Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit Less Than Two Weeks Away

(West Point, NE) – The 2011 Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Summit will get Young Nebraskans talking about how they can play a role in their communities and connect them to resources and people who can help. The CYN Summit is scheduled for Friday, October 28 with an evening social kicking off the summit at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 27.

The 2011 CYN Summit will be held at West Point’s state-of-the-art facility, the Nielsen Community Center. Tina Biteghe Bi NDong of the West Point Chamber of Commerce states, “West Point is excited to host this year’s event that will bring together the talent and creative minds of the next generation of Nebraska’s leaders.” Attendance for this year’s Summit is projected to be over 150, and the event will be full of exciting interactive speakers and great conversations.

CYN is a statewide network designed to connect, empower and retain young Nebraskans. CYN strives to enhance opportunities for individuals to impact their communities through networking and learning experiences. The network is a dynamic and diverse group of peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn and the desire to build important relationships to help shape the future of Nebraska.
Last year’s summit was held in Grand Island and attracted over 120 young Nebraskans from across the state, drawn from many different organizations and workplaces.

“CYN is gaining momentum and the summit provides an opportunity for energetic and passionate individuals to gather new ideas and network,” said CYN Coordinator Kayla Schnuelle of the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative.

Featured at the 2011 CYN Summit will be keynote speakers Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson, founders of Silicon Prairie News. Slobotski and Davidson are two dynamic Nebraska entrepreneurs who will inform and energize participants about the future of Nebraska with their keynote address, “A Sense of Place.”

During the 2011 CYN Summit, participants will also get to choose from a variety of breakout sessions covering topics such as: creating a personal brand, engaging legislators, attracting and retaining young Nebraskans, tools to help with fundraising and more. The summit will also provide an extensive networking platform through a Thursday night social gathering, as well as coffee shop and roundtable discussions on Friday.

Registration for the 2011 CYN Summit closes on October 21. For more information about CYN and the upcoming Summit, visit:, find us on Facebook (, or follow us on Twitter (@youngnebraskans).

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