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YPN to offer peer mentoring program this year

By Lauren Fosheim
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Planning is underway for the Young Professionals Network (YPN) peer mentoring program, which will launch later this summer. YPN members who have a hunger for personal development are encouraged to apply.

This mentoring program is an adaptation of the YPN Mentoring Program started in 2014. Its sole purpose is personal development facilitated by young professionals for young professionals.

Groups of five will be led by a fellow YPN member through a year of monthly discussions, concentrated on four focus areas: building relationships; problem solving and goal setting; emotional intelligence; and mindset.

Three months will be dedicated on each of the focus areas, taking participants through an intensive, but well-balanced series of complimentary topics that can be applied to everyone´s life, independent from participants´ current industry or career level.

"We´re confident we selected a strong set of focus areas young professionals need in order to continue to grow and apply to their personal or professional life, and are excited for everyone who gets to go on this journey. The young professionals serving as the mentors completely designed this program for other young professionals, and wanted to create an impactful experience that facilitates growth in someone´s life," said Tara Allen, Keller Williams, member of the planning committee.

Groups will meet monthly for 60-90 minutes. There are no qualifications needed to apply, just that you´re a current YPN member. Expectations are minimal – participants must attend the monthly meetings and be prepared for your group´s session.

"Keeping the group size small for a program like this will be important. We want everyone to feel comfortable opening up to their group, and have the opportunity to really have a voice and share their thoughts at each meeting," said Dan Menke, Pride Neon, also serving on the planning committee. "We believe that´s really when the most personal growth will happen."

The application process will begin in the next few months with information about the process shared on siouxfallsypn.com, via email to YPN members and through the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

The mentoring program will be limited to only 20 YPN members and the participants will be chosen by a selection committee. There is no application fee but there will be a small fee to participate in the program, which will cover all materials.

For more information, email lfosheim@siouxfalls.com or call (605) 373-2009.


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