Connecting Young Nebraskans

Connecting 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.


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 spaces.

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.



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2016 CYN Summit

CYN Steering Committee


CYN Brochure
2016 CYN Summit Flyer
2015 Year in Review

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.