Friday, June 10, 2016

Tri-Lakes Young Professionals Play important Role

photo of TLYP's boardAs the community foundation of the Adirondack region, we spend a lot of time in the community. Lately, we’ve noticed a promising trend: more and more young people are visiting the Tri-Lakes, and some of them are starting to move here to open up businesses or join the workforce. Sure, it’s anecdotal – but sometimes you have to trust what you’re seeing.

We commend the Tri-Lakes Young Professionals (TLYP) for convening the young people who’ve decided to make the Adirondacks their home, and for building a network that keeps growing by the day.

On May 12, Adirondack Foundation teamed with TLYP to host a mixer at Heaven Hill Farm. With our special guest, Lansie Sylvia of Here’s My Chance, we explored how young people can give back and get involved. We look forward to working with TLYP and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network to promote ways for our young residents across the Adirondacks to stay engaged with their communities.

Special thanks to TLYP’s board for helping organize the mixer: Ashley Andrews, Sarah Wheeler, James Maswick, Kerry Blinn, Betsy Baxter, Jess Collier, Jeff Farrell, and Stephanie Gysel. Thanks also to Chris and Catherine Ericson of the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery for donating beer for the evening, and to the Uihlein Foundation for providing a beautiful space.

To learn how Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network are working to foster the next generation of nonprofit leadership, click here, or call (518) 523-9904.

Editors Note: The Tri-Lakes Young Professionals will be hosting their first Tupper Lake event at the Wild Center on Tuesday, June 14. From 5 to 6 pm, attendees will get the opportunity to explore the museum’s Wild Walk and indoor exhibits. From 6 to 7 pm, light snacks and a cash bar will be available during time to meet other young professionals and socialize under the Esplanade Tent next to the museum’s Greenleaf Pond. To RSVP email

Photo of TLYP’s board provided.

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Chris Morris lives in Saranac Lake and is communications manager at ACT, the community foundation of the Adirondacks. He has reported in the past for a variety of news outlets across the North Country, including the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, North Country Public Radio, and Denton Publications. His work has also appeared in the Adirondack Explorer and here at the Adirondack Almanack. He can be reached by email at

ACT, the Adirondack region’s community foundation, works to invest in a brighter future for the Adirondacks by inspiring philanthropy and community investment. Home to more than 220 charitable funds, ACT has awarded some $20 million in grants and scholarships in several broad categories, including education, environment, human well being, community vitality and culture. ACT is also leading a number of initiatives aimed at bolstering Adirondack communities and supporting nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

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