Connecting Young Nebraskans

Connecting Young Nebraskans is a network of citizens under 40 who live in rural Nebraska. The purpose of this network is to provide a forward looking organization that provides an opportunity for younger people to shape the future by sharing their knowledge, insights and desires while learning more about topics related to their personal, professional and civic growth.

Valley County Economic Development has been involved in the planning and execution of the Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit as a member of the steering committee, and the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce will be the sponsor for a morning coffee and discussion session.  Our organization became involved due to our concern over a lack of access to networking opportunities for rural Nebraskan young people.  We also wanted to use this opportunity to reach new young audiences and tell them the story of Ord and Valley County

Why CYN?
After listening to young Nebraskans across the state, the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative has provided the support for formation and ongoing operation of a Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) group. It is important that all age groups and occupations participate in the decisions and actions that will build the future, yet too often those under 40 are not fully engaged in the process. CYN opens a new avenue to encourage and support the participation of those under 40 who live in rural areas in building the future. Young leaders can have an important impact on their communities and the state.

How does CYN work?
Members of CYN self-select and determine the goals, activities and programs of the group. Opportunities for professional, personal and community development will be provided through interactive learning and networking. Meetings have been held both face to face and via phone and distance technology. Members communicate via Facebook and other social networking sites. A statewide conference will be held annually. While the focus of this network is on connecting young people across rural Nebraska, there will also be communication with urban areas as needed. The organization will evolve as its membership makes decisions about directions it wishes to take.

How do I learn more or get involved?
CYN has over 100 participants from across the state and is always seeking more young Nebraskans who want to make a difference. We welcome your ideas and participation. There are no membership fees and this group is designed to fulfill your needs, so we would like to get feedback from each of you. Find the effort on Facebook or contact Kayla Schnuelle, 402-472-2935, to learn more about CYN.

1st Annual Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit October 28 & 29 in Grand Island
To register, go to

If you register before October 8, you will get our ‘Early Bird’ Registration Special- $49!  We hope to see you there.

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