TCYP September 2016 Brief
TCYP Brief
Morning Brew:
Save your seat for the September 15 Morning Brew (Quarterly Meeting) to get a full update on TCYP programming, hear from your TCYP Chair, and get the scoop on all the hard work each sub-committee has done in Q3!
*Don't forget to bring your canned good for the Father Fred donation*
TCYP L.I.F.E. Program

The Traverse City Young Professionals (TCYPs) are partnering with the Northwest Michigan chapter of Junior Achievement USA to bring a professional student mentoring series to the Traverse City region this fall. This mentoring series, titled TCYP L.I.F.E. (Lessons In Future Endeavors), will include a variation of ongoing hands-on activities and skill building opportunities that are essential to professional growth from an individuals' high school years through to their career. The program is at no cost to local students, with curriculum taught by local TCYP volunteers. We are looking for TCYPs to lead the presentation of session topics!
Presentation materials for the presentation and experiential activities are packed into a handbook, developed from a series of JA curricula. The TCYP lead presenter must prepare a short presentation within the guidelines and standards of the curriculum content. TCYP volunteers are welcome to bring informative take-home materials for students, and any additional materials to ensure a successful experience for the students and volunteers. For more information about this program and to look at the session topics, please visit:  and click on "TCYP L.I.F.E. Mentoring Program." If you are interested in volunteering to be a TCYP Lead Presenter, please contact Erika Wiltse at
Each series session, held once a month at the Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, will be presented by a member of the Traverse City Young Professionals and is developed from the Junior Achievement curriculum, Career Success. The series sessions details are as follows:
Session One: Career Paths
Date/Time: Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
(Light snacks and refreshments provided)
Session Two: The College Application Process, Choosing a Major, and Financial Decisions
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session Three: Summer Job & Internship Interviewing and Written Correspondence
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session Four: Public Speaking and Public Presentation of Self
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session Five: Social Media in the Workplace
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session Six: Time Management 1.0 - Preparing for College
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session 7: Time Management 2.0 - Preparing for a Career
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session 8: Customer Service and Servant Leadership
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Traverse Area District Library - Woodmere, McGuire Community Room
Session 9: Business Networking Reception (invitation based on attendance)
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 16, 2017 - TBD
Location: TBD
Introducing the TCYP Advocacy Group
To complement and build upon the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce's advocacy efforts, the TCYP Advocacy Group will continue to promote a positive community culture and focus on influencing decisions which have an impact on the following aspects of a Young Professional in northern Michigan:
  • Quality of Life
  • Job growth and creation
  • Housing inventory & affordability
  • General local business support
Any local YP is welcome to be a part of the TCYP Advocacy Group! Members of the group will participate in general TCYP advocacy updates and participate in the campaign to help influence the decision of focus. A steering committee will be selected to lead the YP Advocacy Group in reviewing all local items up for debate or vote on an ongoing basis, and collectively choose particular topics for the Advocacy Group to focus on. Once these topics are decided, the Advocacy Group's role will be to come to a consensus on a position and respective strategy to influence the outcome. The steering committee would then roll out the plan to the TCYP group, obtain feedback, and those interested in participating in the advocacy campaign are welcome to join in on the efforts.
Steering Committee Applications
Online applications are coming soon! In the meantime please email your TCYP Chair, Lauren Harris at Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:
  • Engaged and appreciative of our community
  • General understanding of key issues and local legislative processes
  • Availability to attend city/county commission meetings when necessary
  • The field in which they work in an attempt to bring diversity to the committee
City of Traverse City seeking Board/Committee members

The City of Traverse City currently has several opportunities available for Young Professionals to get engaged in local government. Here are some of the current board and committee vacancies as well as how to apply. For additional questions, feel free to contact your fellow YP, Deputy City Clerk Katie Zeits at
Planning Commission
The Planning Commission member shall be a representative of important segments of the community, such as the economic, governmental, educational, and social development of the local unit of government, in accordance with the major interests as they exist in the local unit of government, such as agriculture, natural resources, recreation, education, public health, government, transportation, industry and commerce.
Housing Commission
The authority of this commission is "to purchase, acquire, construct, maintain, operate, improve, extend and repair housing facilities; to eliminate housing conditions which are detrimental to the public peace, health, safety, morals or welfare; to issue notes and revenue bonds; to regulate issuance, sale, retirement and refunding of such notes and bonds; to regulate the rentals of such projects and the use of the revenues of the projects; to prescribe the manner of selecting tenants for such projects, etc."
Local Officers Compensation Commission
This Commission determines the salaries of such local elected offices, which determination shall be the salaries of the legislative bodies.  This board is a low commitment, meeting only in odd years.
If you are interested in serving, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 231-922-4480 by Friday, September 16, for an "Application to Become Involved" or visit the website: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions and are kept on file for a period of one year; applicants must not be in default to the City.
(Information provided by the City of Traverse City Press Release)
Volunteer Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, September 27, from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! This is a recurring monthly commitment by the YPs, come once or become a regular!   Sign up or e-mail   Lisa Pointe with questions.
Come Volunteer for Business After Hours
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2016. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held September 21from 5 - 7 p.m. at Hotel Indigo.  We hope to see you there!
Let's Get Social!
Hummus, drink specials, and good friends - what more could you ask for!? Don't miss this month's TCYP Social Event being held at Taproot. Come and celebrate pre-Friday with fellow YPs and enjoy the sweet nectar of Taproots delicious cider. Check the details below and we will see you there!
Thursday, September 29
5 - 7 p.m.
$5 pints and hummus chips
*Live Music that night from 7 - 9 p.m.
Pints & Politics
If politics these days doesn't give you reason to have a pint, I don't know what will. Come by the Pints & Politics event at Right Brain Brewery October 6 to enjoy a nice cold beverage and network with local leaders, political candidates, and fellow YPs. The Pints & Politics events have been going on for a couple of years now and if you haven't been to one, you owe it to yourself to check it out!  This is a neat opportunity, whether you're a new employee, young entrepreneur, or business executive - to make connections and discuss business issues with our local elected officials and other business people in a casual setting.     Register here and get this unique event on your calendar NOW!
Lunch & Learn: Connecting to Maximize Influence with Anne Bonney
How do I get my team to work their hardest?  How do I get my customers to come back?  Why won't any of my co-workers listen to my great ideas?  Connecting with your customers, staff, peers or executives is a vital skill to ensure their buy-in to your initiatives.  The Lunch & Learn workshop on September 7 will illustrate three vital skills to help you connect with people, and get them working with you. 
Presenter Anne Bonney  is a John Maxwell Team certified speaker, trainer and coach specializing in empowerment and leadership topics.    Click here to view her bio. REGISTER NOW!

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NEW! MYNorth Media partnership to bring even more BLOG Content for YPs!
Our Blog continues to be a great "insiders scoop" on what local YPs are doing in northern Michigan. Next month, we'll begin partnering with MyNorth Media to feature one of their many excellent articles to give you even more great content!
As always, our blog also keeps you up to date on local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates from our fellow YP government representatives.
Stay tuned for the next TCYP blog and NyNorth's post in our next posting!

Job Portal: A Popular Resource for Members & Job Seekers
The Chamber of Commerce has always strived for ways to help their members. One of these ways is by connecting them with top talent in the area. The Chamber's job portal is always jam packed with great and different opportunities. Whether you are seeking to fill a position, looking for a career change, or just looking for some additional seasonal work, the Chamber Job Portal should be your first stop! Check it out   HERE.
Katharine Zurek
Annual Giving Specialist at the NMC Foundation
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
We have so many talented students at NMC doing innovative things! I love sitting down one-on-one with students and hearing about their educational journeys. I feature student stories in publications for our donors and the wider community. There are so many donors, volunteers, and community members who are invested in each and every NMC student. I feel honored to be the link between our supporters and NMC students.
2. Where are you from?
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Hold On by Wilson Phillips because it's pretty mid-range. And also because I love the movie Bridesmaids.
4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)
Trail running!
5. Any goals? (personal or professional)
One of my professional goals this year is to start a student philanthropy initiative at NMC. I'm excited about introducing non-profit education to students, and also about showcasing philanthropy as a career option.

Lindsay Smith
Assurance Staff at Plante Moran
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
I love that every single day presents a new challenge and opportunity for growth. Plante Moran gives you all the resources you need to make the most of your career. Our office is also full of great people that make work days fun.
2. Where are you from?
Traverse City
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
"-I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston. The one time I tried it with friends I lost my voice, but it was a great crowd pleaser.
4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)
I love playing beach volleyball on the courts at West End beach! We have made many friends down at the beach this summer; it's a great way to spend a beautiful day.
5. Any goals? (personal or professional)
Professionally, I will continue to gain experience in all areas and client fields PM offers, but I plan to settle down into an industry in the next few years. Personally, my husband and I plan to travel around the country. Hopefully we make it to all 50 states!

September 7-YP Lunch & Learn (Great Wolf Lodge); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
September 15 - Leadership at the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30-9 a.m.
September 15 - YP Monthly Meeting (Chamber of Commerce); 8 -9 a.m.
September 15 - Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series (Traverse City Golf & Country Club); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
September 21 - Business After Hours (Hotel Indigo); 5 - 7 p.m.
September 27 - YP Volunteering at the State Theatre (You already know); 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
September 29 - TCYP Social Event (Taproot); 5 -7 p.m.
October 6 - Pints & Politics (Right Brain Brewery); 4:30 - 6 p.m.

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