Young, Black and Social:
8 Social Tips for the Urban Young Professional Living in Boston
by Farrah Belizaire, Founder and Managing Director of LiteWork Events
First Published: January 5, 2018 | Updated June 25, 2019
Known as both a college town and an early-career launchpad for millennial “go-getters”, Boston attracts a pretty large and diverse crowd of ambitious transplants and area natives, alike. Yet, in an area where it seems almost everyone is driven by one ambition or another, the Northeast gets a bad rap for being “cold” in more ways than one.
However, it doesn’t mean great connections and memorable experiences can’t be found! The truth is, your social experience is an important part of who you are here. Depression is real. Isolation is real. Just plain boredom is real. If you’ve found yourself in any of these predicaments lately, and if you find yourself asking “Where are all the Black professionals in Boston?” (a question I hear a lot), then check out these social tips for the urban young professional living in Boston!
1. Attend a networking event
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way… you’ll definitely have to consider attending a social networking event to expand your social circle. If you’ve found your way to this post, you’ve probably figured out what the LiteWork Events brand is about 😉 Think the opposite of nightlife – networking events/ mixers (#LiteWorkAfterWork), day parties and the arts.
There’s also the Boston Young Black Professionals (YBP), which organizes after work meetups, an annual beach day, and pretty much anything that might get Black and Brown folks to try something new. You may find one of the local Divine 9 orgs (see Fraternal Organizations) hosting a seasonal mixer as well. Civic organizations such as the Young Professionals Network of the local Urban League Chapter (YPN-ULEM) and the Boston Branch of the NAACP also occasionally host pop up after work gatherings. The Collier Connection is another resource for transplants and natives alike. For the guys, you can also make great connections at the Boston Men’s Dinner Group.