towards the achievement of its mission
through a combination
of three strategic initiatives:
Social Networking, Professional
Development, and Community Outreach.
Social Networking events, usually called BL²ENDers,
provide participants with the opportunity to build networks
and develop relationships with other young professionals
of color. Through a variety of events ranging from after
hours networking socials, to more casual events like
bowling, participants are introduced to local businesses
and ultimately have a chance to enhance their social
networks while enjoying all that Grand Rapids has to
offer. Email email@example.com to learn more.
Professional Development events offer a variety of programs
and presentations geared towards the young professional.
Valuable information like how to begin investing, how
to deal with a difficult boss, and how to assess your
own skills and abilities is disseminated through many
of our Professional Development events. During these
programs participants gain new information on how to
sharpen their professional skills, enhance their overall
professionalism and grow both personally and professionally
in an effort to take their careers to the next level.
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Community Outreach activities give participants
the opportunity to get involved in their community and
make a positive impact. Participants make personal contributions
and serve in various capacities including neighborhood
clean-ups, connecting with youth, and collecting unused
items to address needs at local non-profit organizations.
Ultimately, participants improve and enhance local area
conditions. These events help participants to see the
value in building a relationship within the community
that is reciprocal, where they can give back to the community
and see what the community can give to them. Email email@example.com to