Events Past

Reflection on past events


Summer Networking Mixer

On August 22nd, 2019 Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit answered our membership’s call for another major open-house social event. This time with a bit of fun activity at its core, we held our official summer networking mixer entitled Mix & Fowl at The Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck, MI. Black Young Professionals’ networking mixers focus on cultivating an intentional space for networking socially among like-minded professionals of African decent. To do this, we bring our own special sauce to the table to alleviate anxiety and help everyone feel welcomed, included, and to meet new people.

 

What is “Fowling” you ask? Why it’s simply a new sport game that blends football and bowling together into one. Check out our Facebook video post explaining the game!

This summer’s event was free and open to both members and followers, however registration was mandatory. Registered guests enjoyed many cool perks for free! Including a catered appetizer bar by Events of Excellence Catering, unlimited soft drinks, exclusive Fowling lanes, and all-night venue access even after the event was over! The evening consisted of check-in, mingling, eating, and networking throughout the night from 6 PM until 9 PM. We also had exclusive lanes for our guests from 7 PM until 9 PM. Throughout the time the exclusive lanes were open, all that could be heard was laughing, cheering, and shouts of joy and anguish as people played their hearts out!

We would like to send a special thanks to Events of Excellence for the awesome food everyone loved. This local, Black-owned catering company provided us with top notch service for this event. We recommend you consider their full suite of services for your next event, big or small.

Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit’s mission is to unify and edify young professionals through various means including personal development, community service, and social events. This networking mixer another successful example of our work to stitch together the various silos in the Metro Detroit community of young Black professionals. If you have an idea for another event, drop us a line! Want to refer us to check out a particular business? Submit it here!

 

More photos can be found on in the official event album on our Facebook page here, or on Google Photos.

 

 


Riding for the Homeless

As we have done every August since 2016, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit gathered the most exceptional of young professionals to give back to the Detroit community. This year was no departure from our norm, as we brought over fifty superfly volunteers to support the 2019 Handlebars for the Homeless bike tour and fundraiser for homelessness awareness. This is an annual event planned by and benefiting our partner organization, Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).

Black Young Professionals’ Director Kevin stands next to Member and Volunteer Elton surveying progress of the event

Unfortunately this year — just days before this awesome event — NSO experienced a significant loss on their team. Christopher Parks, a man of many hats and a huge heart, and also a member of the NSO Board of Directors, passed away due to being involved in a fatal car accident. NSO President Linda Little spoke on Christopher’s contributions to the organization’s massive outreach efforts which he was a outstanding proponent of. Christopher was director of NSO’s homeless recovery program. Riders, volunteers, and staff shared a moment of silence in remembrance of Christopher before setting out on this year’s route.

Turn out to this year’s event was very similar to 2018, bringing hundreds of riders from all over Metro Detroit. This year’s event had many improvements, adjustments, and changes from 2018, including:

  • Improved tour routing
  • Shorter kick-off ceremony
  • New strategy for handling mechanical failures
  • Free ice cream for all riders and volunteers
  • Volunteer shirts: Gold
    Rider shirts: Purple
    Ride support shirts: Red
  • Ride length: Approximately 15 Miles

Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit has been working on various programs and events with NSO since 2016. NSO has been a deep rooted steward of compassion and hope in the city, focusing on the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Their commitment to improving the community speaks to the heart of our community service mission, creating an awesome synergy of opportunity between our two organizations. Volunteers receive free t-shirts, snacks, catered lunch, and latitude and agency to make impact through this major event. The intention is to further homelessness awareness in Detroit so that resources will become more plentiful and the influx of newcomers and existing residents will know we still care!

We sincerely thank every single volunteer that came out on both Saturday and Sunday to make this event successful! They were honored at our subsequent Mix and Fowl Networking Mixer!

For additional information check out this report by WDIV TV Detroit.


Juneteenth 2019 at CHW

On June 15th, Black Young Professionals of Metro Detroit partnered with other community members and organizations to support the first annual Juneteenth Jubilee.

The event, held at the Charles H. Wright (CHW) Museum of African American History in Detroit, was a day-long celebration of the emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas, the last geopolitical area of the former Confederate States where slaves were formally informed of their emancipation. The significance of this being the date of the notification, June 19th, 1865, is generally observed as the ending date for the vast majority of Slavery throughout the Southern United States. It wouldn’t be until December of 1865 when the 13th Amendment would be ratified into the Constitution, that slavery would be formally abolished across the entire country for good.

The extravaganza involved spoken word, musical and dance performances, workshops, art and cultural displays, vendors, food, and of course, an Afro-Chic after party. Hundreds from the metro Detroit community filled the museum to join in the commemoration.

Before the Afterglow party, there was an “Activate” and call-to-action phase to culminate all of the day’s educational activity. Black Young Professionals’ own Fatimah Muhammad prepared a presentation and interactive workshop on Supporting Black-owned Businesses. In this presentation she included critical actions Black consumers could take that can help our community’s businesses even when you can’t make it to their brick-and-mortar location.

  • Fact: Most Black-owned business are one employee (the founding owner) or a sole proprietorship. That is, most do not generate enough business and revenue to hire additional employees.
  • Fact: Black-owned businesses are not necessarily meant to serve only the Black community. The most successful businesses that are not culture-specific will have non-Black customers as well. Ever heard about keeping “dollars in our community longer” ? …. well, how about BOTH getting NEW dollars AND keeping them longer? That means you need non-Black customers as well.

What can you do?

  1. Find out what Black-owned (not simply Black-targeted or Black-operated) businesses there are in your area by checking out our link to Detroit Area Black Business’ Google Sheet: http://bit.ly/BBB313
  2. Leave reviews for Black-owned businesses you visit. Reviews help new consumers (Black and non-Black) determine if they’ll try out the business over another. Don’t you look at reviews before you try out a new business or service? Reviews help!
  3. Consider recommending Black-owned businesses to your non-Black friends/colleagues. Remember, what’s better than keeping money in our community longer? Getting more money into our community AND keeping it longer! Your recommendations will help that.

We would like to thank everyone who came to the Juneteenth Jubilee! Our presentation is available at the link below.

Download: BYP Activate Presentation (PPTX) – 228 KB