YP Engages the Younger Generation in Leadership

You have most certainly heard of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals, but you may not know exactly what all these “YPs” are up to. Well, it is definitely a lot! This dynamic and impressive group of professionals in their twenties and thirties are actively planning, implementing, and managing programs, events, and campaigns in Jefferson City to keep the younger generations engaged in our community! This is not an easy task, but it is one our YP board and members are passionate about! The YP board works hard to identify what is most important to its members, such as providing professional development, education, community updates, networking, and volunteer opportunities.
Each month YP hosts a networking luncheon which also features a professional speaker that focuses on professional development skills or gives updates on community initiatives. YP also host monthly socials, quarterly membership events and other unique events through the year. 
YP’s largest event of the year is the YP Wine Competition. This fundraiser showcases wine and a local charity. This year the YP shared proceeds with The Red Slipper Warrior Project, an empowerment initiative designed to help women and little girls become warriors and better fighters in their battle with cancer.
Another of the YP’s signature events, The YP Summit, is a full day professional development seminar. The YP Summit attracts young professionals from around the state and wonderful presenters to too. This year they have secured the Special Olympics Missouri as the venue so it’s sure to be the best one yet! 
In addition to this wide range of events, YP also facilitates networking coffees and lunches, sports teams and behind the scenes tours of local industries…the list goes on! YP’s goal is to engage young professionals in our community which keeps the YP Board focused on providing opportunities in many forms and fashions for all their members! 
The best part of all these initiatives is that they are member driven and managed. There extremely active members lead the charge with creating, planning, and implementing all these events and campaigns! The experience gained by coordinating these hands-on activities is priceless. YP members are extremely grateful for all the opportunities the Young Professionals provides them and welcome and encourage others to join us! Find them on Facebook or on the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce website www.jcchamber.org.

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