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Encouraging and building more leaders

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The energy, talent and creativity of our community’s new leadership generation are a vital resource for all of us. Part of the work of every community and any community organization is to ensure the continual development of fresh ideas, new faces, bold energy and new solutions to continue to move us forward. From new political activists and leaders, to newly involved not-for-profit leaders, new business leaders, new energy in the arts and on and on… we need all of it and part of our work is to help develop all those willing to serve.

For professionals 21-40 who would like to further develop their leadership and service skills, The Center offers the Young Professionals Council (YPC). Developed by and for young professionals, YPC was launched in March of 2009 with three goals in mind: to support and develop young LGBT professionals in their ongoing development as leaders in their communities and sectors of employment; to commission a group of young professionals committed to The Center’s mission and sustainability to act as ambassadors in building community support and awareness about the agency’s programs; and to connect with local businesses and corporate partners to produce fun and dynamic events in support of The Center’s future.

Since its launch, YPC members have raised nearly $10,000 on behalf of the Center, networked with other LGBT professionals and expanded their knowledge about The Center’s programs. Don’t miss their next event, Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. when they bring Burlesque to San Diego. Head to THIN (852 Fifth Ave, downtown) for an evening of dance, drink and show. Svedka and Stone Brewing Co. will keep the drinks flowing all night while Paris, the Flirt Show and DJ Von Kiss combine the fabulousness of Hillcrest with the showmanship of Burlesque. General admission is $25 and includes two drinks. VIP admission is $50 and includes a hosted bar. To purchase tickets, visit www.thecentersd.kin-tera.org /YPC.

There are a number of other ways for LGBT young adults to get involved within their communities. If you’re a business owner, join the GSDBA. If you want to volunteer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities at The Center, Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego LGBT Pride, the Environmental Health Coalition and the ACLU or at Planned Parenthood. Almost all of our LGBT and allied nonprofits are happy to take volunteers! If you’re ready for even more leadership and responsibility, think about joining a not-for-profit board. The skills, contacts and knowledge acquired are invaluable.

For those 18-28 who are looking for other new ways to connect with The Center and the community, we have two new groups that will address issues pertinent to young adults – such as relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The women’s group will meet every third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. and the men’s group will meet every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Abby Schwartz, at (619) 692-2077, ext. 212, or aschwartz@thecentersd.org.

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