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Podcast: How nonprofit groups are connecting young professionals to their city

Young professionals in their race day finery on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph during the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum's annual Derby Days fundraiser.
Young professionals in their race day finery on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph during the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum's annual Derby Days fundraiser. DANIEL COSTON

As a notoriously transient city, I expected Charlotte’s nonprofit community to have a tough relationship with young professionals in the city.

I guessed that the growing population of young people with no deep connection to the city that they reside in would continue to live in a state of ignorance — blissfully happy to stay disconnected while they focused on their professional and personal lives.

So when co-host Sarah Crosland pitched this idea of doing an episode of nonprofits and young professionals on The Good News Is … podcast, I was skeptical of my Millennial peers. I imagined we would produce a fluff piece that delivered a false sentiment of how active young professionals actually were in the city.

Turns out, I was wrong about this one.

We hosted three spectacular guests: Amanda McLamb of Opera Carolina’s Bravo! group, Virginia Wooten of Young Affiliates of the Mint (aka YAMS), and Adam Dillon of Guys with Ties Charlotte.

All three of these groups have a singular goal in mind: Connect young professionals to the city they live in.

All three of these groups are succeeding in their goals.

They are engaging young professionals at a rapid rate, and their members are eager to contribute to their community at large. Their members want to give back to their new homes, but also make lasting connections to the people in these groups.

It’s empowering, really. And I’m glad I was wrong.

Other topics discussed on the podcast:

– Open Streets 704

– Riding bikes to doughnuts

– Wells Fargo Championship

– What to do this weekend (so many options!)

The Good News Is — presented by The Charlotte Observer and powered by OrthoCarolina — is a weekly podcast with a similar mission to what we do here at C5: To get you CharlotteSmart, fast with fun, interesting and useful news about the city. It’s hosted by Corey Inscoe and Sarah Crosland.

As always, you can find our episodes on SoundcloudiTunes and now Stitcher. You can follow us on Twitter @TheGoodNewsCLT, on Instagram @TheGoodNewsCLT, on Facebook and you can shoot us an email to thegoodnewsisclt@gmail.com.

Photo: Daniel Coston/Charlotte Observer file

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