I echo others statements. As the President of YGL, I think a YGL chapter is a good answer (though by no means the only one) depending on what you are solving for.
To me the biggest benefit provided by a national organization like YGL is the umbrella community. This comes through in having a community of practice with whom to benchmark best practices, share ideas, and implement proven programs. The other big benefit is the built in network of young professionals across the country and the different levels of government (at last count we have over 3200 members) across our 10 chapters, and a plan to bring more chapters online throughout the year.
That said, all of those things are subordinate to having an inspired, energized critical mass of young leaders. Without that success is unlikely, and with it, success can be gained through myriad channels. I think a grassroots model in which you provide a framework for development, executive level support and advice, and adequate resources to support activities is the best way – we’ve had a lot of success creating conditions in which young people can build something of their own to meet their specific vision and needs. I’m happy to speak with you at greater length. Best of luck!
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