In 2018, Young Professionals of PBKNY was created by Matthew Kriegsman to host events and initiatives to satisfy the preferences of young PBKNY alumni that were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa within the last fifteen years. The Committee works in collaboration with the National Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Phi Beta Kappa New York Association. We encourage recent inductees to join us, engage in leadership opportunities within the committee, and to become actively part of the greater Phi Beta Kappa community.
Interested in learning more about us? To join, or to share new ideas and suggestions, feel free to message our YP Committee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2020 has been a year where many of us have tackled challenges, and received support from our friends, families, and networks. In this spirit, the Young Professionals are excited to give back through a virtual Food Drive with the Food Bank for New York City. We volunteered with the Food Bank in person last year and had a great time, and this year we are adapting our efforts to our new virtual reality. If you decide to participate, you will have the option to virtually donate specific food items, as well as giving the Food Bank for New York City a monetary donation. All proceeds from gifts made through this Virtual Food Drive go directly toward the fight to end hunger in New York City.
Please click here to donate – you will have until December 6th to participate.
In conjunction with our Food Drive, the Young Professionals will also be hosting a virtual event on December 8th at 8 pm to discuss our experiences volunteering and to celebrate our Food Drive efforts. You can register here, and we will follow up with additional details as the event gets closer.
If you are looking for other ways to give back, our Emerging Leaders have compiled a list of volunteering opportunities that can be performed virtually:
Write a letter to elders that have experienced additional isolation due to Covid-19
Help the New York Public Library by transcribing oral history interviews to facilitate searching for specific topics, and ensuring an important piece of history is preserved
Create DIY pet toys that can be donated to the Anti-Cruelty Society: everyone is invited to utilize their collection of craft tutorials to create enrichment items to donate to shelter pets. Items can be mailed to the below address.
The Anti-Cruelty Society
157 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Write holiday cards/letters or make artwork and send it to residents at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, a short-term rehab/ long-term care nursing facility on Long Island.
Parker is filled with many different residents of differing functional levels so a variation of holiday cards, letters and artwork would be appreciated.
For the holiday cards and letters, feel free to talk a bit about yourself and send well wishes. For the artwork, feel free to create something that can be displayed in a resident’s room. Items can be mailed to the below address.
A Special Resident at Parker Jewish Institute
c/o Therapeutic Recreation
271-11 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040-1433
Find incarcerated LGBTQIA2S+ PenPals and begin writing to them within minutes, allowing you to form lasting connections and care to imprisoned folx. Penpals are respectful of each other's boundaries and mindful of the fact that they may have some difficult conversations.
No pressure for it to be long term! Communicating your availability is all that is asked.
Recent Graduate Essay Contest
During Summer 2020, we hosted a Recent Graduate Essay Contest and were very inspired by our newest members. They shared with us how their priorities have changed and how they felt being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during this unique time. Thank you to the 30+ members that participated. It was a challenge to pick our finalists with so many wonderful essays to chose from. Congratulations to. our winners!
We have selected one (1) finalist and four (4) semi-finalists.
Demi A. Moore
Our finalist will have their essay published in The Key Reporter, be awarded $500 and have their essay published on our website. Our semi-finalists will also have their essays published on our website. We will post the essays this fall.
Questions? Reach out to the Young Professionals Committee
Young Professionals programming is led by the Vice Chairs of the Committee.
Are you interested in volunteering based on your availability?
Emerging Leaders provide feedback and volunteer on their own schedules. The group is on Slack and meets quarterly (virtual for now); they learn about volunteer opportunities and share their voices that help shape programming.
The Committee is always looking for Emerging Leaders to join us. Please fill out an interest form here.