Her name is Jocelyn Hines. She grew up in the Muskegon area and came home from college only to create a new social networking system for young African Americans, who are entering into the professional world. After graduating from college in 2016, Ms. Hines had a vision of reaching out to other young college graduates or students that were still in college, who wanted a comfortable place within peers of their own to socially network. This includes seeking guidance of young black professionals who have been where they are going or are are striving to get where they are.
Jocelyn Hines is the founder and creator of Young Black Professionals which began organizing in 2017. Most people think that to become a member of Young Black Professionals, you must be a scholar with lots of degrees. But, that's actually not true at all. To be honest, they are a group of young people who are striving to become young professionals and entrepreneurs. Although this group doesn't require anyone to have a degree it does promote education and professionalism in the workplace. Their mission is to provide a safe and comfortable place for young adults to gather and network without feeling displaced.
Although covid-19 has slowed down social gatherings, this group is very hopeful that the next year will allow them to continue the works in which they started. Ms. Hines feels that with this new Social Network gathering, it will allow other young professionals to feel more confident in meeting new professionals whom are already established or just just getting stated. Members ages range from 21-50. With new visions in place, already towards the new year, I can't wait to see what this group of Young Black Professionals have in store for Muskegon County's upcoming new year.
Ms.Hines feels that having social mixers will allow young people who are not yet established, the opportunity to meet those who may be able to lead them in the right direction. This will also help them to grow into the upcoming professionals that they are striving to become.
Hopefully, the corona virus numbers will decrease enough for Ms. Hines to put together another successful social mixer for Young Black Professionals for Muskegon County in 2021. Until then, Ms. Hines states that they will continue to partner and have events online. You can keep up with Young Black Professionals by following them on Facebook.