Ring in the New Year at Coffee with the EYPN

63980_629108303866117_5260000125378231631_nOn Friday, January 2, 2015 from 8-10am we would like to invite everyone to stop into Domani Café, 109 E. Highland Avenue, for a cup (or two) of coffee with us to learn who the Elgin Young Professionals Network is and what we do for the Elgin community. This event is open to professionals of all ages.

This is a great opportunity to come together and support one of the wonderful coffee shops we have in downtown Elgin. You buy your coffee and we’ll provide the conversation and company.

Come in on your day off and relax with us or stop in before work to ring in the new year with EYPN.

RSVP on our Coffee with the EYPN Facebook event page.

Elgin Seeking Image Award Nominees

elgin-300x180Elgin’s Image Advisory Commission is now seeking nominations for its prestigious Image Awards which annually recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on Elgin.

Categories include Individual/Professional, Individual/Volunteer, Projects (such as special events, fundraising projects and neighborhood improvements), Organizations/Businesses and Citizenship.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 23, 2015 at 5pm. Winners are selected by members of the Image Advisory Commission, and will be honored at the annual Image Awards event scheduled for March 19, 2015 at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. Nomination forms are available on the City’s website www.cityofelgin.org, Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex and The Centre of Elgin. For more information or questions regarding the Image Awards contact Barb Keselica, Special Events and Community Engagement Manager, at 847-531-7056.

Click here to access the Image Awards nomination form online.

EYPN 2014 Year in Review

EYPN1 (4)2015 promises to be an exciting year for the Elgin Young Professionals Network but before we look ahead, let’s look back upon what was a very positive and productive year of programming and progress for our young professionals:

- EYPN launched its official website, www.ElginYoungProfessionals.com, on January 10. The site features EYPN news, event listings, article links, and job and volunteer opportunities for area young professionals. The site averages 253 visitors and 511 views per month. Our network’s reach is also amplified to over 400 followers and subscribers thru the EYPN Facebook, Twitter and e-mail blast. Kudos to board members Krisilee Murphy and Jason Pawlowski for so diligently managing EYPN’s marketing and communications.

DSC_0577- In the spirit of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, our New Member Mix-and-Meet: Let the Games Begin event in January at Nick’s Pizza & Pub brought in over 20 new and current EYPN members to compete in a series of fun and engaging Minute-to-Win-It style games, such as Stapler Luge and Speed Tweeting, to see who would bring home the Gold. Congratulations to Krisilee Murphy, Aaron Cosentino and Christina Pearson for taking the gold, silver and bronze respectively and shout out to Andersen’s Trophies for providing our EYPN Let the Games Begin medals.

- This past year EYPN launched a new series of professional development seminars to help young professionals build skills and experience. The first seminar titled “Marketing Yourself Thru LinkedIn” was lead by Sam Madan, Director of Special Events and External Relations for Pillars. Held at Judson University in March and attended by almost 20 individuals, the seminar focused on tips for building a strong LinkedIn profile and creating and cultivating a new professional network to aid in job search and career development. At the seminar, local photographer James Harvey also provided free headshots for attendees to use as their new LinkedIn profile picture.

HulaforMoola- Our Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser in April at Chooch’s Pizza in downtown Elgin helped raise more than $1,500 for EYPN’s scholarship program supporting Elgin High School’s Clumsy Chefs culinary students entering Elgin Community College’s culinary arts program. The Clumsy Chefs program is spearheaded by U-46 teacher and EYPN member Ann Leider. EYPN members also supported the Clumsy Chefs at their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at Elgin High School.

EYPN YWCA Elgin- In May, EYPN Board President Becky Hardekopf was awarded the Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award by the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at their annual Mayor’s Luncheon. EYPN member Kari Christensen was awarded the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin‘s Volunteer of the Year Award at their annual Awards Gala in October. Hardekopf, Christensen and EYPN member Ann Leider were also nominated by their peers for YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon Awards. Board Vice President Krisilee Murphy was honored by her alma mater Western Illinois University as a distinguished alumni. She was also nominated for an Elgin Image Award earlier this year.

10357754_548910101885938_462718589515232118_o- In June, EYPN conducted its second professional development series entitled “The Benefits of Being Part of a Board” at Al’s Café. The seminar featured a panel discussion and Q&A with Kimberly Bless, CEO/President – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Karin Jones, Board President – Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, and Sharon Bush, Elgin Program Director and Senior Program Officer – Grand Victoria Foundation, and concluded with a dynamic presentation about developing board leadership and chemistry by Denise Baretto – Managing Partner of Relationships Matter Now.

- For the third straight year, EYPN organized a series of Cash Mobs to support Elgin area businesses and promote buying local. Much like a Flash Mob, a Cash Mob is where shoppers are invited to show up all at once to “mob” a local business on a set date and time to shop, socialize and spend a minimum of $20 per person. Participants are also encouraged beforehand to spread the word to their spheres of influence thru their social media channels and word-of-mouth to effectively deliver one huge day of sales to these local businesses. This year more than 60 cash mobsters shopped Herb’s Bakery in June and the Tinsel Holiday Pop-Up Shop in downtown Elgin in December.

- As part of EYPN’s community service mantra, several EYPN members worked with the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin to serve as volunteer judges at events such as the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade and Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland.

10313124_571038499673098_5272885607440949448_n- In July, EYPN painted the town “RAW” with rhythms, art and wine at our first ever RAW Night at Ola la Ijorere. More than 20 EYPN members came out to enjoy an evening of painting, networking and good times while supporting a burgeoning local arts business in downtown Elgin.

10606132_621654237944857_2109299508190327828_n- In November, EYPN members participated in and served as an event sponsor of the Annual Elgin Youth Scholarship Challenge at The Centre of Elgin. After a competitive series of physical and mental challenges and events Team EYPN took Second Place overall. Thanks to participants Kari Christensen, Mary Kay Frankel, Becky Hardekopf, Barb Keselica, Elissa Kojzarek, Elaina McCalmont, Chad Meyers, Krisilee Murphy, Mike Murphy, Jason Pawlowski, Christina Pearson and Shalina Wozny.

1483441_822133597806813_9077784208465731995_n- For the second straight year, EYPN members helped organize the Elgin Home for the Holidays program. This year’s initiative united 23 Elgin area not-for-profit organizations in collaborative promotion of nearly 50 of our non-profit community’s holiday events to help brand Elgin as a destination for holiday tourism. The Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event at Gail Borden Public Library on November 8 drew more than 2,300 people and featured horse-drawn carriage rides, non-profit expo, bi-lingual reading activity with Mrs. Claus sponsored by United Way of Elgin, holiday photo booth manned by the Elgin 360 Photography Club, and musical performances by Elgin Children’s Chorus, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Voices. A huge thank you goes out to our Elgin Home for the Holidays co-chairs, Elaina McCalmont and Brittany Mitchell, as well as our Kick-Off Chair and board member liaison Stacy Michel for all of their efforts in pulling together this year’s program.

How can we top 2014? Join EYPN in 2015 to find out.

Elgin Area Manufacturing Career Internship Program for Young Adults

EDG logo 2014The Elgin-Area Manufacturing Career Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing. The program provides young adults ages 18-21 the opportunity to learn about and start a career in manufacturing by paying for them to participate in a 6-week internship with area employers.

The MCIP starts with a 3-week boot camp on Monday, January 5 to introduce WIA-eligible youth to today’s manufacturing careers. The boot camp provides a 10-hr. OSHA Certification, and a focus on work ethic, math skills, motivation and attitude, communication skills and interviewing techniques.

After the boot camp, participating employers have an opportunity to meet and select interns on Wednesday, January 21 for a paid, 6-week, 240-hour internship. Intern assignments are made on “Draft Day” on Friday, January 23 and the internship program begins Monday, February 2. Upon conclusion of the internships, employers have the option of hiring.

Organized and presented by the Elgin Development GroupElgin Community College and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, MCIP also benefits area employers by providing companies the opportunity to find and train motivated entry-level employees with no commitment required to hire after the paid internship is completed. Business and Career Services, Inc. (BCC), a not-for-profit 501c(3), serves as the employer of record, pays wages to the interns and covers all payroll and liability insurance throughout the internship. There is no charge to the company.

The MCIP is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) through the state and regional Workforce Investment Board and the Kane County Department of Employment & Education, and is administered by BCS.

The MCIP was featured as a “Best Practice” at the 2012 National Association of Workforce Board Professionals in Las Vegas, and receive the Innovative Solutions Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership in 2014.

Click here to watch a YouTube video of the MCIP program in action.

For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Elgin-Area Manufaturing Careers Internship Program, contact:

MCIP Outreach Liaison
Sid Hussaini
847-809-8901
sid@medusainc.com

BCS Youth Coordinator
Eddie Perez
224-538-1039
eperez@bcsillinois.org

For general information about Business and Career Services, Inc., visit www.worknetncc.com.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Bilingual Parent Educator

ChildServORGANIZATION: ChildServ – Elgin, IL

POSITION: Bilingual Parent Educator

Provide paraprofessional assistance to the EHS/Home Based program participants, including pregnant and parenting adults and children from birth to age 3. The Parent Educator is also responsible for providing resources and support through educational and family development activities. Participate in initial orientation and ongoing training; Conduct weekly home visits to families and provide services as outlined in the service plan. Build and encourage constructive relationships with the families to increase their knowledge of their children’s developmental needs and ability to advocate for their family. Serve as a positive role model for parents to help strengthen the parenting skills of adult caregivers in the families. Complete initial assessments on parents and children; May act as mentor for newly hired Parent Educator. Refer parents to community resources and provide follow-up to ensure needs were met. Complete all required documentation by established deadlines. Participate in monthly activities offered for families. Encourage and motivate parents to attend center-based socialization activities. Recruit new families through positive promotion of the agency and its programs. Participate in scheduled group and individual supervision meetings, providing progress of families and concerns. Responsible for recruiting entire caseload of 20 clients.

Qualifications: Parent Educator must be at least 21 years of age. One to five years experience required. Experience in a social services setting preferred. Must be familiar with the ethnic background and sensitive to the cultures of families in target communities. Must have access to an insured automobile. Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word required. Bachelors Degree in social service or childhood education required. Access to insured auto required.

Elgin requires Bilingual candidate able to read, write speak fluent Spanish.

Send resumes to: Careers@childserv.org or for further questions, please contact Ms. Bebe Bermudez at 773-867-7326.

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Dec 8-14

ehfth14Elgin Home for the Holidays, presented by Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, is in full swing so join us and be sure to add this week’s slate of events from our Elgin area non-profits to your shopping list:

DECEMBER 1-15
Christmas Toy Drive
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Donation Drive

Help make the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin holiday celebration a little bit more merry for a child with your donations of unwrapped toys geared for youth between 1st – 12th grade. Donations can be dropped off at the Boys & Girls of Elgin Clubhouse located at 355 Dundee Avenue.  All donations will be distributed to Club Members at our December holiday celebration.

DECEMBER 1-31
Holiday Wish List
Elgin Area Chamber
Donation Drive

Many area non-profit organizations are in need of essential, basic necessities from office supplies to equipment while others could benefit from financial donations or simply the gift of your volunteer service. You can find a complete list of items needed as well as the organizations in need by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, during regular business hours. You can also contact them at (847) 741-5660 for more information.

DECEMBER 10
EYPN Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop
Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor

4-9PM
Free Event

This year’s Tinsel Pop-Up Shop will feature multiple vendors and artisans offering unique handmade crafts and other holiday gift ideas and décor and Elgin Young Professional Network is asking interested Cash Mobsters to join them from 4-9pm and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street that evening to fulfill all of your holiday shopping needs. As an additional Christmas bonus, Solo restaurant and wine bar will offer an exclusive Holiday Wine Tasting – taste 15 different wines for only $15 – as well as discounted appetizers to all participating EYPN Cash Mobsters from 5:30-8:30pm.

DECEMBER 11
Tinsel Time with Dave Herzog’s Marionettes
Gail Borden Public Library
10AM
Free Event

Enjoy Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, a variety show featuring puppets that sing and dance to celebrate the holiday season. Mrs. Claus will join the fun!

DECEMBER 11
Holiday Open House
YWCA Elgin
5PM
Free Event

Please join the YWCA Elgin Board and Staff as we celebrate 113 years in the Elgin community. We look forward to our lobby being packed with friends from near and far who share in the festive spirit of the season, while meeting with neighbors and enjoying the home- baked holiday treats, warm apple cider, holiday music and the YW’s Tree of Thanks!

DECEMBER 11
Downtown Neighborhood Association Annual Holiday Mixer
Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street
6PM
Free Event

Celebrate the season as well as another year of service to the downtown Elgin community. This is a cash bar event, however, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Eventastik will be served. RSVP in advance to info@downtownelgin.com.

DECEMBER 13
Christmas Luncheon
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
12PM
Ticketed Event

Enjoy a festive, homemade Christmas luncheon while flower arrangements are being made. The flower arrangements will be auctioned off after lunch. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the church office through December 8th.

DECEMBER 13
Christmas Posada
Gail Borden Public Library
2PM
Free Event

Bring your family and friends for a Christmas celebration ‘posada-style.’ There will be crafts, stories, Mexican punch, candy, and traditional Christmas carols in Spanish with the St. Joseph Church choir. No registration. Meadows Community Rooms.

DECEMBER 13-14
ESO Magical Holiday Concerts featuring Elgin Master Chorale
Elgin Symphony Orchestra at Hemmens Cultural Center
2:30 & 7:30PM – Saturday
2:30PM – Sunday
Ticketed Event

A truly magical experience awaits you at the ESO holiday concerts with the Elgin Master Chorale.  Featuring your favorite holiday music, the concerts are perfect for the whole family.

DECEMBER 13
Live Read Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Side Street Studio Arts

8PM
Ticketed Event

Side Street Studio Arts Live Read Series flips the script, literally on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. With the help of local artists and actors, we will create live script-reading sessions of this modern American cinema masterpiece. $5 Suggested Donation at the door - $1 from every donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin.

DECEMBER 14
Chanukah Bazaar
Congregation Kneseth Israel

9AM-12PM
Free Event

The annual Chanukah Bazaar features items for sale related to Chanukah and Judaism.

DECEMBER 14
Latke Lunch
Congregation Kneseth Israel
12PM
Ticketed Event

Family lunch featuring traditional latkes (potato pancakes) and hot dogs in celebration of the holiday of Hanukah.  Open to all ages.  Reservations a must. Call 847-741-5656 or go to www.ckielgin.org

Our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you again that this year you can turn your holiday trip to Elgin into an affordable weekend getaway! Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest ($84 per night) and Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin ($79 per night) are offering special room rates for the holiday season when you mention “Elgin Home for the Holidays” when you book. Stop in between all the holiday events to recharge, escape from the cold or relax in the pool. Restrictions apply. Not applicable with any other offer or discounts. Based on availability and must call ahead to make reservations.

Elgin Home for the Holidays features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events.

For a list of all 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays events as well as a complete list of participating Elgin area non-profits, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Dec 1-7

ehfth14It’s a huge weekend of Elgin Home for the Holidays events so we’ve made a list (and even checked it twice!)

This week’s slate of Elgin Home for the Holidays events includes ornament making, a celebration of Chanukah and Krampus, a holiday tea to warm your spirits, a cherished downtown Elgin Christmastime storefront window decorating tradition and the annual City of Elgin tree lighting just to name a few:

DECEMBER 1-15
Christmas Toy Drive
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Donation Drive

Help make the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin holiday celebration a little bit more merry for a child with your donations of unwrapped toys geared for youth between 1st – 12th grade.  Donations can be dropped off at the Boys & Girls of Elgin Clubhouse located at 355 Dundee Avenue.  All donations will be distributed to Club Members at our December holiday celebration.

DECEMBER 1-31
Holiday Wish List
Elgin Area Chamber
Donation Drive

Many area non-profit organizations are in need of essential, basic necessities from office supplies to equipment while others could benefit from financial donations or simply the gift of your volunteer service. You can find a complete list of items needed as well as the organizations in need by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, during regular business hours. You can also contact them at (847) 741-5660 for more information.

DECEMBER 5
First Friday Krampuslauf
Side Street Studio Arts
6PM
Free Event

Opening Reception of ‘Krampuslauf’ during First Fridays in Elgin. Krampuslauf is an inaugural holiday event fashioned after the age old tradition of Krampus lore in northern Europe and showcasing the tradition’s influence on the arts. And please join us Saturday, November 22nd at Side Street Studio Noon-6pm for Krampus Mask-Making Workshop!

DECEMBER 5
Ceramic Holiday Family Event
The Centre of Elgin
6:30PM
Ticketed Event

Come join us for a fun evening designing and painting holiday ornaments and plates. Each child will be given an ornament to paint and decorate as they choose. Each family will have one plate to design and paint as they wish. All projects will be clear glazed and fired and be available to pick up on December 15th. The family fee ($30/R $50/NR) is for a family of four with 2 children, if additional ornaments are needed just purchase the additional ornament fee at time of registration.  Refreshments will be served.

DECEMBER 6
FREE Kids Day
Side Street Studio Arts
11AM
Free Event

Holiday themed arts and crafts for kids of all ages.

DECEMBER 6
Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland
Downtown Neighborhood Association and Streets of Downtown Elgin
12PM
Free Event

The DNA’s 16th Annual Window Wonderland returns Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12-5pm.  Celebrate the Sights, Sounds, and Scents of the Season! This year’s activities include the time honored tradition of decorated store front windows (theme to be announced), roasting of chestnuts, decorating cookies, holiday music and Santa’s real live reindeer! Stop by Elgin Police Department Open House, do a figure-8 at City Skate, enjoy the sounds of the season, write Holiday Letters to Soldiers, relax on the carriage ride and much, much more! It truly proves to be a magical wonderland in downtown Elgin that all leads up to the official City of Elgin’s Tree Lighting Ceremony ~ Truly a holiday season favorite!

DECEMBER 6
Holiday Tea
Elgin History Museum

1PM
Free Event

Revel in the holiday delights of an opera performance by a trio of talented singers. Enjoy Old Main dressed up for Christmas with holiday exhibits and ornament making. Delicious holiday treats, punch, and tea will be served.

DECEMBER 6
City of Elgin’s Tree Lighting
City of Elgin
5PM
Free Event

The City of Elgin will be kicking off the holiday season with their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Mayor David Kaptain, City Council Members, and Santa Claus will turn on the holiday tree lights.  Bring the whole family out and help welcome Santa to town.

DECEMBER 6
Judson University’s Christmas Concert
Judson University – Herrick Chapel
7PM
Free Event

Come hear Judson University’s Chorus, Civic Orchestra and special guest artist Bob Bennett, a fabulous songwriter and amazing acoustic guitarist, whose Matters of the Heart was rated one of the 25 all-time best contemporary Christian music albums by CCM Magazine. Enjoy this concert that will also have interludes for congregational singing and hear Bob Bennett perform selections from his Christmastide CD.

DECEMBER 7
Chanukah Bazaar
Congregation Kneseth Israel

9AM-12PM
Free Event

The annual Chanukah Bazaar features items for sale related to Chanukah and Judaism.

DECEMBER 7
Christmastide Carols Concert
Elgin Community College
3PM
Free Event

Elgin Children’s Chorus will perform a variety of lively and classic Christmas songs for you to enjoy.

Our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you again that this year you can turn your holiday trip to Elgin into an affordable weekend getaway! Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest ($84 per night) and Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin ($79 per night) are offering special room rates for the holiday season when you mention “Elgin Home for the Holidays” when you book. Stop in between all the holiday events to recharge, escape from the cold or relax in the pool. Restrictions apply. Not applicable with any other offer or discounts. Based on availability and must call ahead to make reservations.

Elgin Home for the Holidays is co-presented by Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library and features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events.

For a list of all 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays events as well as a complete list of participating Elgin area non-profits, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

Join the Holiday Cash Mob at Tinsel Pop-Up Shop 12/10

felt-handmade-christmas-crafts-holiday-decorations-1Still have stockings to stuff or last minute gifts to grab? Then you need to “join the mob” this holiday shopping season with Elgin Young Professionals Network.

On Wednesday, December 10, EYPN invites you and yours to their Holiday Cash Mob from 4-9pm at the Tinsel Pop-Up Shop, 13 Douglas Avenue, 2nd Floor in downtown Elgin above the brand new Solo restaurant and wine bar.

This year’s Tinsel Pop-Up Shop will feature multiple vendors and artisans offering unique handmade crafts and other holiday gift ideas and décor.

Cash Mobsters are asked to attend and spend at least $20 to support the local businesses. Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, will also be open across the street that evening to fulfill all of your holiday shopping needs.

NEWLY ADDED! As an additional Christmas bonus, Solo restaurant and wine bar will offer an exclusive Holiday Wine Tasting - taste 15 different wines for only $15 – as well as discounted appetizers to all participating EYPN Cash Mobsters from 5:30-8:30pm. Here’s to making your shopping day merry and bright with a Solo wine tasting flight!

EYPN coordinates and promotes these Cash Mobs throughout the year as a way to recognize and support the local businesses that provide Elgin with its character, economic partnerships and genuine customer service.

Be sure to tell your friends and family to join us for a night of shopping small with EYPN in downtown Elgin.

For more information or to RSVP for the EYPN Holiday Cash Mob, visit our EYPN Cash Mob Event Page on Facebook.