The Civic Engagement committee organizes Thursday Network members and young professionals in support of the policies, programs, and positions of the National Urban League. This committee works closely with the National Urban League Washington Bureau and recommends actions on civic & social issues relevant to Civil Rights, Racial Justice, Civic Engagement, Political Engagement, and more. This committee plans and executes events such as voter registration drives, petition signings, and candidate forums.
The Civic Engagement committee allows members who are interested in civic engagement and public policy issues to organize, implement informative programs and initiatives to spread awareness about civic & social issues that affect our community.
Thursday Network’s Community Service committee is a joint committee comprised of Events and Programs. The committee focuses on projects designed to positively impact and shape the metropolitan DC community by providing different opportunities for members to get involved. The overall purpose of the committee is to provide service events for our members.
Under the Community Service Events committee, members plan and participate in various monthly activities, such as voter empowerment and registration drives, blanket and food drives, and national disease awareness walks. The committee also works with local community based organizations to implement and assist with their initiatives, including Capital Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and Hands on DC.
The Community Service Programs committee offers members an opportunity to volunteer with established community programs over a period of time through our signature community service programs. These programs include our annual Young Black’s Give Back community service month, the “I EMPOWER” Scholarship program and the Empowerment Academy Mentorship program.
If money makes the world go round, then the Fund Development Committee is responsible for keeping the Thursday Network on its axis. Utilizing strategic planning and innovative thinking, the committee raises money for the Thursday Networks scholarships, community service initiatives, and general operating expenses through grants, social activities, and corporate sponsors. While money may not grow on trees, the committee’s efforts help to ensure that the Thursday Network will blossom well into the future.
The Fund Development committee allows members to hone in on their corporate fundraising skills, event planning skills, crowd fundraising skills, and grant writing skills all while furthering the mission of Thursday Network.
The Membership Services committee provides strategic guidance to retain and grow an actively engaged membership through various recruitment/outreach efforts, member hospitality events, and the exploration and development of new membership benefits. Additionally, the Membership Committee educates members on how vital their membership and involvement is to Thursday Network, the Greater Washington Urban League, the National Urban League, and the National Urban League Young Professionals.
The Membership Committee provides members the opportunity to exercise their skills in membership recruitment and retention, developing membership benefit relationships, implementing programs and initiatives to keep members actively engaged and planning membership retreats to foster creativity and team building for our membership.
Members of this committee are also responsible for greeting all members and guests at the monthly general body meetings. This committee allows members to be welcoming faces of Thursday Network, which offers all members and guests a pleasant and welcoming experience at Thursday Network events.
Are you a people-person? Do you enjoy meeting and greeting new people? If that sounds like you, we’d love to have you on the TN Membership Committee. Email us for more details!
The Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Committee provides a forum where members from various professional backgrounds can share and exchange ideas, both professionally and personally. Though an array of programs and events, members discuss topics such as financial planning, local and national politics, entrepreneurship, career enhancement skills, and physical and mental health. In addition, the PPD committee also provides guest speakers for Thursday Network General Body meetings, and plans professional development seminars.
The Personal & Professional Development committee empowers members to plan events, workshops, seminars, and monthly general body meetings that enhance members’ personal and professional development. This committee provides members the opportunity to plan and execute informative and exciting meetings for the general body and guests, while sharpening their event/meeting planning skills.
Being the nation’s premier young professional group rings hollow unless the rest of the world knows it. That said, the Public Relations Committee informs local and national communities about Thursday Network’s activities and initiatives. In addition to maintaining internal communications and web site information, the committee also serves as the initial contact between the Thursday Network and various philanthropic individuals and groups, partnering organizations, and media sources. In a world that often judges by appearance, and not substance, the Public Relations Committee ensures that the Thursday Networks image coincides with its character.
The Public Relations committee promotes the events and activities of Thursday Network through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn social media outlets. Additionally, all newsletter communications, press releases, and web site maintenance is executed by this committee. The Public Relations committee offers members the opportunity to develop and/or sharpen their communications skills and assist Thursday Network in spreading the word about our impact in the metropolitan DC area.
The Pride Committee is comprised of members who share a vision of inclusiveness and aim to advocate for LGBTQ+ issues. The committee accomplishes this goal by advocating for fair treatment, promoting diversity and inclusion in education, promoting social justice and equitable treatment of LGTBQ individuals in society and by increasing awareness around health issues in the LGBTQ community. We also seek to engage, partner and participate in pride events/programming throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
Social & Cultural Committee organizes and coordinates socially and culturally diverse events for Thursday Network members to enjoy and reflect on after we, as an organization, have fulfilled our primary goal of serving and uplifting our community. We strive to enhance camaraderie between Thursday Network members and celebrate culture in all its forms through monthly events, such as theatrical/dance performances, museum tours, and ethnic dining, or seasonal events. You don’t have to be an event planner to join, you just need great ideas for bringing people together and the willingness to see them through.
*Note: All Thursday Network committee meetings take place at GWUL Headquarters located at 2901 14th St. NW unless otherwise noted. Upcoming meeting location, date and times are subject to change, please email committee chairs to confirm meeting details.