Going from a sweet six to a strong seven, Sacramento’s Metro EDGE organization has shown the region how young professionals can help improve the future by focusing on the present. In 2016, EDGE has: hosted a young professional summit that drew 600+ people from Reno to the Bay, raised almost $10,000 to help efforts in transitioning homeless families to long-term housing, and connected hundreds of the region’s young professionals to local business leaders.
As the organization celebrates its seventh anniversary, the growth of the philanthropy and professional development arms of EDGE are being seen and felt in the community. From January through June, EDGE members worked to partner with Sacramento’s Next Move Family Shelter. This partnership provided the family shelter with PR services, volunteer hours and in June, a new playground for the children to play on while they stayed at the shelter. The effort was part of a long-term plan to connect the area’s young professionals and their personal and professional talents with nonprofits throughout the region that need help. For EDGE leaders, 2016 was about shining a spotlight on homelessness issues throughout the area to address its effects, while educating young leaders on ways to alleviate the problem in years to come.
EDGE can boast the honor of having the largest single-day summit in Northern California for the third year running. Its annual Emerge Summit brought more than 600 young professionals to Sacramento to hear from artists, celebrities, entrepreneurs, local businesses and political leaders about what is pushing this latest Sacramento revival and making this a place for future changemakers.
And now, as six turns to seven, EDGE already has its eyes on what it will be when seven turns to eight. With a 2017 theme of “#dareto,” EDGErs will be invited to dare to do something toput new footprints in our region’s history book. So as we wish Metro EDGE a happy birthday, we can’t wait to watch them grow (older in age and larger in number) and make their mark on our community.
Have you heard, Metro EDGE is turning 7 years old, and they’ve got a lot to celebrate! The young professional organization will take a ride down memory lane at the California State Railroad Museum to recap key throwback moments in EDGE history — and we’ve got tickets for you to join!
More than 600 young professionals gathered at Memorial Auditorium on March 18 for the third annual MetroEDGE Emerge Summit. National in scope and local in focus, the summit is created for and by young professionals to inspire action in their cities, communities and careers.
On March 18, I will send more than 50 SAFE Credit Union employees to the Metro EDGE Emerge Summit. This collaborative effort of Sacramento’s young professional leaders will create an amazing forum to consider new ways of contributing to the growth and transformation of the Sacramento region. Each year, this event draws hundreds of young professionals. The summit promotes innovation and broadens one’s network, all while offering professional development resources.