Who We Are
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana is an all-volunteer organization committed to making our community a better place. All of YLNI’s efforts are focused on three core endeavors:
1) Community Growth & Development
We want Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas to be great places to work and live – full of culture, arts & entertainment, great restaurants, places to hang out and things to do. We want a community that supports healthy living with parks, festivals, and outdoor activities. And to fuel this growth, we want local businesses and institutions to thrive.
YLNI takes an active role in making all of the above happen. Take, for instance, our commitment to the revitalization of downtown Fort Wayne. We are members of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Northeast Indiana Regional Chamber. Our Community Impact Committee has representation from various local organizations and entities, including The Alliance, Fort Wayne Trails, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Fort Wayne Public Market Committee, Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, United Way, and a variety of others seeking to improve our community. Representation like this allows the voice of our demographic to be heard.
2) Volunteering & Involvement
We believe that getting involved in the community is one of the best ways to make it grow. That’s why we create numerous opportunities for members to volunteer. In fact, many of our events involve the entire community – people of all ages, whether YLNI members or not. A prime example is the YLNI Barr Street Market. Every summer the corner of Barr & Wayne Streets is bustling with local farmers, bakers, and artisans selling their goods while local musicians entertain the crowd. We also organize YLNI the Vote, a non-partisan campaign to register and educate voters during the general election. Many of our members are also volunteers for other organizations around town.
3) Personal & Professional Development
As our members have worked to develop northeast Indiana, they’ve grown as individuals, too. They have networked, formed friendships and business partnerships, learned a lot from each other, and become more business-savvy at home
and on the job. To accelerate this growth, we host numerous events and programs to help our members expand their horizons and advance in their personal and professional lives.
In recent years, we’ve hosted members-only financial classes and events. There’s also our ongoing series View from the Top, where members learn directly from business leaders. One of our most successful endeavors, the Leadership Institute, is an intensive six-seminar training program for members seeking a launchpad for career advancement.
Regardless of which programs you choose to participate in, we guarantee you’ll have fun and find plenty of opportunities to network. In fact, many of our events are all about networking and meeting new people. That’s a common thread you’ll find in all we do – growing your social and business connections.