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TYPE promotes community engagement

Published 3/14/18

Caleb Eutsler

TNE Writer

Tahlequah Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs is a group that works together to showcase what the community has to offer. TYPE gives young professionals a community of entrepreneurs by engaging communities around the Tahlequah area.
TYPE has events, meetings and multiple activities that are open to all students and the general public.

“Tahlequah Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs is a committee in the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce whose main focus is to provide activities that create opportunities for area young professionals to network,” said Erin Feller, TYPE president. “TYPE is a quality group of diverse young professionals, and we give young professionals a voice and an outlet for change in the Tahlequah and surrounding communities.”

Many of the opportunities TYPE offers its members are about hard work and making close like-minded relationships. In the fall of 2017, TYPE had many events and plan to do the same this year. From Ladies Night, Leadership Breakfast and Winter Clothing Drive, members drive themselves to grow and impact the community. By associating with one another and building relationships, careers and the community are improved.

“In the past we have made an effort to create activities that appeal to a broader range of members and volunteers,” said Feller. “We have added community service projects and hosted town halls for elected officials. We have coordinated the spring and fall My Tahlequah clean ups and will continue our involvement in this program. Additionally, we would like to continue to grow the government relations and economic development aspects.”

My Tahlequah is a day of service compiled of volunteers in the Tahlequah community. By going out and cleaning neighborhoods and picking up trash, volunteers learn and grow together. My Tahlequah is open to the public and anyone is invited to join.

“Our next event is Spring Cleanup in April,” said Alicia Eubanks, TYPE community engagement president. “It is held annually and brings a significant partnership between the city of Tahlequah and the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce by way of TYPE. Projects for this event may include trash pick up, painting and brush removal. Students can register on our website to receive the TYPE newsletter, as registration will be open for Spring Cleanup very soon.”

Students and members of TYPE not only get the opportunity to help the community, but they also grow themselves.

“I became a part of TYPE through researching what Tahlequah had to offer as far as networking for professionals,” said Marcus Bruner, NSU Healthcare Administration alumni. “I went to a meeting they hold every month and enjoyed chatting with everyone. I would encourage NSU students to be involved because it’s a great place to network and ask questions. The connections that the individuals of TYPE have are extraordinary. They can introduce students to people in similar career paths that students are studying. It also allows you to experience different career paths by listening to members speak about their businesses.”

TYPE has branched into five networks. It offers committees such as community engagement, economic development, government relations, entertainment and attractions and leadership development. These committees allow their members to get involved with the outreach they are most interested in.
“Tahlequah has a lot of potential for growth, and we are wanting to be strong advocates for development,” said Feller. “I would encourage others, especially current students, to get involved and make an effort to get to know other members. Member connections can be a huge help when making connections with potential employers.”

To sign up for TYPE, students can go to tahlequahype.com and enroll in their weekly newsletters. By attending one of their monthly meetings, future members are able to meet and speak with current members.

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