Building Connections: Youth Collaboration & Community Partnerships
Facilitating collaboration and networking amongst youth groups can be challenging due to busy schedules.
Youth often want to connect with their local nonprofits outside of fundraising or grantmaking. Nonprofits may struggle to understand the most efficient way to connect with each other and the youth in their community.
Join us for this webinar with Olivia Henry, from the Council of Michigan Foundations, and Eric Hessel, from the Hendricks County Community Foundation. They will share ways their organizations are successfully convening nonprofits and promoting cross-sector collaboration.
- Facilitation methods adult leaders can use to collaborate with one another and the youth they serve.
- Ways youth can interact with local nonprofits and how youth-serving nonprofits can interact with one another.
- How to value youth voice throughout the process.
Olivia is a Detroit native and graduate of Grand Valley State University. She is currently a Program Coordinator at the Council of Michigan Foundations. At CMF she works with youth programs, affinity groups, and constituencies. Olivia formerly worked at the Detroit Food Policy Council, where she led the Council’s youth programming and social media networks. In addition to her professional work Oliviais a longtime volunteer with the Michigan Youth Workers Association and is on the Executive Board of Mission31 Incorporated. Olivia loves volunteering, advocacy, and has a special place in her heart for youth work.
Eric Hessel is the Program Officer at the Hendricks County Community Foundation building relationships in the local community that assist in strategic and effective grantmaking decisions as well as community leadership. After working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, Eric knows that building positive relationships and networks in a community truly create progress. Eric regularly teaches grantmaking best practices for the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Prior to joining HCCF full time, Hessel worked in creative therapy in New York City as well as with the Easter Seals and the US Census Bureau in Austin, TX. Hessel, who grew up in Pittsboro, currently lives in downtown Indianapolis with his two dogs. Eric holds a BS in political science from New York University.