TCYP Brief
TCYP February 2016 Brief

YP Orientation: Thanks to All!

Thank you to all of those who took part in this year's TCYP Orientation.
If you were unable to attend either of the orientation dates you can check out  this year's events and programming  Here.

Please note, several of the upcoming events require registration via the Chamber website, so be sure to check out the events and registration page at
TCYP Lunch & Learn: Emotional Intelligence 

Wednesday, February 3, marks the first YP Lunch & Learn of 2016. Wha t better
way to start then an insightful and valuable presentation from Barbara Jorda n Ellis. She is the owner and senior consultant for the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development and is taking time to present to the YP  community about the power and importance of emotional intelligence (EI). Wednesday's presentation is titled, "Developing Emotional Intelligence: (And Why You Won't be Successful Without It)" and explores  several areas of importance behind having  high EI and breakdown the  four  core competencies of EI.

Attendees can expect to learn:
1)      What is emotional intelligence (EI)?
2)      What impact does EI have on you, your work, your career, and your                organization?
3)      Why and how do you measure emotional intelligence?
4)      How do you improve emotional intelligence competencies?
DO NOT miss this outstanding opportunity to hear this throught provoking presentation by one of the community's top management and development leaders. Learn more and  Register  here to save your seat!
Leadership Programming at the Chamber is made possible by:  

Young Professionals Partner with Junior Achievement
New this year, the Traverse City Young Professional s (TCYPs) is partnering with the regional Junior Achievement program to bring mentoring opportunities to middle and high school-aged students involved i n Junior Achievement. The goal is to better engage students participating in Junior Achievement with a professional colleague/mentor in the Grand Traverse region. This mentor can help provide professional guidance, direction, and support throughout the student's high school, college, and young professional years.
Importantly, the TCYP Program hopes that opportunities such as this new mentoring program will continue to highlight its focus on attracting and retaining young professionals to the region by representing a portion of how the Traverse City area is a wonderful place to work, live, and play. The Young Professionals volunteering in the Junior Achievement mentoring program will be able to help demonstrate to students the benefits of returning home to the Grand Traverse region once they have graduated by highlighting community networking opportunities, success stories, and industry/career engagement.
If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering as a mentor, please contact Erika Wiltse at or Chris Milliron at for more information.

City Recruiting for all Volunteer Boards & Committees
The City of Traverse City is current seeking several new volunteer committee  and board members. Their vacancies include members of the Election Commission and the newly established Arts Selection Panel. The city is always looking
for new board and committee members as terms expire, etc. If you are interested in either of these boards or would like to submit your information for future opportunities please Click Here to access the application and feel free to direct any questions to Kate Zeits

Non-perishable Food Donations
The YP Committee has made it a point to bring in non-perishable food items as well as make financial donations at every meeting. The proceeds of this mission are then passed onto the Father Fred Foundation. So far the committee has donated 303 food items which breaks down to 621 servings, equaling a total of 207 meals. THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed to this cause. 
* YP Committee members- don't forget your food item at the next meeting!*
Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday February 23 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions.
Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2016
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamb er'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 Bridgett Beckwith.
The next BAH will be held on February 17 at Visions at CenterPointe. We hope to see you there!

PRIME TIME- For New Members from 2015 Membership Event
If you are a new Chamber member and that joined during the 2015 Membership Event, you are being given a very special and unique way to market your business while meeting fellow chamber members and business owners. PRIME TIME is an EXPO setting for the new members from the Membership Event in December.     Chamber members from throughout the community are invited to attend at no charge. For the newcomers, the Chamber will provide a 5-foot table top display area to showcase their products and services. If you are a new member from the Membership Event, you must REGISTER in order to take part in the exhibit. Here's the scoop:
When: March 1 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: NMC's Hagerty Center (715 E. Front St)
Click Here  to Register! Space is limited.
Coffee Conversations with TCAPS Board
Each month you can join the TCAPS Board of Education to discuss some of the most pressing subjects surrounding local education. This month you can catch the Board at Horizon Books on Thursday, February 25 from 6-7 p.m. The topic of these unique and personalized events will be different each month.  Last month's meeting addressed school funding and specifically how taxes and fund balances work. Be sure not to miss this great opportunity to meet the TCAPS Board of Education and learn more about the TCAPS system. 
YP Morning Brew Series Features Police Chief Jeff O'Brien
For the Traverse City Young Professionals, 2016 will have many similarities as well as some big changes. One of those changes is the exciting a ddition of the YP Morning Brew Series. This
unique program will give YPs ex clusive access and the opportunity to have conversations with community leaders. Don't mi ss the first Morning Brew, on Thursday February 18 from 8 - 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. This month's conversation will be with new Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O'Brien. Don't forget to REGISTER .
Leadership Programming at the Chamber is made possible by :  

With additional support from:

Spring 2016 Leadership Grand Traverse- Application Deadline Approaching:
One of the Chamber's most prominent community l eaders hip development programs will be closing its application phase on Friday, February 5. Le adership Grand Traverse is a valuable program that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and organizational maintenance. Think of some of the major assets of our region, such as natural resources, parks and recreation, transportation, and agriculture, just to name a few. This year's Spring session includes the following mandatory dates:
Thursday, February 25 - Orientation (Chamber of Commerce) 4 - 5 p.m.
Friday, March 4 - Opening Retreat (Friday overnight required) 8 a.m. - Sat. a.m. (at Lakemore Resort)
Saturday, March 5 - Local Economy
Friday, March 11 - State & Local Government (Chamber of Commerce)
Tuesday, March 15 - Health & Human Services (Chamber of Commerce)
Wednesday, March 23 - Natural Resources (Grand Traverse Conservation District)
Thursday, April 7 - Arts & Culture (Interlochen Center for the Arts)
Wednesday, April 13 - Education (TBA-ISD/Career Tech Center)
Thursday, April 28 - Closing Retreat & Graduation Reception (Kirkbride Hall) 2 - 6:30 p.m.
The cost for this program is $1,300 per person.  There are many scholarships available that you can apply for, to help cover half the cost of the tuition, during the application process. If this program interests you, don't miss the February 5 deadline. Apply here.

Leadership Programming at the Chamber is made possible by :  

TCAPS Strategic Financial Plan: YP Implications
TCAPS is currently going through a 3-5 year strategic financial planning process. The  goal is to preserve student programming and advance educational priorities, such as up   dating curriculum materials, while remaining financially responsible with the community's investment in its schools. Check out more depth of the process HERE . Subscribe to their newsletter HERE
New Local Government YP Monthly Blog! 
Be on the look-out for a NEW monthly blog posting from our fellow YP government representatives to keep you informed of local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates! 
Sharing your story on the blog
Calling All Guest Bloggers!
Are you new to TC or have you been here for years?
Just landed your dream job or are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to Adam Rhoades with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!

February 3-Young Professionals Lunch & Learn (West Bay Beach); 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m.
February 17-Business After Hours (Visions at CenterPointe); 5-7 p.m.
February 18-YP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce); 8-9 a.m.
February 18-Get To Know Your Chamber (Chamber of Commerce); 12-1:30 p.m.
February 23 - YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15-7:15 p.m.
March 1-2016 Prime Time Event (The Hagerty Center); 5-7 p.m.
YPs In the News! 

2nd Class Lee Biladeau, United States Coast Guard - Lee was named the Navy Times' Coast Guardsman of the Year for 2015. Lee's exceptional work at Air Station Port Angeles, WA, and Air Station Traverse City as an MH-65 helicopter flight mechanic, as well as his off-duty volunteer work coaching middle school lacrosse, set him apart from hundreds of nominees from across the country to win this prestigious award.

Lieutenant John Walters, United States Coast Guard - John was commended by the Professional Housing Management Association (PHMA) for work advocating for military member housing in Northwest Michigan. LT John Walters transformed Air Station Traverse City's Housing management program by developing a website with tools and information for incoming members. LT Walters is exceptionally active as a volunteer for a number of local community organizations, including the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NW Michigan, and has demonstrated outstanding support of Coast Guard members assigned to his own and neighboring units.

Lauren Harris, Priority Health - Congrats to Lauren Harris on being named YP Chair for 2016. Any future inquiries regarding TCYP programming can be directed to Lauren 
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