A Better Way to Meet New People and Have Fun with Evergreen Young Adult Social Club
“Being a young person in society today is very hard to meet new people because the only way that you’re able to do that is online.”
In today’s world – the internet is the way to meet new people.
“Meeting somebody online is a lot different because you already have a perceived idea of them before you meet someone,” says Evergreen Young Adult Social Club member, Erin King.
Ideally, many people would like to make new friends or even meet a significant other the old fashion way – in person. And if you Google it, one of the best ways to meet new people is in a social place– like the bar. But for some, it just isn’t their thing.
“I don’t drink alcohol. I just don’t like the way it makes me feel or how it tastes. And I found a lot of people in traverse city that don’t drink, really struggled finding ways to socialize. Or even people that do drink, don’t want to drink all the time or have every event revolve around drinking,” says Jack Lankford, President and Co-founder of Evergreen Young Adult Social Club.
Jack Lankford noticed he wasn’t the only one that felt this way– 2020 was a tough year for many, making socialization very difficult.
Lankford shares, “For me it’s just really important that everyone deserves to have a friend. Everyone deserves to have someone to cry to, everyone deserves to have someone to celebrate with, everyone deserves a best friend.”
So he created a group where people can hang out together, without the pressures or promotion of alcohol, naming it evergreen young adult social club.
He says, “Drinking can be a great part of our culture, however a lot of people use it to numb pain or a lot of people use it because they feel like they have to, it’s a cool thing to do. And we are really pushing to have a healthier drinking culture.”
Focusing on the health benefits of social interactions without alcohol, especially when loneliness and struggles with mental health are both so prevalent among young people today.
“We’ve done things like talk and walks, which is a gentle hike where you get to talk to people, we’ve done some art nights, we do our monthly meetings which is when we make dinner together and hang out in a garden ,” says Lankford.
Inclusive to young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, of all backgrounds – Connecting people like Liam Berigan and Erin King,
Evergreen YASC member, Liam Berigan says, “It’s really been a highlight of my summer. It’s been really cool to go to these different events with people my age.”
“I think it’s cool to have a safe environment to meet in, and make new connections in, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re strangers went when you’re here because we’re just hanging out,” says King.
And even introducing them to various local businesses.
Berigan tells us, “There’s a real commitment and a lot of connection to business owners and the local community. More than just going out to the microbreweries that traverse city has a lot of, it gives opportunity and sheds light on some other interesting projects that are happening in town, that maybe sometimes get overlooked.”
Most importantly, group members leave feeling like they have a voice.
“At the end of the day, everyone felt supported and they left knowing that someone did care about how they felt. And they felt heard,” says Lankford.