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
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. In a region where it seems almost everyone is just trying to get ahead, the Northeast gets a bad rap for being cold in more ways than one… but 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. Plain old boredom is real. If you’ve found yourself in any of these predicaments lately, check out these social tips for the urban young professional living in Boston!
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 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, such as Sigma Gamma Rho’s After7 Mixer, Omega Psi Phi’s Owt After Work or Alpha Phi Alpha’s Alphas After Work. 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. For the guys, you can also make great connections at the Boston Men’s Dinner Group.