Board Chair, YNPN Atlanta
Family Literacy Programs Manager, Hands On Atlanta
Say hello to Amanda Bisgaard, YNPN Atlanta’s new Board Chair! If you’ve been to a YNPN event, you’ve likely met Amanda. Before signing on as Chair, Amanda served on the board and helped to plan the many social and service events that YNPN hosts each year.
In her day job Amanda works at Hands On Atlanta as the Family Literacy Programs Manager. In this role, Amanda introduces parents and caregivers to early language and literacy acquisition which aligns perfectly with her study of Early Childhood at UT – Chattanooga. Before her time at Hands On Atlanta, Amanda worked with various organizations on disaster relief, specifically in volunteer recruitment for large-scale disaster relief efforts like Hurricane Sandy.
Amanda got involved with YNPN first thing when she moved to Atlanta. She only knew a few people in the city, so she googled networking and associations in Atlanta and stumbled upon the YNPN page. She jumped in feet first and hasn’t looked back since. After serving on the Social and Service Committee for about a year, she joined the board, and just a few months ago was honored to accept her new role as Chair.
When asked why she was interested in serving in this role Amanda shared that YNPN is so valuable for people working in the nonprofit space. “We understand each other, and it’s different than working in any other sector,” she says. Through her experience she’s seen how important it is to have time with others in the field, and she is always inspired by how much fellow nonprofit professionals can help each other out. “We are all stretched so thin in this sector,” says Amanda, and she appreciates how we support each other by sharing best practices and examples of strategies that have worked in our own organizations.
Amanda is excited to work with the current board and believes the diverse perspectives and experiences of the board members will be a huge asset to the future of YNPN. She’s inspired by the level of excitement and passion each board member is bringing to their role. Her hope is that YNPN will continue to focus on professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals while increasing membership and engagement. Some new ideas she’s particularly excited about are a YNPN job board and podcast.
What is Amanda most looking forward to in the next 6 months? The NextGen breakfast is one of her favorite events. Coming up in March 2020, this event is an amazing opportunity to connect with peers as well as leaders in the sector. If you haven’t been to a YNPN Atlanta event, be sure to mark your calendar.
If you’re looking to get involved with YNPN, Amanda says the best way is to come to any upcoming events and get to know peers from across the city. There are so many opportunities to network and access low-cost professional development. She also encourages members to take advantage of the Opportunity Grants available through YNPN Atlanta. These grants provide funding for professional development opportunities up to $500. This is a unique benefit not available in every YNPN chapter.
Finally, YNPN committees are always looking for volunteers. The organization is entirely volunteer run and each committee needs dedicated leaders to support YNPN’s various programs and activities. Interested in committee membership? Fill out this form and someone will be in touch.
If you see Amanda at an upcoming YNPN event, introduce yourself! She can’t wait to meet you.
Written by S.E. Spencer