Connecting Young Nebraskans

Connecting Young NebraskansConnecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) is a statewide network designed to connect, empower and retain young Nebraskans. CYN focuses on enhancing the opportunities for individuals ages 21–40 to impact their communities through networking and learning experiences. The CYN Network is a dynamic and diverse group of peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn and the desire to build important relationships that will impact the future.

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CYN can fuel your ability to make a difference!

Discover Purpose
As young leaders, we want to make a difference at work and in our communities. The CYN network connects us with others that have the same passion for creating better places to live, work and play.

Maximize Potential
CYNers provide a vital infusion of new ideas, energy, passion, and futuristic perspectives that springboard community success and attraction. Learn how to maximize your contributions and create engagement in your place.

Diversify Perspectives
Diversity drives innovation. Everyone’s unique perspectives are needed to create communities of the future. We work with community leaders to create a platform for idea sharing and to drive progress.

Engage to Retain
Engage and network with other catalysts of change to harness creativity and futuristic ideas that drive change. This investment in the next generation will create robust leadership for the future.



CYN is building a network of engaged young Nebraskans. CYN connects 550+ professionals and is continuing to develop new relationships across the state.




CYN is excited to announce that the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit theme is “Creating Life Balance!” The Summit will be hosted by York, NE at the Holtus Convention Center on October 28th with an exciting evening social the night before. Mark your calendars! Registration will open here on August 1st and a full agenda will be available then. We are also excited to announce that Lisa Gunderson is this year’s keynote speaker! Lisa is certified by Cy Wakeman Inc. to deliver Reality-Based leadership programs to audiences of all professional levels.


Presenting at the summit social on October 27th is Arthur Fratelli, a mentalist and entertainer. During the summit on October 28th, there will be engaging speakers and interactive breakout sessions which will include Senior Gallup Researcher, Shane Lopez who will be presenting on the science of hope.

Join us for a unique statewide event that brings together young professionals to develop new skills and share life experiences. The summit theme is “Creating Life Balance” and will feature a variety of topics from each holistic wellness category:

This will be the fifth state-wide summit of the CYN network and the energy and excitement of those coordinating this year’s event has been contagious. We hope to see you there!





Ginger Ady
North Platte

Eli Aguilar

Mary Berlie
Grand Island

Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong
West Point

Tiffany Crouse

Andrea Gebhart

Travis Haggard

Jonathan Jank

Chris Kreikemeier
West Point

Andrea McClintic

Jacie Milius

Jennifer Nollette

Becky Ries

Crystal Ramm

Kayla Schnuelle

Jordyn Bader



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Connecting Young Nebraskans is a program of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. The Rural Futures Institute believes that young leaders are a vital part of communities and that young leaders should be included in the community leadership structure. By embracing the growth and development of these individuals we can harness their ambitions to energize communities across the nation.