does not cost you a thing. However, a majority of the YPN events cost a minimal fee and those fees are listed on the events’ description so you’re aware of the costs before registering or attending.
Q. What’s included in my $15 fee for a Power Lunch?
A. The $15 fee includes lunch, beverages and a presentation.
Q. If I registered for a Power Lunch or some other paid event, and can no longer attend, can I get a refund?
A. Unless otherwise noted, cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance of event day and time for a 100% refund. If you need to cancel, contact Shari Carroll at 574.400.4024.
Q. How does the leadership of YPN work?
A. YPN is owned and managed by the South Bend Regional Chamber, with advisory input from a volunteer Advisory Council that strives to promote our mission to develop, connect and empower young professionals to showcase how great it is to live, work and play in the South Bend Region. If you are interested in getting involved, or you know a YP who would like to get involved, please contact Amanda Glassen at 574.400.4012.