New statewide event aimed at retaining and developing young adults

    Young Nebraskans Week (YPN)

    Bringing young professionals together, that's the basic concept behind the new initiative kicking off next Monday, statewide.

    Fifteen communities from across Nebraska are celebrating young adults throughout the week with unique social and networking opportunities.

    "Just hosting various events to get young professionals and their communities involved,” said Amanda Polacek, marketing chair for Kearney Area Young Professionals Network.

    The concept was developed by the Lincoln and Omaha Young Professional Networks with help from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

    "The intentions are just to grow Nebraska through growing the next generation of leaders and business owners," said Polacek. "So, just getting everybody to interact with each other and grow their professional networks. Its just good for the state of Nebraska and it's good for all the communities that re participating."

    The Kearney YPN said they're really embracing the concept and "going big" with their week long celebration.

    "We're having an event every single day of the week, just because we know everybody's schedules are different, everyone's interest is different," said Polacek.

    Each event is open to the public and the Kearney YPN said they're doing this in hopes of growing their chapter.

    "You can be in YPN even if you're self employed," said Polacek. "If you are a college student, there's a special pricing for college students, so really we just want anybody that's between 21 and 40 looking to get involved to try out YPN."

    Young Nebraskans Week kicks off this coming Monday. In Kearney, the first event is at Barista's Daily Grind, across from UNK at 7 a.m but the events continue all week across the state.

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