What is the composition of the group?
The Young Alumni Leadership Council is comprised of 100 alumni ranging in undergraduate class years from 2006 to 2015. Members represent a variety of locations, majors and career paths. Alumni and development officers from schools and units at Carolina participated in the nominating process. Tar Heels are selected based on their interest in getting involved, previous involvements or leadership potential.
What is the specific purpose of this group?
This council was created in effort to engage graduates of the University from the last ten years who are interested in having a more active role as an alumnus of UNC. It will serve as a pipeline to feed alumni into other more specific boards and efforts on campus, based on what each member is interested in. Members are encouraged to be ambassadors to the University by sharing news and information about Carolina among their alumni peers across the country through social media efforts and hosting events.
What are some of the campus groups council members can connect with?
There are a range of boards and working groups in various schools and units that YALC members will build ties with like the General Alumni Association, The Rams Club, the Board of Visitors, and of course the Office of University Development. We hope this council will serve as a way to introduce you to the various ways you can make a difference at Carolina, as well as give you a positive experience with volunteering for the University.
What will the agenda be like at the annual meeting?
The meeting will be the primary time to showcase current issues and initiatives happening on campus, receive volunteer training and brainstorm new ways the council can connect to other young alumni in the coming year. The event is typically held in the spring with a social gathering on Friday evening and an all-day meeting with university administrators, faculty, students and other YALC members on Saturday.
Does the group have a leadership structure?
At this point, we do not have a specific leadership structure in place.
Are members required to make a large gift?
No. A gift of any amount counts toward the participation of the council. Members are asked to make a charitable contribution to Carolina on an annual basis, in an amount that is appropriate for their capacity to give. A suggested gift amount is the Chancellor’s Clubs 1793 Society Level, which is $500 for graduates of 2011-2015 or $1,000 for graduates of 2006-2010. Monthly giving is also an option, through recurring credit card payments or bank draft. You can also consider learning if your employer matches your charitable contributions to UNC.
What does hosting an event entail?
Each member of the council is asked to host an event of their choice during their 2-3 year term. An event may come in many forms, including hosting a small dinner party at your home, gathering a group of Tar Heels for a happy hour, organizing a service project in your region or gathering with other council members for a large reception in your region. All events are paid for by a host committee, which may be organized by the council member with administrative help from Carolina Annual Giving. Our office can also help with marketing, e-mail invitations, event logistics and day-of event needs. Each member has the flexibility to choose what kind of event best fits their interests, available time and resources.
What if I can’t attend the annual meeting in the spring?
We realize young alumni are at different stages in their life and careers. While you may not be able to attend the annual meeting, there are still ways for you to get involved by hosting an event and making a charitable contribution. There will also be an opportunity for you to attend a future meeting or event in the Chapel Hill area.